Haunted Gems: The Delhi Purple Sapphire

Have you heard of the tale of the haunted Delhi  ? Or perhaps the famous (or infamous) Hope Diamond? If not, you’re in for a treat rather than a trick: for the rest of the week, we’re going to be focusing on haunted gems! Sit back and keep the lights on, because these gems slip past the bizarre and delve straight to the genuinely disturbing.

The Hindu god, Indra

The Hindu god, Indra

Our story begins back in the year 1857, during the period known as the Indian Mutiny. The gem rested as an offering and prize within the temple of Indra, the Hindu god of War and Weather. As it so happened, during the warring of the Indian Mutiny English Colonel W. Ferris looted the gem from the temple. The subsequent years following the theft and the Mutiny, Ferris’ health took a turn for the worse, his finances dwindling alongside it. This same fate befell his son who inherited the sapphire after his father passed away, further sinking the family down into squalor.  But the story isn’t near finished yet! In fact, a friend of the family, who temporarily held onto the stone, spontaneously committed suicide while in possession of the stone.

And yet, there’s more. In 1890, the stone came into the possession of Edward Heron-Allen, an intelligent, respected socialite. Heron-Allen had heard of the stories and rumors that surrounded the purple sapphire and believed them to be merely stories, but quickly changed his tune almost as soon as he came to own the stone. Bad luck ran rampant throughout his life, as well as those of his family and friends. It was, according to him, “stained with the blood, and the dishonor of everyone who has ever owned it.” He even tried to rid himself of the gem by throwing it into a canal, only to have it returned to him a short time later by a friend who was a dealer, he having bought it from someone dredging the canal.

The Purple Sapphire of Dehli
The Purple Sapphire of Dehli

When his daughter was born, he knew he had to rid himself of the stone, lest its curse befall her as well. Locking the sapphire in seven boxes surrounded by good luck charms, Heron-Allen stashed it away in the vault of London’s Natural History Museum for almost 70 years. It was there, in 1974, that a curator found the stone. And, despite the hand-written note warning about the gem, he decided to put the sapphire on display. It wasn’t until 2000 that the stone’s curse struck again: one of the former heads of the museum took the stone to the first conference of the Heron-Allen society, and was caught in a sudden, wicked storm en-route. As if he hadn’t learned his lesson the first time,  he became ill with a stomach bug the second time he tried. The third time gave him a kidney stone!

To this day, the stone resides in the Natural History Museum, waiting for the next poor soul to try to claim what may very well rightfully belong to the gods.

A Ring Story: Arthur and Marina

Sometimes, love just won’t wait. This was the case with Arthur, who was visiting Chicago with his girlfriend and soon-to-be-fiancée Marina all the way from Brazil! Arthur always had feelings for her, and knew that the time would soon come to join their lives together, but didn’t initially plan proposal. However, once they began seeing the sights and enjoying their vacation, Arthur knew that now was the time – there was no more waiting!

Splitting off from her for a few hours, Arthur peeled into Wedding Bands & Company trying to find the perfect ring to match the sudden clarity and emotion he was feeling then. Chief Designer Koorosh Daneshgar worked with Arthur for only a few minutes before they were able to agree upon the stunning Bridge Ring design, one specifically crafted to symbolize how people can be brought together for a lasting relationship.

Now that the ring was crafted, Arthur had another hurdle to overcome: he was just a tourist, and didn’t know where best to propose to Marina! Thankfully, Koorosh was prepared to help in this respect, as well. With the help of Nikki Delatolas, Wedding Bands & Co’s Head of Client Services and Koorosh’s personal assistant, they recommended several iconic, romantic locations for Arthur to propose. Eventually, he settled on Navy Pier’s signature Ferris wheel, and the results speak for themselves!

A lovely compilation of proposal photos. Congratulations you two!
A lovely compilation of proposal photos. Congratulations you two!

We at Wedding Bands & Company are always thrilled when we can help love blossom, especially with such immediate results! Congratulations, Arthur and Marina – we wish you a lifetime of happiness together!

If you’re interested in seeing the bridge ring that Arthur proposed with, be sure to check out this video on the symbolism of the ring itself, as well as how it was made.

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Building a Better Relationship

Congratulations! You are headed toward a thrilling new chapter in your life—marriage. You have found your other half and are making a deep loving commitment to them.

You also have been to Wedding Bands & Co. to find the perfect symbol of your love. Whether that was an engagement ring or your wedding bands, these symbols of your bond are some of the things you will cherish forever.

Romance and Happiness are the keys to eternal love.
Romance and Happiness are the keys to eternal love.

We at Wedding Bands & Co. care that your relationship remains as eternal as the rings you chose to symbolize it. This email series, we hope, will offer you some ways to keep the romance alive and only serve to help you enjoy your relationship all the more.

 

It’s always the little things that make the most difference. This aligns closely with why customizing is so special at Wedding Bands & Co., the details on your ring is your story personified. You’re probably wondering how this relates to your relationship?

When you and your loved one interact pay attention to small things, just as you put care into the thoughts while designing your ring at Wedding Bands & Co.   What is their favorite candy? Do they have a preferred bag they carry to work? Simple ways to show love can be going out of your way to make the little details of their day much better. Hide notes in their things, send multiple texts a day when you know they will be checking, or keep a “hug” counter that you jokingly remind your loved one to pay up.

Sometimes, little surprises make the biggest impact.
Sometimes, little surprises make the biggest impact.

Keeping the romance alive does not have to big and flashy, just thoughtful and sincere. You are the expert on your loved one, and you will have them smiling all the time with these simple things.