Cursed Jewellery and Magic Spells - Halloween Jewellery Spooktacular!
“I would like, if I may, to take you on a strange journey.”
– The Criminologist, The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
Join us this Halloween as we take you on a strange journey into the world of cursed jewellery and spooky spells. Do you believe in magic?
A SPELL FOR MARRIAGE:
Has someone caught your eye, but you haven't caught theirs? Or does your "significant other" need a little push to pop the question? Here's a spell to move things along.
You will need:
A silver coloured ring
A fresh white rose
A white dish
Dried herbs – yarrow, damiana and lemon verbana
This spell needs to carried out during a full moon where the moon can clearly be seen (our next full moon is November 12, 2018), but your preparations will need to be started at least 24 hours before.
The day before the full moon, place the silver ring in the bowl with the herbs so that they have at least 24 hours to absorb the herbs' magic.
On the night of the full moon, stand facing the moon (indoors or out is fine so long as you have a clear view), and hold the ring up so that you can see the whole of the moon through its centre. Now it's time to cast the spell!
Recite these words out loud...
"Bring the bond I so desire,
My love for him/her will never tire,
By the light of this full moon,
Bring a marriage very soon"
Next, hold up the white rose to cover the moon and, whilst still looking through the silver ring, recite the spell again.
Finally, slip the ring onto the rose's stem all the way up to the base of the flower and put the rose and ring together in the bowl of herbs. Recite the spell a final time and leave everything as it is until the next full moon. Your marriage proposal should come pretty soon after that!
"Every day is Halloween isn't it? For some of us..."
– Tim Burton, The Nightmare Before Christmas
Do you believe in curses? If you'd ever owned any cursed jewellery you would! The Delhi Purple Sapphire was said to curse all who ever touched it, and the misfortune it brought was so bad its last owner locked it within seven secure boxes and locked it in a bank vault, with the recommendation that it be "cast into the sea". You can read about that in our previous Halloween post below.
Most jewellery becomes cursed when it is stolen or looted, so if you acquire your jewellery brand new from a reputable jeweller you should be good, but if ever the Hope Diamond falls into your hands – BEWARE!
The Hope Diamond was looted from a statue of the Hindu goddess Sita where it served as one of the eyes, and acquired by merchant Jean-Baptiste Tavernier in the mid 17th century. Upon discovering its absence the temple priests placed a curse upon the stone and whoever should possess it. Jean Baptiste managed to sell the stone to French king Louis XIV before he was savagely ripped apart by wolves in Russia ... the first curse victim!
King Louis XIV had the diamond recut into a smaller stone – a mere 67 carats –before he died of gangrene (all but one of his legitimate children died young too) but the diamond remained part of the French Crown Jewels with the curse causing more than a few "unnatural" and rather gruesome deaths for those who wore it.
In 1793 during the French Revolution, Louis XVI and his wife Marie-Antoinette (then the current owners of the gem) were beheaded and the French monarchy dissolved. The Hope Diamond then found its way into the hands of Dutch jeweller Wilhelm Fals. Wilhelm Fals recut the diamond again, and apparently the gem wasn't too happy about that. Wilhelm's son later murdered him before committing suicide.
Other owners to suffer the Hope Diamond curse are Greek merchant Simon Maoncharides who drove his car off a cliff, killing himself, his wife and child. Heiress Evalyn Walsh McLean wore the diamond regularly – her son died at the age of nine, her husband left her for another woman before dying insane, her daughter died of a drug overdose at 25, and she herself died owing huge debts. American jeweller to the stars, Harry Winston, then bought the diamond but, being the superstitious kind, he decided to donate it to the Smithsonian Institute. He sent the diamond through the American postal service.... the mailman who delivered it had his leg crushed in a truck accident, suffered a head injury, and his house burnt down!
Where is the Hope Diamond now?
The Hope Diamond is safely stored on display in a glass case in the Smithsonian Institute. Our advice? You can look, but whatever you do, DON'T TOUCH!
"pay heed to the tales of old wives"
– JRR Tolkein
If you want to be doubly sure you're protected from the curses of witches this Halloween, wear a diamond. An old wives' tale of medieval times states that diamonds protect the wearer from spells cast against them, reflecting the evil magic back to the sender. Just be sure the diamond you choose isn't already cursed!
Do you know any old wives' tales, spells cast with jewellery, or jewellery superstitions? Or do you have any cursed jewellery of your own? We'd love to hear about it for our future articles! If you're looking for some fun clip-on earrings to get you into the Halloween spirit, check out our range of Halloween clip-ons on the quirky and fun page on this website.
Next week: "November's Birthstones: Topaz and Citrine". If you were born in November, find out what your birthstone means for you!