Curse Adds to Hope Diamond's Appeal

Curse Adds to Hope Diamond's Appeal
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Ever since the Hope Diamond, one of the largest and most famous colored diamonds in the world, appeared on the market in the 1830s, it has become notorious for allegedly spreading a deadly curse to those who dare to possess it.

Greek jewel broker Simon Moancharides gained custody of the glittering gem in the early days of the 20th century. Soon after selling it, he pulled an unintentional "Thelma and Louise"… with his wife and child in the horse-drawn carriage beside him.

Heiress and D.C. socialite Evalyn Walsh McLean enjoyed the latest bauble in her collection for many years, often allowing her Great Dane to share in the pleasure of wearing it, before she lost her son, her daughter, her mother-in-law, her husband, and her fortune.

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