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Famous Diamonds

*Warning: This article doesn’t even meet — oh, just forget it. I don’t know why we try anymore. Just write whatever you want.



Here’s a brief overview of a few of the world’s most famous diamonds. Some are renowned for their size. Others are known for their beauty. A few are even famous for being cursed!

The Hope Diamond

Rumored to have been stolen from a golden idol in an Indian temple, this gem has brought bad luck to its many owners. Diamond trader Jean-Baptiste Tavernier sold the diamond to King Louis XIV of France and was later mauled by a pack of rabid dogs! The diamond proved no luckier for later collectors who suffered beheadings, suicides, bankruptcy, and scandals. This deadly diamond now sits safely in a display case at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. So you think. What does that mean? All I’m saying is that it’s really easy to make a realistic replica. So you’re saying it’s a fake?!! That’s crazy.

The Koh-i-noor

Like the Hope Diamond, the Koh-i-noor also passed through the hands of Jean-Baptiste Tavernier. Is this just a coincidence? Um, no. He was a DIAMOND trader. I mean, the fact that he has something to do with all these cursed diamonds. It’s pretty suspicious. The similarities don’t end there. The Koh-i-noor is also rumored to be cursed! Throughout the centuries, almost everyone who has tried to steal it has died a terrible, violent death. This just means someone was trying REALLY hard to protect it! The brilliant stone now rests atop a crown amidst a sea of royal jewels in the legendary Tower of London—another symbol of misfortune.

The Dresden Green

The Dresden Green diamond is one of the rarest in the world. This unique Indian gem could easily be mistaken for an emerald, but its color actually resulted from exposure to radioactive rays during formation. This well-traveled jewel has been admired around the world and is now on display in the Albertinum Museum in Dresden, Germany.

The Florentine Diamond

This legendary diamond also passed through the hands of Jean-Baptiste Tavernier, but it went missing years ago! During World War I, it was sent from Austria to Switzerland and then traveled to South America. The diamond has not been seen since.