What is it?
The Hope Diamond is a large blue gem. Although its name is the
Hope Diamond, it certainly isn’t very hopeful, and would better off
being called the Diamond of Doom. It once was set in the brow of an
Indian temple idol, but a thieving priest stole it. His punishment was a
slow and painful death.
The Hope Diamond was discovered in the Golconda mines of
southwest India. It was bought by a French merchant, but sold it off for
a great profit. However, this profit was used to pay off huge debts
racked up by his son. He then traveled to India, only to be killed by
savage wild dogs. This diamond, however, traveled through many hands of
royalties, and with each royal owner came a deathly omen. King Louis
lost a large portion of his popularity and empire, and he and Queen
Marie Antoinette were executed.
After some time, a diamond cutter was asked to cut the diamond,
in which he succeeded, but he failed to erase the harmful properties of
the diamond. His son stole it, and the diamond cutter committed suicide.
A rich banker, Hope, then bought it. This is how the name, Hope Diamond,
was derived. When his descendants sold it, Lord Francis Hope was
penniless. The buyer however, went mad and killed himself. The next two
owners of this jewel were also killed.
However, there is one who managed to avoid this cruel fate. He
did not sell it, but he gave it away. He donated it to the Smithsonian
Institution, in which it still resides today.
What could it be?
The Hope Diamond is really an enigma, an object with the uncanny ability to impress upon its owners the devouring sickle of death. One ponders over its mysterious past with much fear, but as to what it could really be, it is truly, a seemingly innocuous diamond with piercing blue rays.