Kate Middleton‘s engagement ring just so happens to be a hand-me-down from the late Princess Diana. Although this family treasure is very dear to Prince William’s heart, the superstitious among us would agree that Kate should never have accepted it. Why? Well, because it’s widely believed that jewelry can be cursed. Take the Hope Diamond, for example, which many believe has been cursed since it was stolen in 1642. Since then, tragedy, injury, or even death has befallen all those who have come in contact with it, including Marie Antoinette. Even if you don’t believe that jewelry can be cursed, I always heard the old wives’ tale that engagement rings are supposed to carry the energy of the marriage from whence it came. Meaning it’s bad luck to inherit a ring from an unhappy marriage. So essentially Kate is wearing the ring of a troubled princess who had a very bad marriage, not to mention a tragic end. If I were Kate, I might have hoped for something with a little bit less bad ju-ju. [Hottnez]
After the jump, some more jewelry superstitions.
- Diamonds Not Pearls On Your Wedding Day. In medieval times, people believed that pearls were unlucky because they represent tears. Diamonds, however, were considered great luck because they were thought to have the power to drive away witches and also prevent the wearer from ever going insane. Hence, why wearing pearls instead of diamonds on your wedding day would be thought to predict an unhappy marriage. [Associated Content]
- Silver Earrings Keep Bad Spirits Out. Wearing a pair of silver earrings was once thought to keep the devil away. Silver earrings were used to prevent evil spirits entering the body through your orifices. So think about all the devils you are keeping out of your body the next time you rock a simple pair of hoops. [Article Base]
- Don’t Remove That Ring If It’s There. Don’t Put One There If It’s Not. It is considered bad luck if a woman removes her engagement ring before the wedding for fear that the wedding may not actually happen. Also, you are not supposed to let another woman try your ring on if you don’t want her to steal your man. Conversely, it is considered bad luck for a single woman to wear a ring on her engagement finger as it might curse her to be single forever. [Bride In The City]
- Stick To Your Own Stone. Some people think that it’s bad luck to wear a birthstone that isn’t yours. Uh, aren’t diamonds the official birthstone of the month of April? Does that mean every bride who doesn’t have an April birthday is cursed? [Jewelry Secrets]