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Sapphire is a gemstone variety of the mineral corundum, an aluminum oxide (α-Al2O3). Trace amounts of other elements such as iron, titanium, or chromium can give corundum blue, yellow, pink, purple, orange, or greenish color.
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Unlike other sapphires, the Purple ones, that are rarer than other varieties, do not grab much attention because of misconception about them and are poorly appreciated. They amazingly change color naturally under different lighting conditions without any heat treatment and this may not be true of blue and pink sapphires.
The Delhi Purple Sapphire stored in London Museum of Natural History, was brought to light by one Peter Tandy, a young curator. This gem stone is shrouded in mystery, normally unusual among gems. We have heard a lot of mysterious stories about famous diamonds that carry curses. An accidental discovery of a type-written note kept along with the purple sapphire by the curator revealed that he had opened the Pandora's box and all was not well this rare gem and possession of it would mean trouble. Set in a silver ring and carrying an astrological sign, this unattractive gem, takes us on a journey down the mystic memory lane laced with curses, malediction and stories on the dark side of its influence on the victims.
Delhi Purple Sapphire was thought to be of Indian origin and like many famous diamonds it was stolen from the Hindu temples. The stone was looted from the temple of 'Indra', in Cawnpore (Kanpur), Uttar Pradesh during the worst rebellion against the British in the year 1857. During the Sepoy mutiny it was a free for all situation and particularly certain British officers and soldiers tried to lay their hands on whatever valuable stuff that they could see in the temples. Incidentally the temple, where the theft had occurred, happened to be one devoted to the Hindu god of war and weather and a curse had been cast on the gem, supposedly God's property.
Colonel W. Ferris, a Bengal Cavalryman was the one who brought the Sapphire (amethyst) to England. Upon his return to England his family, which had been free from any trouble, all of a sudden experienced a turbulent period during which time their financial positions nosedived triggered by a series of failed investments made by Mr. Ferris and his son, pushing the family fortune on the brink of collapse. Further aggravation of misfortune was caused by a friend of the Ferris family who unexpectedly committed suicide while in possession of the sapphire which left the family in near financial ruin.
Whether this misfortune had happened to the family because of their 'Karma' (fate writ by God) or possession of the cursed sapphire, no body can explain. The moot question that one may be compelled to ask is: Why did the family face the grave situation the moment they came to possess the valuable gem? We have to resign to the logical conclusion, as fatalists would do, that the fate of Colonel W. Ferris had it that way
John Whittaker, a member of the Natural History Museum who was assigned the task of transporting the purple sapphire in his care to the Heron-Allen Society for an event. It is believed that during the transit John Whittaker and his wife were suddenly caught unawares in a thunderstorm. It was a horrible experience for the couple locked-up in a car. Subsequently, again he made a few attempts to transport the stone to the society. Each time he had either some physical problem or met with accident, etc out of which he had to wiggle out with great efforts.
Numerous mysteries associated with diamonds and gemstones remain unanswered. The crux of the matter is the mysteries did occur in the past regardless of owners, places and countries. It is an enigma that needs detailed research.