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The Cursed Quarter-Billion Dollar Diamond That Brings Death Wherever It Goes

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The Hope Diamond is one of the most famous chunks of mineral in the history of the world, and the mystery of the Hope Diamond Curse is a big part of that. What is the curse of the Hope Diamond? To some, it’s an eerie and unexplainable pattern that sees those who come into close contact with the $250 million jewel experience misfortune, tragedy, and, often, death. To others, it’s an overblown and exaggerated myth made up of specious stories and spurious connections. As it often is, the truth lies somewhere in the middle.

The Hope Diamond, which first entered history in the 17th century, has been around for a long time, and it has been owned by individuals who have experienced great tragedy; however, it’s also been owned by plenty of people who haven’t. In between, it’s been alleged to have been owned by a number of people for which there is no evidence of ownership, in a bid to deepen the mystery of the supposed curse. In the end, the saga of the Hope Diamond is likely nothing more than proof that bad things can happen to rich people, too.

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