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  1. 1. (888) 983-9588Most Infamous Diamonds and Gems
  2. 2. (888) 983-9588• ZBais has uncovered the 10 most infamous diamonds and gems. Notorious diamonds may simply be a case of sheer superstition – or there could actually be some truth to it.• These so-called ‘bad luck’ or ‘cursed’ diamonds all have a reputation that precede them, likely much to the chagrin of their owners or would-be owners. It is believed that somehow or other, pure bad luck and/or tragedy – even resulting in death – sooner or later befalls the owners of such diamonds.
  3. 3. • Diamonds of this designation have such a difficult time casting off their negative image that even the most minor demonstrations of unlucky fate are inevitably and predictably attributed to the ‘cursed’ diamonds.• Whether or not these diamonds are justly given such an undesirable reputation, the lore that follows them has already been authored and the damage, for better or worse, has been done.
  4. 4. 1010 The Taylor Burton Diamond • Welsh actor Richard Burton and legendary actress Liz Taylor has been associated with each other a lot of times. • Burton pampered Taylor with a lot of jewels and diamonds but the most famous one that he gave her was the Taylor-Burton diamond which was of pear shape and was of 69 karats. • During that time, it cost over a million US dollars and Taylor even wore it to the Princes Consort of Monaco’s birthday.
  5. 5. 99 The Sancy Diamond: • The Sancy diamond came into prominence when King Henry III wore it on his cap that covered his receding hairline. • This 55.23 carat Diamond has a yellowish color. King Henry IV asked to borrow it, but it never made it to him. • The person carrying it had swallowed it and this fact was discovered after an autopsy. The jewel today lies in the Apollo Gallery at the Louvre Museum.
  6. 6. 88 The Regent Diamond • The 140.64 carat diamond was carefully fitted into Napoleon Bonaparte’s sword. The diamond itself has a bluish look to it. • It made its way to France through India by a slave. Napoleon’s second wife took it back to her home country of Austria. • Her father later gave it as a tribute to the French and the diamond is now displayed at the Louvre Museum.
  7. 7. 77 The Hortensia Diamond • The Hortensia Diamond was named after Napoleon’s granddaughter through his step child. It is 20 carats in size. • It was stolen along with many other jewels in 1792 and later recovered. It was again stolen in 1830 and again covered. Today it is also at the Louvre Museum.
  8. 8. 66 The Star Of Africa Diamond • This diamond is of a mammoth size of 530.20 carats. It is a cut out of Cullinan, which was about 3000 carats. • It is today part of the Royal Scepter of British Crown Jewels, which is guarded at the Tower of London.
  9. 9. 55 The Shah Diamond • From its discovery, it has become symbolic with Indian history and its aristocracy. It is crystal clear and is of 88.7 carats. It has inscriptions of Arabic text on it. • The diamond itself lost Indian possession when it was given to the Kremlin in making sure that they wouldn’t vow revenge for the murder of a Russian diplomat.
  10. 10. 44 Darya-ye Noor Diamond • The 182 carat diamond was discovered in India, and it was passed down from one Mughal emperor to another. • Naseer-Al Din Shah Qajar used it in his armband, and other royals started using it in their clothes. It was kept in the Golestan Palace for safety.
  11. 11. 33 The Eureka Diamond • Discovered in South Africa this huge 231 carat diamond was discovered by a shepherd boy near Orange River. It was later bought to England at Windsor Castle. • It changed hands multiple times before being bought by the De Beers Conglomerate. It is today is Kimberly Museum in South Africa.
  12. 12. 22 The Dresden Green • The Greenish 40.7 carat diamond is named after the German city of Dresden. The King of Saxony’s son bought it from India. • Many jewels were specifically bought to make Dresden more beautiful. It is today displayed in the Albertinium Museum in Dresden.
  13. 13. 11 The Hope Diamond • This deep blue diamond is speculated to have very bad luck for its owner. The Sun King Louis XIV bought it from a trader. It was cut into half by Louis XIV to fit into his crown jewels. • It was later passed down to Louis XV, who placed it in another of the royal jewels. It was stolen during the French Revolution. It later made it into the hands of the wealthy Philip Henry Hope, from whom it got its name from. • Later the heiress Evelyn Walsh McLean purchased it and further cut it into 45.52 carats. Harry Winston the jeweler later bought it after McLean passed away and donated it to the Smithsonian Museum.
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