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Perhaps no other gem is surrounded by so many ominous legends. This sapphire-blue stone is called cursed; it is credited with a deadly influence on the fate of its owners. If you believe the rumors, the blue diamond caused the death of the jeweler Tavernier, who gave it to the French king Louis XIV, and Louis himself, and also brought misfortune to the Queen of France Marie Antoinette, caused the death of its next owners in the sinking of the Titanic and destroyed the family of the messenger who delivered him to the Smithsonian Institution, where he is now. However, scientists believe these stories are fiction. Moreover, upon closer examination, it turns out that such stories are not very similar to the truth. For example, the jeweler Tavernier was 83 years old at the time of his death, and King Louis XIV was 78 years old, so there is no need to look for additional reasons for their deaths in a mystical curse. The stone is believed to be part of a larger diamond found in the Kollur mines in Golconda. Legends say that for some time this blue stone was the eye of a statue of a Hindu deity. During one of his visits to India, the French traveler and jeweler Jean-Baptiste Tavernier bought it and brought it to the court of King Louis XIV. In France, the stone was cut and a diamond weighing 67,125 carats was obtained (according to another version – 69 carats). Until 1792, the blue stone was in the hands of the French ruling dynasty, and then, when the royal family came under arrest with the outbreak of the revolution, it was stolen from them along with other crown treasures. In the 1830s, Briton Henry Philip Hope bought a beautiful blue diamond weighing 45,52 carats (according to other versions – 44,4, 44,2 or 42,5 carats). Diamonds of this color and purity are very rare, so the assumption immediately arose that this stone, named after the owner “Hope” (English: “Hope”), is a fragment of the famous blue French diamond, or it itself after recutting. Currently, this fact is considered proven. Until 1908, the blue stone belonged to the Hope family, then, apparently, it was sold to the Turkish Sultan. In 1910, the Hope Diamond was purchased by jeweler Pierre Cartier, who, according to some sources, began to spread rumors about the curse of this stone. Cartier set a blue diamond in the necklace. The next owner of the blue diamond was American socialite Evelyn Walsh-McLean, who loved it so much that she almost never took it off. After her death, Hope was inherited by her grandchildren, who sold it to jeweler Harry Winston. In 1958, he donated the stone to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, where Hope remains to this day. By the way, apparently it was “Hope” that served as the prototype for the “Heart of the Ocean” gemstone from the movie “Titanic”. Other answers Yes, there is, the prototype of the Heart of the Ocean diamond was sold in 1995 at Christie’s auction in London. The diamond was cut in the shape of a heart and was exactly blue. The weight of the real prototype is only 13,75 carats, and it was sold for 7 million 791 thousand dollars ($7791000). Thus, the price for one carat of diamond was 565 thousand dollars ($56500). I want this DIAMOND
I saw such a necklace in an online store =)
I share the link The Hope Diamond is one of the most famous diamonds of the New World. The crystal clear, deep sapphire blue diamond of 45,52 carats became famous as an ominous, fatal stone that brought terrible troubles, illnesses and misfortunes to all its owners. Despite its notoriety, the blue diamond was fanatically hunted at all times, repeatedly stolen and ransomed from its owners for fabulous sums. Its origin is lost in the centuries. This diamond came to Europe in the 17th century thanks to a certain Jean-Baptiste Tavernier, a traveler and part-time royal supplier of precious stones. He delivered the blue diamond to France directly to the court of Louis XIV and, according to French chroniclers, presented the stone to his monarch as a gift in exchange for the title of nobleman. In the narrow circles of the court nobility, the radiant crystal began to be called the “Blue Eye of Louis.” Tavernier had previously traveled for a long time in India, where he visited the court of Shah Jahan in Agra and the famous diamond mines of Golconda. But how a huge blue diamond ended up in his hands, no one knows for sure. The most common version says that this crystal was the eye of the god Rama, whose statue it decorated until it was stolen by unknown people. According to local beliefs, the angry god Rama cursed the thieves and all subsequent owners of the stone, so the diamond brought and brings only death, grief and misfortune to its owners. In addition, the left eye of the statue of Lord Rama was a punishing eye. Tavernier, having written his memoirs, soon died mysteriously in Russia, passing through Moscow, and, apparently, was buried there. Nobody knows who buried the French adventurer and where his grave is. The diamond brought by Tavernier originally weighed about 115 carats, but after the Hope came into the possession of the French King Louis XIV, the royal jeweler made several smaller stones from it. One of them, which once adorned the ring of Empress Maria Feodorovna, is now kept in the Diamond Fund of the Moscow Kremlin. The largest “shard” of Indian diamond, weighing 69 carats, appeared in the inventories of the royal treasures as the “blue diamond of the crown” (French: diamant bleu de la Couronne) or “blue Frenchman”. It is believed that Louis XIV wore it around his neck set in a gold pendant. Under him, France waged continuous wars, which placed a heavy burden on the country and ruined it. Louis himself died after several days of agony from gangrene in his leg, which the king damaged when falling from a horse while hunting. We can say that the stone did not bring him happiness. Smart Hollywood screenwriters are good at making inanimate things full-fledged characters in a story. Subsequently, the viewer invariably evokes associations with these objects with the film in which they appeared. For example, what movie does a glove with long iron claw blades bring to mind? “Wolverine”, of course! Well, or A Nightmare on Elm Street, depending on the length of the blades. Gold ring with luminous script? “The Lord of the Rings”, of course. The red and blue pills are from The Matrix and so on. How about a pendant with a blue stone cut into a heart shape and surrounded by diamonds? Yes, that’s right – this is the blue diamond “Heart of the Ocean” from the touching story about the love of the young aristocrat Rose and the poor artist Jack, which broke out on board the doomed Titanic. What is true in this story and what is fiction? Does the “Heart of the Ocean” diamond really exist or is it a figment of the imagination of the authors of the picture? And if the jewel is not made up, then where is the “Heart of the Ocean” now – a diamond that witnessed one of the most tragic events of the beginning of the last century? Read the true story of the Heart of the Ocean diamond. And at the very end of the article, you will learn how to become the owner of a jewelry completely identical to Rose’s necklace, given to her by her fiance on the Titanic.

Price issue

Let’s start with money. In our pragmatic times, many are interested in how much the “Heart of the Ocean” diamond cost, and how much it could cost now. Blue diamonds are some of the rarest in the world and are only mined at the Cullinan mine in South Africa. The market value of a natural diamond of this fancy color ranges from $150 to $000 per carat. According to experts, the real stone that adorned Rose’s neck on the Titanic would weigh about 350 carats – 70 grams! For comparison, the construction of the Titanic itself cost the owners $7,3 million. Now, taking into account inflation, this is approximately $200 million. This means that if the Heart of the Ocean diamond really existed, the price of the original would be comparable to the cost of building the Titanic itself. liner, which, for a minute, was the most luxurious for its time!

Reality and fantasy

James Cameron, whose star burned so brightly just after the release of Titanic, was very meticulous about details. According to rumors, before taking on the script, he dived to the sunken liner several times so as not to miss a single nuance. And the appearance of the “blue diamond of the crown” in the first scenes of the film should have alerted the attentive viewer and prepared him for the fact that the story would end tragically.

Diamond Hope

Fig 2. Diamond Hope

The most famous large blue diamond, which is said to have become the prototype of the “Heart of the Ocean”, is an Indian diamond given to Louis XIV by the traveler Jean Tavernier. Legend has it that the roughly cut, 115-carat triangular stone originally served as decoration for a statue of an Indian deity for four centuries. During religious rituals, he was sprinkled with the blood of victims, and after being stolen from the temple, he was cursed. The French king considered the diamond not perfect enough, and on his order the stone was split into several pieces. The fragment, weighing 69 carats, adorned the royal personage (Louis XIV wore the stone set in gold as a pendant, and his successor as a pendant for the order) and called the “blue Frenchman”, and became the prototype of the “Heart of the Ocean”. They say that the curse punished both Louis and the jeweler-donor – both died. True, historians recall with a grin that at the time of his death Tavernier was 83 years old, and Louis was 78. A very respectable age to retire from old age. The next owner of the “French” was Marie Antoinette. And, of course, all the misfortunes that befell her are attributed not to the extravagance and short-sightedness of the royal family, but to the “cursed diamond.” Then, for half a century, the trace of the blue diamond of the French crown is lost, and is only found in the 30s of the 45th century – now the stone is part of the collection of the English banker Henry Hope. Hope recut the stone, reducing its weight to XNUMX carats, and inserted it into a necklace. After the death of the banker, the diamond was sold to the Turkish ruler, and then fell into the hands of the legendary Pierre Cartier. It was the latter that gave it the shape of a heart. Then the Hope diamond (the banker gave it a family name) changed several owners and owners, after which it became part of the exhibition of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington.

The fate of the “film diamond”

By the way, the gold necklace of actress Kate Winslate did not contain a diamond at all, but tanzanite framed with zirconium. The prop necklace, made by jewelers Asprey & Garrad, cost the studio approximately $10. After the success of the film, the first luxury replicas appeared. The first one was worn by Celine Dion at the Oscars. It was made from a huge sapphire weighing 000 carats, surrounded by 171 diamonds. The second one appeared at the same ceremony. A piece of jewelry with a real 103-carat blue diamond was spotted on the neck of Gloria Stewart, who played the role of elderly Rose in the film.

Romantic decoration for romantic ladies

Fig 3. Pendant with diamond Heart of the Ocean to order

The necklace and the lyrical story of Rose and Jack so impressed the audience that many of them rushed to order or buy replicas of “Heart of the Ocean.” Only $160 million worth of jewelry similar to Rose’s jewel has been sold in the world. And if you, too, while watching Titanic, at least once mentally tried on Rose’s necklace, then now you have the opportunity to do it in reality. Our company’s jewelers will carefully and with great attention to detail make for you an exact copy of the “Heart of the Ocean” pendant, indistinguishable from the real thing. You can order it in the “Custom Diamond Pendants” section. And let this magnificent jewel mark for you the beginning of your own romantic story, which is sure to be happy.

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