Puzzle Piece #1
Final Project Pitch: The Curse of the Hope Diamond.
Primary Sources To Be Used: The study of the curse of the Hope Diamond is two-fold; we will first be examining the diamond itself, it’s characteristics, previous ownership and where it locates present day. Secondly, we will be looking at the legendary curse which is essentially documented versions of story telling over centuries. Sources involving the factual nature of the stone include: “Hope Diamond: The Legendary History of a Cursed Gem” by Richard, Kurin, “Hope: Adventures of a Diamond”, by Marian Fowler, the Smithsonian Channel, the “Dictionary of Gems and Gemology”. Sources relating to the idea of a curse, folklore and superstition include: “The Unexplained” by Karl Shuker and “The Great Book of Superstition” by Claudia de Lys.
Incorporating Historical Thinking: By researching a topic which famously involves a superstitious legend the historical thinking approach will involve analyzing primary factual data. In addition, I will attempt to contextualize myth and folklore by determining its validity based on primary sources.
Who is the audience? Anyone who likes a little mystery mixed with their gemstones! This could include jewelry historians, followers of the Smithsonian Natural History Museum, or people who just enjoy learning about superstitions. What makes the Hope Diamond unique is it is a physical object that is able to be visited with a very interesting past that toes the line between truth and fiction.