Mounted in Upper Maltese Cross
Queen Mother's Crown
Photo Credit: Royal Exhibitions
, nestled in the
Maltese cross atop the elegant and beautiful crown belonging to Elizabeth I,
the Queen Mother, the Koh-i-Nur diamond rests comfortably and beautifully. Tower
After a long and tumultuous history, the large but somewhat unattractive diamond deserves this quiet repose. The Koh-i-Nur boasts the longest documented history of all the famous diamonds, and its history is filled with brutal battles, intense bloodshed, and monumental struggles for power, likely resulting in the superstitious curse it carries. It is said that any man who wore the diamond would lose his kingdom, and it is said that it will bring bad luck to any man who wears it now. However this same diamond is purported to hold a blessing of fortune for the woman who wears it.
Since being handed over to the
Empire by the East India Company in 1846, the legendary diamond
has served as a crowning jewel for only the women of the wise empire of Great
Britian. Queens Victoria, Mary, and Elizabeth I have all worn it in their
coronation crowns during its 166-year respite in the United Kingdom. Likely for fear of
the curse, no man has ever worn the jewel in the land.
I leave it to you to decide if it has truly brought good fortune to the Empire. Although the crown has been secure in the hands of the monarchy throughout these past generations, it is not nearly fair to say that the Koh-i-Nur brought any other kind of good fortune to a Queen whose life before and after the diamond was pocked with loss and grief. Perhaps certain talismans lose their power when pitted against other powers of evil.
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