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The Unreported Story Of The ‘Cursed’ Crown Jewel That The British Royal Family Refuses To Give Back
In the British Crown Jewels lives a gem that is said to be cursed. Not many know about the history of this cursed gem that was supposedly given to the royal family as a gift…
The Koh-i-Noor diamond is one of the most precious additions to the royal family’s collection, but pressure has been put on the family to return the diamond to its country of origin. While the Brits claim that the diamond was a gift, there are always two sides to every story…
In order to keep the gem safe, the royal family keeps it stowed away in protective cases along with all their other most expensive valuables. The massive jewel is kept next to the Tudor Crown and St. Edward’s Crown in the Tower of London, specifically in a vault dubbed the Jewel House. This famed diamond hasn’t always been in the clutches of the British royal family, however. In reality, the Koh-i-Noor gem has a complicated past that definitely portrays the royals in a different light…
Diamonds of India
For centuries, India was the world’s only source of diamonds. Most of the gemstones found in India were alluvial. This basically meant that they could be sifted out of river sands, and rulers of the subcontinent embraced their role as the first diamond connoisseurs. Although it’s impossible to know exactly where the Koh-i-Noor diamond came from and how it first came into the Mughal people’s possession, there is a clear point at which it appears in the written record.
It isn’t known exactly when the gem was discovered for the first time, but for centuries after it was found, the diamond passed between rulers and was often surrounded by chaos as people fought for power. Koh-i-Noor’s earliest appearance in written record was in 1628. Nestled inside the heart of a gem peacock, the jewel was the focal point of Shah Jahan’s (Mughal emperor) Peacock Throne. Ironically enough, the Mughals were more impressed by the color of the Timur Ruby, which was later discovered to be a red spinel or gem rather than a ruby.
Bounce The Bling
Shah Jahan’s son, Aurangzeb, formed a well-trained army and became its chief commander. Later, though Shah had fully recovered from his illnesses, Aurangzeb declared his father incompetent to rule and placed him on house arrest, essentially imprisoning him. The son’s coup led the diamond to ultimately change hands again and it continued to bounce between local rulers. For more than a century, Mughal rulers were in possession of the gem and controlling a prospering empire — that is, until the temptations of their thriving kingdom caught the attention of other power-hungry nations.
In 1739, the Koh-i-Noor gem was placed into the hands of the Persian emperor, Nader Shah. Nader entered and sacked the entire city of Delhi, ruthlessly seizing power along the way. Once Nader spotted the gem, he immediately had it plucked, believing a stone that rare deserved to be shown off. Many of the stones that were on the Peacock Throne actually ended up becoming part of the Persian Crown Jewels. This makes sense, considering the fact that the Persian troops stole the Mughal’s throne from the Red Fort before they fled the city.
Tit For Tat
In 1747, the gem fell to Nadir’s grandson, who then gave it to Ahmad Shah Durrani, founder of the Afghan Empire, in 1751. From India to what is now present day Afganistan, the Koh-i-Noor diamond went from ruler to ruler for 70 years. Finally though, in 1813, the diamond made its way home to India. The gem was now in the hands of Ranjit Singh, who was the founder of the Sikh Empire. He insisted that the gem be given to him in return for his hospitality.
As it changed hands, the meaning of the gem changed. According to Anita Anand — historian, journalist, and co-author of Koh-i-Noor: The History of the World’s Most Infamous Diamond — there was a shift in which the jewel went from being looked at as an impressive treasure to rather a symbol of capability. “It becomes this gemstone like the ring in Lord of the Rings, one ring to rule them all,” Anand told the Smithsonian. But how did it get to British hands?
Ranjit Singh returned the Koh-i-Noor diamond back to India, but after his death in 1839, the fragility of the next rulers left the diamond open to threats. It was then that the curse struck again with the deaths of Ranjit’s three older sons. This placed his youngest son, Duleep Singh, in power when he was just 5 years old. Of course, his mother ruled on his behalf as he was still too young to even dress himself. Interestingly enough, Duleep was actually the last Indian sovereign to possess the Koh-i-Noor…
The British Are Coming
That’s when the Brits came in. They had been eyeing the diamond for several years so when Duleep took the crown in 1849, the Brits made their predatory move. After Britain annexed Punjab, Duleep Singh stepped down from the throne and signed the stone over to Queen Victoria. The gem was safely placed and sealed in a small iron safe for its ship journey from India to England, but the diamond was said to have brought lots of turmoil during the expedition, including disease and massive storms.
Mountain of Light
Weighing in at 105.6 carats, it’s fair to say that the Koh-i-Noor gem is quite a rock. If you proposed to your girlfriend with this kind of diamond, there’s not even a slight chance she would say no. Also known as Kohinoor and Koh-i-nur, the name of this prized gem literally translates from the original Persian and Hindu-Urdu to mean “Mountain of Light.” Today, the jewel is heavily guarded, though you can still see it on display. But the chances of actually getting a close-up view are slim-to-none.
The Truth Comes Out
Despite what the British history books might have told us about a neat tale in which they received the Koh-i-Noor gem as a gift, there may still be a few holes in the story. So, what really happened? Well, the British forces essentially ambushed the young king. They kidnapped his mother, Rani Jindan, and proceeded to coerce Duleep into giving up the diamond. The Brits then made Duleep sign the Treaty of Lahore and, as a result, he had to step down and hand over his claim to the Punjabi throne.
When the Koh-i-Noor gem finally made it to England, the royal family wasn’t totally enthralled by the diamond’s looks. Queen Victoria had heard about the stone’s legendary beauty but was somewhat disappointed with its lackluster appearance. Still, the family thought that 1851’s Great Exhibition was the perfect place to debut the prized addition to their jewel collection. After all, this was an international exhibition in which people from all around the world would come to visit.
Unsurprisingly, people from all over the world did flock to England for the Great Exhibition to witness the Koh-i-Noor gem for themselves. After all, everyone had heard stories about the Koh-i-Noor diamond and its journey to the U.K. With a weight of 186 carats, people imagined a diamond that purely radiates unspeakable beauty. But after traveling far and wide to this exhibition, most left disappointed. According to The Times of June 1851, “Many people find a difficulty bringing themselves to believe, from its external appearance, that it is anything but a piece of common glass.”
As a result of this, Prince Albert and Queen Victoria decided to give the diamond a little makeover. They had the diamond polished and recut from 186 carats to 105 carats. After its little transformation, the Koh-i-Noor shined bright, almost reflecting its future with the royal family. The gem did now radiate unspeakable beauty, but recutting the Koh-i-Noor reduced its size by half. This didn’t upset Queen Victoria much, as she had it affixed to a brooch that she wore frequently.
Royal British Crown
After Queen Victoria’s passing, the Koh-I-Noor was set in two queen consorts’ crowns. In the year of 1937, the stone was set in the Royal British Crown, along with 2,800 other diamonds. The Koh-I-Noor currently resides in the Jewel House vault located in the Tower of London. It has a place there with other famous jewels, stones, and prized possessions. In fact, it sits right next to the Cullinan diamond, a jewel that undoubtedly tops the Sovereign’s Sceptre…
You might have gotten a little distracted by the glitz and glam of this magical jewel, but you didn’t forget that the diamond is said to be cursed, did you? The curse of the Koh-i-Noor gem dates back to a Hindu text, which states that even though the owner may own the world, “he will also know all its misfortunes” and “only a God, or a woman, may wear it with impunity.” All the men who have owned Koh-i-Noor have either lost their throne or have had other misfortunes befall them.
If truth be told, this gem seems to hold a lot of power. Throughout the history of the Koh-i-Noor diamond, anyone that owned it at one point lived a life filled with violence and everything that comes along with it. Even the royal family has taken necessary precautions — Queen Victoria stated that only the wife of the male heir to the British throne may wear the Koh-i-Noor gem. The diamond has only been worn by British royal women — Queen Victoria, Alexandra, Mary, and Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.
Who Wore It When?
While Victoria wore the diamond as a brooch, it eventually became part of the Crown Jewels after her passing. First in the crown of Queen Alexandra (the wife of Edward VII, Victoria’s oldest son) and then in the crown of Queen Mary (the wife of George V, grandson of Victoria). The diamond came to its current place of honor in 1937, at the front of the crown worn by the Queen Mother, wife of George IV and mother of Elizabeth II.
It’s safe to say that the Koh-i-Noor diamond has quite the past. It has been through a lot, to say the least. Whether or not it actually is cursed, the gem is safely hidden away. In reality, the last public appearance the famous diamond made was more than a decade ago. The jewel, which is prominently placed in the center of Queen Mother’s crown, shined proudly atop her casket during her funeral in 2002.
Who Does It Really Belong To?
Though the diamond is safely stowed away in the Tower of London, there have still been ongoing debates as to whether or not the diamond really does belong to Britain. Various different experts and historians have called Britain’s claim into question. Given the shady circumstances in which the diamond was passed along to them, the pressure for the royal family to return the prized Koh-i-Noor diamond to its rightful owner has been steadily increasing with each day…
Four different countries have claimed ownership of the Koh-i-Noor diamond: India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Britain. Britain has maintained full ownership over the gem. British historian Andrew Roberts, after reacting to one of many attempts by Indian groups to push for its return to India, was quoted in 2015, saying: “Those involved in this ludicrous case should recognize that the British Crown Jewels is precisely the right place for the Koh-i-Noor diamond to reside, in grateful recognition for over three centuries of British involvement in India…”
Clear It Up
Anita Anand — historian, journalist, and co-author of Koh-i-Noor: The History of the World’s Most Infamous Diamond – thinks one solution that doesn’t require removing the Koh-i-Noor diamond from the United Kingdom is to make the history of the diamond clearer (no pun intended). In an interview with the Smithsonian, she said, “What I would dearly love is for there to be a really clear sign by the exhibit. People are taught this was a gift from India to Britain. I would like the correct history to be put by the diamond.”
Still shrouded in myth and mystery, including the fact that the diamond is rumored to be cursed, one thing is for sure when it comes to the Koh-i-Noor diamond. This jewel, with all of its rich history, sparks plenty of controversy that is very much ongoing today. With that being said, though, the Koh-i-Noor is staying put in the United Kingdom for now. It doesn’t look like the royal family is likely to give up the diamond from their Crown Jewels anytime soon.
The Mountain of Light
Royal precious stones are well-known around the world, but few people know that some are actually cursed. There have been many incidents related to star-crossed jewels. Some might be well-known, while others can be a real revelation. This jewel was mined in India in approximately 1100 BC. From Persian to English, its name translates to Mountain of Light.
A Man’s Curse
The curse only pertains to men, and only women are capable of wearing it with impunity. Lots of people died trying to obtain the gem, but they failed miserably. After controversial circumstances, the jewel arrived in Britain, and it was worn exclusively by women. It is important to realize that it brought awful luck to the men of the royal house. More recently, even Queen Elizabeth II refused to wear the jewel. This was most likely to avoid its incredible wicked power.
The Perfect Jewel
The Darya-i-Noor, or Sea of Light, and the Great Mughal Diamond are great competitors to the Koh-i-Noor jewel, so people who believe that it is the best might be misled by this myth. Each of them weighs between 185-195 metric carats. The original diamond, before it got re-cut, had a few flaws. In the middle, a patch of light made it impossible to have a reflection of light.
The Kollur Mine
The jewel appeared in the Kollur mine in the 13th century. However, the diamond is enigmatic, because it is impossible to know for sure when and where it appeared. It can not be said with certainty where it actually came from. This is why this myth can easily be disclaimed.
Mughal and Other Myths
This was considered the most valuable jewel by the Mughals, but tastes were different even back in that time. Even though Hindus and Sikhs preferred diamonds, Mughals and Persian had other likings. They tended to choose much larger, uncut, and more distinctly colorful diamonds. Another myth states that it was taken from Mughal Emperor Muhammad Shah Rangila. The stone was placed in the middle of the most glamorous piece of furniture, Shah Jahan’s Peacock Throne. That made it impossible to smuggle it within his turban, as the myth tells. Lastly, it was believed that its size was reduced by a clumsy cutter and polisher. It is actually considered that the diamond that was ungracefully cut is none other than the Orlov. There is no proof that the Koh-i-Noor diamond was ever damaged, though.
In 1947, the Indian government requested the return of the diamond, but without any success. In 1953, they tried again, but failed once more. After Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation, every request was declined, because the proprietorship was non-negotiable.
In 1976, Pakistan claimed they should have the jewel returned to them, stating that it was simply common sense. They said it was carried from them to the British by the Maharajah of Lahore in 1849, but all these claims were in vain.
In 2000, the Afghan people tried to make their claim by revealing the history of the diamond. They demanded it be returned to them, considering that it was clearly taken from them by India. Shah Shuja Durrani’s memoirs describe how he was forced to give up the stone in order to save his son’s life, who was tortured in front of him. Nonetheless, the appeals were rejected.
The Deadly Hope Diamond
This can be considered one of the most well-known cursed jewels. In 1792, the French royal family lost the diamond during the brutal Reign of Terror. Following that, an American socialite, Evalyn Walsh McLean had the chance to wear it, but it didn’t turn out as she thought it would. After receiving the gem, she lost everything she had. First, she lost her son, then her husband, and lastly, their business went bankrupt. Now, it is placed in the Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum, and it has not been worn by anyone since then.
The Tragic Vladimir Tiara
This pearl and diamond tiara survived the Russian Revolution and was moved illegally from Russia to Britain. Even though it survived, its owner did not. Grand Duchess Vladimir did not get to wear it, as she died shortly after the tiara was saved. Following that, Queen Mary of the United Kingdom purchased it, but she didn’t have much luck, either. The curse seemed to have such powers that, in 1980, they changed the whole frame of the tiara. Despite all its history, it presently appears to no longer have any awful capabilities.
The Black Prince’s Ruby
This ruby is positioned in the center of England’s Imperial State Crown. It is often called “The Great Impostor.” because it is actually not a ruby, but a red spinel. To begin with, it was found next to the corpse of the Sultan of Granada by Pedro the Cruel. Nevertheless, he was attacked as soon as he gained possession of the ruby. Being helped by the so-called Black Prince, Edward of Woodstock, Pedro the Cruel offered the ruby as a reward. Regardless of his appreciated act, the ruby brought him no luck.
The Fraudulent Necklace
Queen Marie Antoinette of France was one of the biggest and unfairest victims of this jewel. Her husband ordered it for Madame du Barry, his mistress, but he passed away before he could pay for it and give it to her. Not to lose their money, the sellers attempted to offer it to Queen Marie Antoinette, but she didn’t even consider the thought of it. Fraudsters bought the necklace with her signature and then sold the gem in pieces. Even though she didn’t have anything to do with the necklace, she was blamed for it and was eventually beheaded.
The Haunted Hesse Strawberry Leaf’s Tiara
This diamond was meant to be offered as a wedding present by Prince Albert to his daughter, but he died before the event. Seventeen years after his death, the daughter, Princess Alice, yielded to diphtheria. Her three daughters died tragically, and her son also lost his daughter. In 1937, the tiara survived a brutal plane crash, which killed some of the family members. Even the flames weren’t enough to destroy the tiara, but it did demolish lives.
The Fatal Opal of Queen Mercedes of Spain
The opal ring was gifted by King Alfonzo XII’s mistress, the Countess of Castiglione to his first wife, Queen Mercedes. After the wedding, six months passed. Then, she tragically died, being defeated by a typhoid fever and a miscarriage. In the nineteenth century, the Spanish royal family had to bear with the death of several young members. It seemed like nothing but a curse could do such damage in such a short time.
The Spooky Sapphire Engagement Ring
The ring is perhaps one of the most popular ones in history. It was also worn by the well-known Princess Diana, who died in a car accident in 1997. Afterward, it was not worn at all. It does not seem to draw such bad luck in the present, though. Prince William decided to offer Kate Middlleton his mother’s ring, regardless of her tragic death. In this case, it appears some curses might be able to be lifted.
History will always be a mysterious part of our lives. Its content can reveal a lot of information regarding people, relationships, kingdoms, wealth, properties, battles, and even jewels. Cursed gems are widely heard of, and many were discouraged from owning them. The ill-fated situations were explained by different types of curses that we read or hear about. It is important to read and try to understand all the facts provided. Some stories may come as a surprise.