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Look up close at the beautiful Hope Diamond. It is easy to tell why people from all over the world come to see it in the Smithsonian.

Another famous stone owned by Evalyn Walsh McLean was called the Star of the East. It is almost 100 carats. Like many other large diamonds, it was found in India. The leader of the Ottoman Empire was the first known owner of the diamond. Today, no one knows where the Star of the East is.

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Making Connections


Would you wear a piece of cursed jewelry? If so, which one? If not, what is stopping you?


Have you read any other books about cursed objects? What did they have in common with the jewelery in this book?


Why do you think people are so interested in jewelry? What has owning expensive jewelry meant throughout history?

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