Dec 28th, 2012
Eye of Brahma Diamond also known as The Black Orlov weighs 67.50 carat.The diamond, originally 195 carat is said to have been discovered in the early 19th century in India. It supposedly featured as one of the eyes in a statue of the Hindu god Brahma in Pondicherry, until it was stolen by a monk. According to legend, this theft caused the diamond to be cursed.
In 1932, diamond dealer J. W. Paris is said to have taken the diamond to the United States and soon after committed suicide by jumping from a skyscraper in New York City. Later owners included two Russian princesses called Leonila Galitsine-Bariatinsky and Nadia Vygin-Orlov (after whom the diamond is named). Both women allegedly jumped to their deaths in the 1940’s.
The diamond was later bought by Charles F. Winson and cut into three pieces in an attempt to break the curse; the 67.5 carat Black Orlov was set into a brooch of 108 diamonds, suspended from a necklace of 124 diamonds.
The diamond was purchased by diamond dealer Dennis Petimezas in 2004; Petimezas said he was “pretty confident that the curse is broken”.