Marylin Monroe apparently knew what she was singing about. Diamonds are a girl’s best friend. Well, not all diamonds are friends. That’s where the Orlov diamond comes in – notorious for ruining his owners’ lives and… Yes, it is black! And, its past and origin are as dark as its color.
Legend has it that the Orlov diamond is “The Eye of Brahma” – a 195-carat gemstone that was inlaid in a Hindu statue near Pondicherry, India. In 1747, it was stolen under mysterious circumstances. Several hours before its disappearance, a monk was seen in the shrine who was later believed to be a thief.
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The gemstone that killed three princesses 1:08
The Black Orlov in New York 2:49
Is the curse broken? 3:47
How ancient are diamonds? 5:14
What’s so special about black diamonds? 6:04
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– Neither the monk nor other possible thieves were ever found, and any trace of the diamond was lost for many years. Much later, in the 18th century, it popped up in Great Britain.
– Princess Orlova’s story is a bit of a mystery. For a long time she was believed to be a fictional character. Historians couldn’t find any references to her biography.
– There are records of two more Russian princesses who owned the black diamond and shared the same terrible fate: Leonila Galitsine-Bariatinsky and Maria Leshchinskaya.
– In 1932 the Black Orlov was bought from an unknown source by J.W Paris – a well-known New York gem dealer.
– The next owner, Charles S. Winston, was shaken by Paris’s tragic demise and tried to break the diamond’s alleged curse by cutting it. He asked an Austrian jeweler to cut the diamond into 3 pieces.
– The present owner of the infamous stone, a diamond dealer from Pennsylvania named Dennis Petimezas, bought it in 2006.
– Petimezas had never seriously believed in the diamond’s dark powers. He studied its history and found that there weren’t any troubles linked to it for about half a century.
– The Black Orlov is now part of a 108-diamond brooch suspended from a 124-diamond necklace and is sometimes on display at international gemstone exhibitions.
– It takes that long for diamonds to form at a depth of about a hundred miles (160 km). Imagine very high temperatures (1,652 – 2,370°F (900 – 1,300°С)) and extremely high pressure existing for millions of years deep inside the Earth’s mantle.
– While pure diamonds are big solid crystals, carbonados have a polycrystal structure. They’re made of many tiny crystals linked with each other.
– Black diamonds come from only 3 places and no other pure or colored diamonds are found there: The Central African Republic, Brazil and The Kozelski Volcano in Kamchatka, Russia.
– Carbonados have graphite and hematite in their crystals. These substances absorb light, while pure diamonds let it through. It’s believed that the black hue also appeared due to radiation.
– The quality of the gemstone depends on the initial substance and the jeweler’s skills. The cheapest carbonados are produced in India.
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