This Diamond is as Cold as Ice: The Curse of the Hope Diamond

By Karen Harris
Visitors flock to the Harry Winston exhibition Hall to see the Hope diamond with 45.52 carats in the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington,D.C. on January 13, 2012. The Hope Diamond has been returned to its original Cartier setting.

The Hope Diamond, a magnificent 45.52-carat blue diamond, has a reputation for being unusual, breathtaking and expensive but it is also equally known for the curse that is said to surround the gem. Many, though not all, of the diamonds former owners, have experienced odd strokes of bad luck when they were in possession of the diamond, though other owners seemed to have escaped the gem’s violent curse. Here we will take a look at the curse of the Hope Diamond, some of the gem’s victims, and some who have dodged the curse.