Sidedoor: The Curse of the Hope Diamond

The third season of our acclaimed podcast opens with the tale of a coveted blue gem and a curse that crossed continents and centuries.

Graphic for Season 3, Episode1

The Hope Diamond is one of the most iconic items in the Smithsonian’s collections, but this glittering gem is said to have a dark side. French monarchs, an heiress, and at least one unlucky postman have met misfortune after possessing it—but is it really cursed? This time on Sidedoor, we track the lore of this notorious gem through the centuries, from southern India, through the French Revolution, and across the Atlantic Ocean to its current home at the National Museum of Natural History. But we’ll keep our distance—just to be on the safe side.

Posted: 8 August 2018
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