At first, it might sound crazy to think a piece of jewelry could be a sign of bad luck or cursed somehow, however, it’s more common to find these items, than you would think. We have seen it through history, with lots of stories and legends about all sorts of cursed jewelry. Either you believe in superstitions, myths, or even coincidences, there are many stories about pieces that drove people to madness, multiple misfortune, or even death. Now, I’m going to explain to you how to find out if a piece is cursed or not, and get into some of the most famous pieces of jewelry that became memorable for its curses.
Testing Out Objects for Curses
There are plenty of stories of jewelry items causing bad things to its owners, but how do you make sure your object is cursed or not? However, there’s a lot of debate about if there is any trustworthy method or not, or even if these really work, as many of them are religious related.
Just like you would do on an exorcism, you can use holy water to see whether an item is cursed or not, as it will shine in a positive case. Another way to learn is the altar test – this consists in dropping the jewelry piece from an altar, and if the item glows black, then it’s a sign that it’s cursed. Priests are also allowed to determine the cursed status of any item and see its beatitude. A few even believe that a pet can also identify them, as they will hesitate to move over anything that could be cursed. In spite of all that, always be careful around an object that you suspect that it could be cursed – with some things, we shouldn’t joke around. Now that you’ve got an idea of the signs a cursed jewel can present, let’s go over the stories of the most famous ones.
The Delhi Purple Sapphire
This jewel piece is quite famous and even though it has “sapphire” on its name, it’s actually an amethyst. The stone was stolen by a British soldier, back in 1857, and since then, bad things started to happen in his life. When the suspicions started to turn to the gem, he decided to lend it to a friend, which lead to something super strange happen – his friend ended up committing suicide. A few years later, the gem ended up in the hands of a scientist known for his rationality, a very skeptical person, but no longer than a couple months, this scientist left behind all reason and started blaming the stone for a series of unfortunate events. There’s also rumors it even went to the hands of a singer who later lost his voice forever.
When found again, it was locked inside seven boxes, surrounded by protective charms and with a written warning – “Whoever shall then open it, shall first read out this warning, and then do as he pleased with the jewel. My advice to him or her is to cast it into the sea.”
The Hope Diamond
There are a lot of fine jewelry that have been passed through family for centuries, many with long history and great value, either sentimental or monetary. The Hope Diamond is probably the most famous cursed item in the world, and it dates back to the 17th century. This diamond is known as the most valuable blue diamond in the world and the story goes back to 1668, when it was purchased by a French traveler, ending up later in the hands of King Louis XIV. Four years later, he and his wife were beheaded (a curse, or just bad luck?). Many years later, this gem was sold to Evalyn Walsh Mclean, who knew the cursed story of the jewel, and decided to ignore it, saying that unlucky items were good luck to her. Unfortunately, this wasn’t the case, as her family ended up all in different tragedies. From her son, to her daughter, and even to her husband, all suffer from madness or car accidents. The last owner decided to donate the diamond to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C, where it’s still kept to this day.
There are a lot of mysteries around many things in this world, some believe it, some don’t, but the point is that we can’t deny the existence of strange events, even though some are too old to have living proof of it, and others just a way of fabricating mystery. But this is what happens with stories like this, and as a great writer once said: great stories go around until they become legends and one-day myths, but that doesn’t mean they didn’t happen. The world is full of secrets and we are far away from knowing even a tiny bit of them, so curses are something that could really happen, but what do you think?