Mysterious, infamous, magnificent, cursed, exciting,
the most famous diamond ever.
As legend goes it was plucked from the eye of an idol
in India in the 17th Century by a thief that was later murdered for it.
Held by Tavernier until sold to the King of France, Louis the XV for an enormous amount of gold. Passed to King Louis XVI and Marie Antoniette, we all know that outcome. To King George IV, who lost it to pay off tremendous debt. To Henry Phillip Hope, it's namesake
who had no heirs. Passed to his eldest nephew
Henry Thomas Hope who sold it pay off gambling debts.
Then to Evalyn Walsh McClean by way of Cartier who had
now fashioned it into the incredible necklace it is today.
She never took it off and the curse continued, with the death of her eldest son, in a car accident, her daughter committed suicide at 25, and her dear husband declared insane. Sold in 1949 to Harry Winston, again to pay off debt, it was donated to the Smithsonian Institute where it is now displayed. I personally photographed it and it appeared as a flash of light, from every angle I shot. I do believe it has magical power.
LOUS ZELDIS in 2011
at the Tucson Gem Maul as he called it.
The Story of Lou
Inspired to start crafting jewelry by the sense of energy he felt from wearing different charms, Lou believed in the magic carried through objects, from the natural state, to the construction and into the owner's world. He used found materials from shores and mountains, such as river rock, antique cut diamonds, shells and manta ray thorns. He created pieces that become your personal totem.
Lou aimed for a harmony and strength of form in his art as well as in his process. He crafted one of a kind pieces from his secluded mountain top home.
Although no longer with us on this plane, his work is both timeless and spiritual. He lives on through it's
The collection starts at 144.00
Mostly signed sterling silver 925 earrings at this price. Call or email me for details. Gift priced at well off list. Gift wrap included.
The 22K yellow gold pieces are more rare, therefore much more expensive.