The Curse of the Black Orlov Diamond, said to be worth over 2 million dollars, may well be broken at the 78Th Academy Awards if worn by Actress Felicity Huffman (Desperate Housewives) and she wins an Oscar. The Black Orlov Diamond is said to be ridden with a curse and three people have reputedly died as a result of the curse.
The owner of the diamond, J. Dennis Petimezas of Johnstown, Pa, hoping that his Necklace with the diamond will be the one worn at the Oscars.
Known as the Black Orlov, or “The Eye of Brahma,” the jewel is haunted by a curse said to have begun when the original 195-carat diamond was removed from a Hindu shrine in southern India. The diamond is tied to the deaths of three former owners who apparently killed themselves.
Only one out of every 10,000 diamonds is a black one.
In 1947, Princess Nadia Vyegin-Orlov and Princess Leonila Galitsine-Bariatinsky - both former owners of the Black Orlov - leapt to their deaths in apparent suicides.
Fifteen years earlier, J.W. Paris, a diamond dealer who imported the stone to the United States, jumped to his death from one of New York’s tallest buildings shortly after concluding the sale of the jewel. In an attempt to break the curse, the diamond was recut into three separate gems and has since been owned by a succession of private owners, all of whom seem to have escaped the curse.
Petimezas dismisses the curse and said the necklace has brought him nothing but good luck since he purchased it more than a year ago.
“Since I have owned it,” he said, “I have married my longtime sweetheart, we have moved into our dream home and enjoyed continued growth in the diamond business.”