A Mystical Brooch No One Wants to Even Touch

Croesus, the king of Lydia, who reigned for 14 years in the 6th century BCE, was legendary for his wealth. You might wonder what the man did to protect his treasures. Well, rumor has it that he used to put curses on his most valuable belongings, including the infamous King Croesus’s golden brooch, one of the most precious items in his jewelry collection.

For hundreds of years, the treasure of King Croesus lay underground, lost but not forgotten. But one day in 1965, several men came across the ancient burial mound of a Lydian princess. The men didn’t excavate all the treasure at once. They returned once again in 1968 but didn’t find anything but wall paintings. Among the artifacts they’d stolen, there was a beautiful golden brooch in the shape of a winged seahorse…

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Terrible things that happened to the thieves 1:30
Why the treasure had to be returned to Turkey 2:53
Where the real brooch?! 3:41
Other jewelry items that destroyed its owners:
– Black Orlov Diamond 4:31
– Koh-i-Noor Diamond 5:24
– Delhi Purple Sapphire 6:31
– The Star of India 7:55

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Star of Asia Sapphire 330 carats Burma Rumored to have once belonged to India’s Maharajah of Jodhpur: By thisisbossi from Washington, DC, USA – 2009 04 19 – 4697 – Washington DC – Natural History Museum – Star of Asia Sapphire Uploaded by PDTillman, CC BY-SA 2.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=30472285
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– In no time, the men realized that the fabled curse that’d been put on the treasures and, in particular, the brooch, 2,500 years ago, was far more than just a superstition.
– The thieves got caught by the police after one of their own betrayed his accomplices, unhappy with the way they’d divided the treasure.
– But being arrested wasn’t the only punishment the thieves had to live through for their crimes. One of the thieves lost his three sons under different tragic circumstances.
– In the 1970s, it was alleged that more than 200 items from King Croesus’s treasure had been bought by the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art around 1968.
– After a 6-year legal battle that was rumored to cost Turkey more than $30 million, the museum admitted that while purchasing the artifacts, they’d known that they’d been stolen.
– In 2006, 13 years after the artifacts had been relocated, it turned out that the famous golden seahorse brooch, which was on display in Turkey’s Uşak Museum, was a fake!
– During the investigation, the museum’s director admitted that he’d sold the real brooch, as well as some other artifacts, to cover his gambling debts.
– If you ever see the 67.5 carat (13 gr – 0.5 oz) Black Orlov Diamond, don’t touch it without a pair of gloves on, or at all (better safe than sorry, you know). That thing is as dangerous as it is gorgeous.
– The name of the 105-carat (21 g – 0.7 oz) Koh-i-Noor Diamond means “the mountain of light.”
– Every single man who wore the diamond lost his throne.
– Colonel W. Ferris did bring the Delhi Purple Sapphire to England, and while he had possession of the gem, his family suffered from countless health and financial problems.
– The Star of India is the largest known blue sapphire in the world. People talked about curses and spells that protected the sapphire.

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