Curse of the Black Orlov? - Apples of Gold Jewelry


Toll Free | Order Status | Apples of Gold Jewelry Shopping Bag

ABOUT US About Apples of Gold Jewelry CONTACT US Contact Apples of Gold Jewelry JEWELRY BLOG Jewelry Blog TRENDS, TIPS, & GOLD MARKET 45 DAY RETURN POLICY Free Shipping!FREE FEDEX SHIPPING
Gold BraceletsGold ChainsGold Crosses and Christian JewelryDiamond Jewelry & Diamond RingsWedding RingsGemstone JewelryGold PendantsGold EarringsPersonalized JewelryGold Rings


Gold Chains Our Credentials
Gold Prices Our Ethics
Gold Chains Our Jewelry
Gold Prices Value-Based Pricing
Gold Prices Privacy and Security


Gold Prices Contact Us
Gold Prices Return Policy
Gold Prices Shipping Info
Gold Prices Customer Reviews
Gold Chains Payment Info
Gold Prices Layaway Program


Gold Chains Jewelry Tips
Gold Prices Jewelry Trends
Gold Chains Gold Market
Gold Prices Jewelry Spotlight
Gold Prices Jewelry History

Trade in your old gold jewelry!

1 Carat Three Stone Black and White Diamond Ring, 18K White Gold

Black Diamond Rings

Curse of the Black Orlov?

No mysterious diamond worth its salt would be complete without a curse attached to it.

Such is the case with The Black Orlov – sometimes called The Eye of Brahma. Whether it is true or not is almost beside the point. The mere fact that the story exists is enough to spur interest. Roughly, the tale goes as follows. The diamond in question was once one of the eyes of the Hindu Idol of Brahma in Pondicherry, India. Somewhere along the line, a rebellious monk stole the 195-carat stone. From that point on, the stone was cursed. Little is known for certain until 1932. In that year, a European diamond dealer, J.W. Paris, imported the jewel to the United States. Shortly after its arrival, he jumped to his death from one of the tallest buildings in Manhattan. The jewel had also been in the possession, successively, of two white Russian princesses: Leonila Galitsine-Bariatinsky and Nadia Vyegin-Orlov – from the latter taking its name. In 1947, within weeks of each other, these two also jumped to their deaths in New York.

In the 1950s, the New York gem dealer, Charles F. Winson, acquired the stone. In an effort to break the black diamond’s curse, the stone was re-cut to a 67.5-carat cushion, set in a 108-diamond brooch and suspended from a 124-diamond necklace. After several sales and re-sales, at varying prices and without incident, The Black Orlov was sold to Pennsylvania diamond dealer, Dennis Petimezas in 1995 for 1.5 million dollars. He has since put a two million dollar price tag on the piece. The Black Orlov has most recently graced the necks of Nicole Sheridan and Felicity Huffman at the last two Academy Award ceremonies. Since these two actresses are alive and well and appearing in the phenomenally successful television series, “Desperate Housewives”, it looks like the curse of the Black Orlov has been finally put to rest. So, should you care to pony up the asking price, you can feel safe in your purchase.



Related Articles:

Black Diamond History

Black Diamond Ring Myths

Black Diamond Jewelry

Black Diamond Testing

Black Diamond Treatments

Jewelry Reviews

Jewelry Best Sellers

New Jewelry

Colored Diamond Jewelry

Apples of Gold Jewelry is a BBB Member

BBB Members with "AA" Rating.
Click to Verify

Over 2,500 Jewelry Items Online!

45 Day Return Policy | Shipping Info | Payment Info | International Welcome | Privacy Policy | Affiliate Program | Contact Us

Guaranteed Authentic Quality Gold Jewelry and Wedding Rings.