The demand for vintage jewelry and diamonds is at an all time high, but is possible that the vintage diamond ring that you have your eye on in the window might be cursed? “Silverware, fine china and vases, estate jewelry and more tend to be passed down through the generations. Their seedy history is not always known at first; some find out only when it is too late” is the sentence that opens an article titled “Trinkets of death: curses, legends of well-known jewels” that appeared in the Seattle Times recently.
“He who owns this diamond will own the world, but also know its misfortunes. Only God, or a woman, can wear it with impunity” is the curse allegedly placed upon the infamous Koh-I-Noor diamond after it had been stolen from the deity Krishna. Only women and gods are immune to its curse, which means that I can totally wear and rock this colossal 186 carat chunk of divine bliss! It really makes no difference to me that some dude named Sher Shah Suri supposedly bit the big one in a cannon explosion shortly after coming into possession of the diamond. Nor that his son, Jalal Khan, who inherited the diamond was then murdered by his brother-in-law, while Khan allegedly clutched on to the diamond.
It’s not exactly my fault that Khan apparently lacked even the most basic knowledge of survival skills. He died clutching the diamond, when every 3rd grader knows that “You’ve got to know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em, know when to walk away, know when to run…” — Kenny Rogers, the Gambler.
Truth be told, they had my full attention at 186 carats. Throwing in the part about owning the world just seems like overkill — get it? Speaking of which, I’m really enthralled with the story that revolves around The Black Orlov Diamond, which weighs 67.50 carats, and which was apparently stolen out of the eye of a statute of the Hindu god of creation in Pondicherry. Which explains why The Black Orlov Diamond is also known as The Eye of Brahma Diamond. Allegedly the diamond which then weighed 195 carats, was stolen by a traveling monk and has been cursed ever since.
Ah-ha! See. I knew those little guys dancing around the airports in orange robes couldn’t be trusted! And curse-phooey on you if you’re not old enough to know what I’m referring to… Don’t worry, old guys like Wink from High Performance Diamonds are totally immune to this curse, as are any diamonds handled by them in the course of doing business, thus they can’t be infected with curse-cooties, and therefore it stands to reason that wearing a Crafted by Infinity diamond will only bring you good luck and immense pleasure for all of your days! In fact, I have it on good authority that wearing a CBI diamond around your neck will ward off evil spirits, block bad energy from entering your body, make you invisible to space aliens, and improve your appearance as a whole.
Tell your friends, you read it on the internet, therefore it must be true! And be sure to read the full article “Trinkets of death: curses, legends of well-known jewels” and “The Black Orlov Diamond” from the Monday Mystery series by King Jewelers if you’d like to know more about cursed gems. It’s a fascinating subject that features some of the world’s most incredible and famous diamonds and gems.
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