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Curse of the Hope Diamond

The Hope Diamond is the most famous diamond in the world. It now resides in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C., in the National Gem Collection. Many people know that it has a famous curse attached to it, but what are the details of the curse, and why is it in a museum in the United States today? The story has more twists and turns than a winding road. The curse of the diamond begins with its theft. In the mid-1600s, a French diamond merchant named Jean Baptiste Tavernier was traveling in India in search of treasure. He was...

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