Gems - stories, facts, collections
The media described the Black Orlov diamond as the most cursed among all the precious stones in the world. This precious stone got descriptions like the «stone of evil and death». At first Black Orlov diamond turned into a «bloody rock» exhibition at the Museum of Natural History, in the UK, 21 September 2005. Next gemstone present in London, where the media had also worked hard to confirm the infamous diamond. Moreover, while it was on display iLondon police had received reliable information about the planned crime, and closed the show before the scheduled time. Then the Black Orlov diamond was in the hall with exhibits such as the «Millennium Star» diamond «Incomparable» and other famous diamonds in the world. The exhibition was closed on November, five months after opening.
Diamond Black Orlov came to California, where it was to decorate the movie star Felicity Huffman from the movie «Transamerica» on the Oscars ceremony. Felicity Huffman was nominated for Best Actress in the film. The owner of Black Orlov diamond wished to show it to a whole world, through television broadcasts, that there is no curse. Felicity Huffman wore a necklace with this diamond. But then, for some reason, she suddenly took it off quickly, perhaps fearing the theory curses.
Dennis Petimezas owned the Black Orlov diamond for 30 months, he had finally decided to sell it. He planned to buy a completely different diamond. At a Christie's auction in New York the diamond was sold for 360,000 U.S. dollars, and he sailed away to another continent to an unknown owner in South Africa. No other details are known about current status of the gemstone.
Black Orlov is a black color huge 67.5K diamond. Black Orlov is the seventh largest black diamond among all the other diamonds that are known to people. More to say -it's the largest diamond of cushion cut.
Black Orlov diamond is now set in a modern diamond-and-platinum necklace from Cartier. Black Orlov diamond has become a central part of the decoration, it is surrounded by eight hundred smaller white diamonds. Pendant was suspended on a platinum necklace, decorated with more than one hundred twenty-four small bright white diamonds. So, all the minor gemstones in this masterpiece are used to accentuate the beauty of black gem.
The king of black diamonds Fawaz Gruosi in 1996, was inspired by the Black Orlov diamond to conduct a series of experiments with a collection of precious stones. Thus, he introduced the black diamonds as a new mainstream fashion for women.
History of Black Orlov diamond is a very interesting and great process. Uncut diamond weighed 195 carats, and today it is believed that this gem is from India. If it was in India, it might be an eye decoration of some idol, which led to the curse of this precious stone. Some believe that the curse of Black Orlov diamond was just a fake in order to raise the popularity of black diamond and its price.
The early history of Black Orlov diamond is as dark as the gem itself. According to legend, the diamond known as the Black Orlov is also the "Eye of Brahma“, it was used in Hinduistic temple Pondicherry in South India. The act of sacrilege to extract the eyes of Brahma from his statue had caused fury of Hindu priests, and they cursed diamond and all future owners of this gem - they all had to die a violent death.
Although it is believed that the Black Orlov diamond came from India, in fact it looks almost impossible. It's just because black diamonds are not found deep underground in mines, but are very close to the surface. It means if only these diamond are available for excavation – this would be inevitably done. However the only significant sources of black diamonds in the world are Brazil and the Central African Republic. In all the history of precious stones you will find no data about black diamond discoveries in India. It is quite possible that all the legends about the initial history and curse of this gemstone are just a fantasy of some narrator. Others believe that the Black Orlov diamond is some place in the Central African Republic. But let's stand on the official «fabulous» version.
There are no details about exact dates and years in the Russian part of Black Orlov history, however the gem quickly came to Russia after it was initially cut of the temple statue, where it was purchased by a princess Nadezhda Orlova from Grand Duke lines of Russian Imperial Family. She fled from Russia to France after the October Revolution of 1917.
Finally, the Black Orlov diamond comes into the territory of the United States of America, it happened in 1932 year. It was delivered to the U.S. by a dealer from Paris, but he did not provide any details who bought this gem in France.
Soon after he had sold the gem in America this dealer jumped down from a skyscraper, and it was credited to the curse of Black Orlov diamond. It is rather strange that the curse began to “work” only after its arrival to the United States. The most obvious idea was to think that the curse was previously "frozen". However, there is no record of any kind of dealers jumping out of skyscrapers in New York City in 1932.
Would you hold in your hands the gem that promises a pure death? Would you buy such an expensive and deadly toy? But people still try to master this stone. A trail of blood continued to grow. New effect of the curse took place 15 years later. Two Russian princesses holding the stone for a while, committed suicide with a gap of only a few months, in 1947. It was Princess Nadia Orlov and Leonila Baryatinskaya. Again, there are no suicide records with such princesses. In fact, Princess Leonila Baryatinskaya lived up to a great age of 102 years, and she died in Switzerland in 1918. Whether this old woman could be resurrected to jump out of a building in Rome (according to legend), it remains a mystery. As for the death of Orlova, there are also documented flaws. The fact is that she lived to be 90 years old and she died of natural causes in France in 1988.
In an attempt to break the curse Austrian jeweler cuts the Black Orlov diamond into three parts. The largest part weighs 67.50 carats and saved the status of Black Orlov. All preparation for the procedure lasted for two years, which is quite understandable, since the black diamonds are very hard, even without cleavage. It is not known who was that master and when it was done exactly. More to say – nothing is known about the other two parts of the gem. However the fast decrease in weight from 195 to 67.50 carats is a very common phenomenon among black diamonds as this stone is loose in nature.
Ironically, after the death of princess the curse looks to be stopped. The first person to check the renewed authenticity of this gemstone was Charles Vinson. He estimated the black diamond in 150,000 U.S. dollars in New York, and became the diamond owner. At the time, Black Orlov diamond was set in a brooch, decorated with white diamonds from Cartier. While the Black Orlov diamond belonged to Charles Vinson, it was exhibited twice to public. Once at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, in 1951, and the second time in Dallas, in 1964. In 1967, the gem was taken to South Africa and put in to the Diamond Pavilion in Johannesburg.
Further sale of Black Orlov diamond
In 1969 Black Orlov was sold by Carl Vinson for 300,000 U.S. dollars. Later it was again made for purchase via Sotheby's auction in 1990 where it was traded just for 99,000 U.S. dollars. But the highest price was obtained for the Black Orlov diamond in the 1995; gemstone was bought by a private owner, whose name is still hidden, for 1.5 million dollars. In 2004 the jeweler Dennis Petimezas bought the diamond from a private collection, after long negotiations. The purchase price of a diamond is hidden.
Black Orlov diamond belonged to Dennis Petimezas for 30 months, and no curse remained in the memory owner. On the contrary, Dennis Petimezas argues that the diamond had brought him good luck. He married his longtime sweetheart and settled in the house of their dreams. His career is also rapidly came up.