|Carrying curse?The Idol's Eye Diamond of Golconda origin, India famousdiamonds.tripod.com|
This beautiful diamond from no where came up at Christie's sale in London on July 14th, 1865, and then it was described as "a splendid large diamond known as the Idol's Eye set round with 18 smaller brilliants and a frame work of small brilliants. The 34th Ottoman Sultan Abdul Hamid II (1842-1918) became the first authentic owner after Christie's sale. Further, a reexamination of the cut of the diamond - a fine combination of old Golconda cut and triangular brilliant cut, its slight bluish tinge and the records of prevalence of some old Hindu Gods' idols with odd-eye configuration in the temples of southern India, it was concluded that this diamond was of Golconda origin and was most probably taken off the eye of a Hindu God.
The owner of this 70.21 carats “blue white Golconda diamond”, Abdul Hamid II headed the autocratic Ottoman Empire. Being a ruthless ruler, during a violent coup he was thrown out of power and forced to live in exile. The Sultan died in 1918 having lost his kingdom and at last his life savings - valuable jewelry along with this diamond to his servant who became his traitor.
|A good hearted philanthropist Mrs.May Bonfils Stanton once owned idol's eye diamond. www.cogreatwomen.org|
|Banished autocratic Ottoman Ruler Sultan Abdul Hamid II. once owned idol's eye diamond. www.langantiques.com|
Graff, along with a couple of other diamonds sold it to an unidentified man for a breath-taking, record breaking sum in early 1980s. The secret buyer, it is believed, was none other than controversial President Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines who was removed from his office in 1986. He and his arrogant and highly fashion-conscious wife embezzled public money that ran into several billion dollars.
A note on the Idol Eye's curse: In this particular case, apparently the idol eye's curse, if it were on it, forced President Ferdinand Marcos and his wife - the most corrupt couple in the world ever surfaced- to lose every thing they had earned illegally. The idol's curse pushed them from sublime to disgrace. This was also true of Sultan Hamid II of Ottoman Empire who ruled his land with an iron hand and earned the ire of his poor subjects. He too ultimately died unsung in exile. A big push from the summit to the abyss.
Perhaps one may be tempted to ask," How come, other owners of Idol's Eye diamond were sparred from the curse? Set aside the rationality factor. The simple answer has two probabilities -
most of the owners did not keep the diamond for a long time, and perhaps, would not have worn it for longer duration.
The other logical conclusion is the owners, most probably would have earned their fortune in an honorable way. May be they might have committed some wheeling and dealings that may be of minor in nature and can be excused.
As for Mrs Bonfils, who used to wear the Idol's Eye diamond as a pendent in her necklace every day during her breakfast time, though rich and recluse, she was a good hearted woman with no ulterior motives and ill-feelings. In the twilight of her eventful, luxurious life she, long before her death, for some time had decided to sell all her jewelry collections for the purpose of charity.
If a person has a big heart and cares for other human beings, irrespective of caste, color, creed and faith , he is blessed by the almighty, be it Lord Krishna or Christ or Holy Spirit and no curse will haunt and hurt him. Mrs. Stanton, daughter of Frederick G. Bonfils (of Denver Post) who died in 1962, is a good example.
The conclusion regarding idol's curse drawn above is based on logic and the age old Hindu ''Dharma.''