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Here's a list of Jewelry That's Jinxed, Cursed, Maybe 
Even Lethal -- Infamous Jewelry with Really Bad Vibes...

This jewelry is said to be mysterious, destructive, notorious -- take 
a look at some of the bonechilling superstitions about these haunted 
trinkets of death and mayhem...and beware.

Many centuries of superstition have been associated with gemstones.

They're spectacular, but could they be lethal? 

Diamonds and rubies and pearls and sapphires…these precious  stones hold more than just glitter 
and gleam and prestige; they have been said to also trigger mystery, sorrow and misfortune.

While hoping to draw good fortune and luck, or ward off an evil eye, believers over the millennia 
have felt that gems could have both positive and negative properties, and that gems also possessed 
the power to protect, inspire, heal, attract love, money and success, and much more (see my list of 
Gemstone Metaphysical Properties
for more info on legends, healing and magical properties, powers,
benefits and energies of gems, crystals and minerals.) 

Admittedly, several superstitions have pointed to some really bad-news bling. Cursed, infamous, 
haunted jewelry has been believed to cause misery, to ruin careers, deliver misfortune, bring marital 
hell, madness, bankruptcy, bad health, looming debts, possibly even induce death. Tales of death,  
destruction, ruined fortunes, and more have been linked with famous sparklers over the centuries. 

Some of these infamous gems were said to incite bloody ancient battles, cause members of royalty to 
suffer agonizing deaths, prompt leapers to propel themselves from rooftops, and other tales of horror, 
suffering, mysterious maladies, and death.   

So for all their shimmer and gleam, some jewelry was believed to be jinxed, to trigger unspeakable misery.

Even though it's said that some of these horrifying, bad-bling histories of famous jewels were probably 
fabrications, or maybe embellished over the decades, it really might seem like some gems did give off
some really bad vibes to their owners ...

Here are a few of the most notorious haunted accessories that have either brought death to their owners, 
or drove them mad as a hatter -- at least that's the stuff of legends. 

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PLEASE NOTE:  Another serious warning - The threat from dangerous, toxic jewelry 
is still very real with cadmium infused into imported fashion/costume jewelry. The 
toxic jewelry contamination was tested and reported by the
Center for Environmental 
which says, "If you're the person that buys and is wearing that jewelry, you 
don't really care whether it's a common problem or a rare problem," said Caroline Cox, 
senior scientist at the CEH.
"You have a problem." 

Full Associated Press report and other crucial media coverage of contaminated fashion/ 
costume jewelry at bottom of this page for your safety.

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But first, in keeping with our immediate subject, we begin with the oldest example 
of lethal gems...

The curse of Tutankhamun...
in an inscription near the door of his tomb read: "Death shall come on swift wings to him who disturbs the 
peace of the King.” After the boy king's unprecedented jewels and treasures in his burial chamber were 
discovered, the death of excavators and visitors promptly followed, beginning in February 1923.

The prime example was the sponsor of the tomb's dig, Lord Carnarvon, who happened to be bitten on the 
cheek by a mosquito. Then when he was shaving, he then made the bite worse, which infected his wound. 
That resulting in him dying in a delirious fever. Now this is creepy - it's said that when an autopsy was
performed on the young pharaoh's body, a similar lesion was found on King Tut's cheek. Plus, rumor has 
it, (and this is really creepy) that when Lord Carnarvon died, his entire house went dark -- for no reason.

What adds to the intrigue here is that the media then reported that a snake had eaten Lord Carnarvon's 
pet bird, and that allegedly, Lord Carnarvon's dog back in England died at almost the same time that his 
master passed away in Egypt. 

The media continued having a field day, and also reported that a rich American died of pneumonia after 
having visited King Tut's tomb. Plus, one of Carter's tomb excavation crew died from what was thought 
to be arsenic poisoning.

It's said the total tally here includes at least five more victims of Tutankhamun's curse, who died very 
shortly back then after they came in contact with either King Tut's mummified remains, or some of the 
tomb artifacts. 

Here's another nail biter: Howard Carter had made gift of a mummified hand paperweight to a friend. It 
had an inscribed bracelet which read: “Cursed be he who moves my body. To him shall come fire, water 
and pestilence." Interestingly, shortly after Carter's friend received this gift, his house burned down. 
And after he rebuilt the house, it was whacked by a flood.

With a fast forward from the 1920s to the 1970s, a major Cairo museum official is said to have died the 
very night after he sorted King Tut's artifacts which were being shipped to the British Museum for 
exhibition. And imagine this, the story goes that three of the aircraft personnel who had flown King Tut's 
treasures and antiquities to England for display had heart attacks soon after. Cursed bling, for sure. 
Stay tuned right here for some more trinkets of death.

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Here's a horrifying heirloom tale -- the Koh-I-Noor Diamond.

The Koh-I-Noor Diamond came with this terrifying curse which predicted that: "“He who owns this 
diamond will own the world, but also know its misfortunes. Only God or a woman can wear it with 
impunity.” Well, the 186-carat stone's curse promised to bring sickness and death to any man who 
wore it -- confirming that only women and gods could flaunt this bling of the damned.

Throughout history, this incredible gem traded hands among various Hindu, Mongolian, Persian, 
Afghan and Sikh rulers, who each fought bitter and bloody battles to own the prized Koh-I-Noor 
Diamond (Persian for "Mountain of Light”).

For a time, it had served as the eye of an idol of a Hindu goddess (or so the story goes) and the 
diamond was closely held by various Indian dynasties until it came into the possession of the founder 
of the Mughal Empire, Babur. 

Next, it was Shah Jahan, the emperor who built the magnificent Taj Mahal, who possessed the 
diamond and had it incorporated into his Peacock Throne. But then his son had him imprisoned 
after a coup.

The saga continues with Sher Shah Suri, who is said to have died in a canon explosion shortly after 
becoming the owner of the
Koh-I-Noor Diamond.

Then some years later, his son was murdered by his own brother-in-law, and it is rumored that the 
son was clutching the Koh-I-Noor Diamond when he was killed.

The notorious diamond was owned various local rulers, many of whom met bloody ends. Then, in 
1849, when a treaty was signed as part of the British annexation of the Punjab, it included the 
transfer of the diamond to Queen Victoria.

So the Koh-I-Noor Diamond was then placed in an iron safe for shipment from India to England, but 
the voyage wasn't one for the travel brochures: it is said there was an outbreak of cholera on board 
that actually prompted local folks in Mauritius to threaten to begin firing at the boat if it didn't leave 
their port.

There's more misery -- a storm raged against the vessel for at least 12 hours. The
 was almost lost for good.  How it survived the cholera outbreak and ocean turbulence was 
amazing -- it was found in a waistcoat pocket some 6 months later, and only survived the crossing 
to England because a servant thought it was made of glass and had placed it in his pocket.) Was 
that a bit of good luck for a change?!?

So, where is it now? Having been cut down to 109 carats -- from close to 800 carats -- by a totally 
inept Venetian gem cutter, it finally became a possession of the British royal family, via that signed 
1849 treaty. 

The diamond is currently set into the Crown of Queen Elizabeth and is displayed at the Tower 
of London along with all other British crown jewels. No more curses or horrific events have 
been reported.

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So spectacular, but mysteriously lethal -- the Hope Diamond.

Rumored to have been stolen from a Hindu idol, it's said to be a cursed gem. This infamous diamond's 
history goes way back to around 1668 or so, when a French merchant called Jean-Baptiste Tavernier 
bought this shimmering blue stone in India and then sold it to King Louis XIV of France.

This extraordinary gemstone was subsequently enjoyed by other French royalty, until it disappeared 
during the tumultuous French Revolution, when it was stolen along with other crown jewels. It is quite
notorious because it's said that at least five of its prior owners died quite unfortunate, violent deaths.

Though thought to be gone forever, in the early 1800s, a London merchant was reputed to own a 
deep blue diamond similar to the Hope Diamond, or "French Blue". The stone was purchased by 
England's King George IV, but after his death it was sold to pay off his enormous debts.

Then, get this -- it was then sold to Henry Philip Hope (that's how it got its name), then passed down 
and held by his family until they had to sell off the diamond because their -- yes -- huge debts.

Wait for it -- this incredible blue diamond was sold to a New York City jeweler, and after the firm held 
on to it for as long as they could, they were forced to sell it to pay their -- no surprise -- looming debts.

You won't believe this - Pierre Cartier bought the Hope Diamond in 1909. It was then sold to an 
American socialite and heiress, Mrs. Evalyn McLean. Intrigued by the diamond's lethal history, 
Mrs. McLean bragged that she had the power to reverse any curse. Unfortunately, she was wrong. 

History reveals that Mrs.  McLean’s first-born son was killed in a car crash. Her husband left her 
for another woman. Then the family's newspaper -- The Washington Post -- went bankrupt. Then 
her daughter died of an overdose.  A year later, after Mrs. McLean died, her jewelry was sold to pay 
-- you guessed it --  the estate's debts.

There's a happy ending - after Harry Winston bought Mrs. McLeans jewelry in 1958, it was all 
donated to the Smithsonian Institution, including the infamous Hope Diamond. Worth about a 
quarter of a billion dollars, the Smithsonian reports that it now appears to be "curse-free."

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The Precious La Peregrina Pearl - One of the Largest Pearls in the World

The spectacular La Peregrina Pearl was found in the Gulf of Panama during the Sixteenth Century.
The tale gets quite interesting because it's said that in 1554, King Philip II of Spain gave this pearl to 
Queen Mary I of England before their marriage. History sadly recounts that Philip left her, and she
subsequently passed away with no heir, in 1558. Blame it on the pearl?

Her nickname -- “Bloody Mary” -- was earned after her death because she had ordered the execution 
of  hundreds of Protestants during her 5-year reign. After she passed away, the precious La Peregrina 
Pearl was returned to King Philip II of Spain. Philip then proposed to Elizabeth I, who was the younger 
half-sister of Bloody Mary.

La Peregrina remained in the hands of Spanish royalty until Napoleon Bonaparte's invasion in the 
19th century, when he seized the Spanish crown and also the renowned pearl. It remained in France and 
was passed down to members of the Bonaparte family, until purchased by Lord James Hamilton in 1873.

Then in 1969, La Peregrina was sold at a Sotheby’s auction to Richard Burton, who chose Valentine's 
Day to give the pearl to his wife, Elizabeth Taylor. It's public knowledge that the couple married and 
divorced twice — their second marriage having lasted only 9 months.

The La Peregrina Pearl was one of Elizabeth Taylor's most beloved gems. At 50.6 carats, it has reigned 
as one of the largest pearls found on the planet. Elizabeth Taylor held on to this precious pearl. She was 
married a total of eight times. Can we blame this on bad pearl karma?

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The Black Orlov Diamond (Eye of Brahma)

Suspected of having been removed from a Hindu idol in India, the cursed Black Orlov diamond -- which 
is really less true black, but actually more of a gun metal color -- has had a somewhat nasty history. 
Which includes at least 3 suicides.

Currently weighing in at over 67 carats, this diamond goes back to the 19th century when a monk 
allegedly stole the gemstone from a Hundu idol. Since then it has been shrouded in mystery and some 
unknown circumstances of several deaths.

For instance, JW Paris, the diamond dealer who brought the stone to America, jumped from one of 
New York's tallest buildings in 1932, shortly after he sold the Black Orlov. He leaped from the top of 
a Manhattan skyscraper, and was thought to be the first victim of the diamond's curse.

In November, 1947, the Russian Princess Leonila Viktorovna-Bariatinsky jumped to her death, in what 
was believed a suicide. Her fatal jump was also thought to be a Black Orlov curse, because prior to her 
suicidal jump, she had owned the Diamond.

Barely one month later, another member of Russian royalty did the same. Princess Nadia Vygin-Orlov 
(the source of this black diamond's name) had been living in Rome and jumped to her death in what was 
also believed to be a suicide.

Then in the 1950s, the diamond's owner, Charles F. Wilson, wanted to break the diamond's curse, so it 
was re-cut -- which took 2 years. Having originally been an uncut 195 carat diamond, the extraordinary 
67.50 carat Black Orlov is now set in a 108-diamond brooch, which hangs from an exquisite 124-diamond 
necklace. It's been owned by several diamond dealers, none of whom have suffered any ill effects of 
the curse. The famous diamond's demons seem to have been scared off. Like the Hope Diamond, this 
one seems to be currently be "curse-free."


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URGENT JEWELRY WARNING -- Some "fashion (costume) jewelry can contain 
as much as 90% of toxic cadmium" (confirmed cancer cause)". Know your source, 
be safe...

October 11, 2018, 7:25 AM - You do need this information if you or anyone you know buys or recently 
bought fashion jewelry at national retailers including Ross, Nordstrom Rack and Papaya. An Associated 
Press Exclusive Report, covered by national and local news media -- here's an example: 

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But wait, not long ago, a CBS News investigative piece reported "Costume jewelry found to have high 
levels of toxins and carcinogens, tests show." And, "Although low-cost jewelry might be saving you a 
buck, it might come at the cost of your - or your children's - health." 

Almost 100 pieces of jewelry were tested from stores such as Target, Walmart, Kohl's, Forever 21, 
Ming 99 City, Burlington Coat Factory, Big Lots, Claire's, Glitter, H&M, Meijers, Justice, Icing and 
Hot Topic retail stores. Over half of the jewelry tested had "high levels of toxic chemicals." Michelle 
Castillo, CBS News (3/15/2012) -- https://www.cbsnews.com/news/costume-jewelry-found-to-have-high-

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The scientific evidence strongly implicates cadmium as a major human toxicant. If you're a parent, young 
adult, someone who cares about their health and wellbeing, this very thorough coverage of the cadmium 
threat from the National Institutes of Health is worth looking at: 

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Two years ago, Chemistry World cited the facts - Cadmium and lead in costume jewelry prompt 

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Way back in 2010, alarm bells were ringing in the US and Canada, about a toxic carcinogen - cadmium 
- being added to jewelry. Here's what happened - when toxic lead was banned in Chinese jewelry, 
cadmium - which is even more toxic -- was substituted and toxic cadmium used in both children's and 
adults' imported jewelry. Facts here: 

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A few years ago, many media outlets carried the story of "Baby's Lead Poisoning Caused by 
'Homeopathic Magnetic' Bracelet". A heartbreaking story about a bracelet bought from an artisan 
at a local fair. The bracelet has "extremely high levels of lead." It was a teething bracelet for 
a 9-month old. Exposure to lead - a toxic heavy metal - can affect every part of the body. According 
to the US Consumer Product Safety Commision, there are no lead limits that apply to products 
not intended for children. That applies to costume and fashion jewelry. Parents and guardians need 
to be vigilant.Toxic Metal Cadmium Found in Chain-Store Jewelry -- cadmium has been used in 
imported fashion costume jewelry for a number of years. This most recent (10/11/18) AP news 
about tainted, toxic costume jewelry was detected in popular chain stores and reported by the 
Center for Environmental Health. 

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