The Koh-i-Noor. Even its very name invokes a sense of eeriness and mystery. Translating to Mountain of Light in Persian, the Koh-i-Noor is the 186 carat gem that makes up part of the famous Crown Jewels of England.
The gem’s intrigue, however, comes not merely from its beauty, but rather from the story behind it.
Call it the Curse of the Koh-i-Noor — an ominous aura that hangs over the gem, in which “only God or a woman can wear it with impunity.” After a number of men had unfortunate events while in possession of the gem, it was dubbed lethal to male owners.
In 1911, the stone was set into the Imperial State Crown, and ever since has only been worn by women — including the Queen Mother, who wore it to the coronations of both George VI and her daughter, Queen Elizabeth. Now that’s girl power.