It is believed that this black diamond, called the Eye of Brahma, caused many deaths because it was stolen from a temple in Pondicherry
This is the story of a very famous black diamond. Name: Eye of Brahma. Or Black Orlov. A diamond so beautiful to behold but which brings misfortune in its wake. The story begins in India.
19th century. It is believed that the diamond, which was 195 carats at the time, was stolen from a Brahma temple in Pondicherry. According to the tale, this was an eye of the statue of Lord Brahma. Legend has it that one day a Jesuit clergyman stole it and shipped it abroad. Now people see it as a cursed diamond. Even foreigners believe the curse of Brahma and that the theft led to the curse. In 1932, a diamond merchant named J. W. Paris took the diamond to the United States: he jumped out of a school building in New York City and committed suicide soon afterward.
The diamond was later in the possession ofo two Russian princesses. The first was Princess Leonila Galitzin-Baryatinsky, and the second was Nadia Vigin-Orlov [from whom the diamond is also known as the Blacl Orlov]. The two allegedly committed suicide by jumping out of a building in the 1940s.
Charles F. Winson later acquired it, and cut it into three pieces to break the curse. He placed a 67.5 carat diamond in a diamond necklace. Diamond merchant Dennis Petimezas later acquired the diamond in 2004. He later said that the diamond did not appear to be cursed any more. Actress Felicity Huffman decided to wear this at the 2006 Oscar Awards, but that decision was later changed.
[Autotranslated from Malayalam]
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