Controversial and Evil Gemstones That Bring Bad Luck

People have long believed in the protective power of stones, using their power both to repel evil and to attract luck.
Over time, various legends and beliefs relating to evil gemstones have also started to appear. Even today, some bad-luck gemstones are still associated with misfortune, while some are associated with death. Let's find out whether some stones really bring misfortune to their owners or whether there is nothing behind these beliefs?


Back in the 11th century in Europe, people believed that Opals could make a person invisible, so the stone was linked to criminal activity.


Opal has had a bad reputation for a long time. There are legends and beliefs that link Opal to misfortune and failure.

Back in the 11th century in Europe, people believed that Opals could make a person invisible, so the stone was linked to criminal activity.

In the 19th century, Opal was called the 'witch stone', perhaps because Opal has a luster, and the embeddings resemble flames and sparks, which were associated with witches. It is already impossible to say for sure, but it is known that Opal jewelry with the ‘Witch's Opal’ was received as a sign of service to dark forces. Also, if a stone lost its luster, it was considered to represent 'the expulsion of a demon'.

But the most decisive moment in the reputation of the Opal happened in 1829, when Walter Scott's novel Anne of Geuerstein was published, where the heroine wears an ornament with an Opal, and soon after holy water hit her, she dies. This is how the belief emerged that Opal is the stone of misfortune and even death!

There is another belief that you cannot wear Opal if a person was not born in October. There is a belief that this superstition was invented by Diamond dealers so that people would not buy Opals. But if you look back to an older story, you will actually discover that the Romans thought of Opals as the happiest stones that bring great luck.

There is also a belief that Opals cannot be given and that you can buy them only for yourself, with your own money. They say that it makes you hate the person who gave the Opal to you. Perhaps Opal immediately gets attached to the person who bought it, and that is whom it considers its owner. But the most interesting thing is that the feeling of hatred towards the giver, or rather the intensity of this feeling, depends on the price of the stone itself - the more expensive the stone is, the more hatred it can arouse.

As we can see, there are no real facts that speak of bad luck or misfortune caused by Opal. It's all an artistic move by the author of a novel and the devious dealings of gemstone traders.

Opals are amazingly beautiful stones with unique shimmering inside and no superstitions should stand in your way of acquiring such a stone.



There is something incredibly charming, romantic, and fascinating about Pearls. Perhaps that is why hundreds of fairytale myths and legends have been preserved in different parts of the world that explain the magical and even divine origin of these beautiful stones.

And yet, despite all its many virtues, Pearls, just like the Opal, are considered an unhappy stone by some. It supposedly brings the owner loss of imagination and hopes.

It was believed that to see Pearls in a dream – would bring troubles and failure, and to receive them as a gift - would bring tears, to give them as a gift – would bring suspicion.

In general, Pearls are considered to be a very insidious gem: some people believe that Pearls are a negative force of the moon. Therefore, they must be treated with care, otherwise they will begin to bring bad luck.

And perhaps the most common superstition of all is that Pearls symbolize tears. So, you should not give them as a gift, because they will bring sadness and tears. Pearls should never appear in an engagement or wedding ring, else they will "bring tears to a marriage". Brides are especially warned against wearing pearls on their wedding day so that they do not start a new life in sadness.

Perhaps all the superstitions about unhappy Pearls can be put down to the fact that a Pearl’s life is short. They have usually been living for about 150 years, and the drying process only begins at 50-70 years.

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A Rough Carbonado after jewelry processing is called a Black Diamond.

For the ancient Romans, Black Diamonds were seen as fragments of fallen stars, for the ancient Greeks – the tears of the gods, and in ancient India the stone was considered perfect, because it was formed from the five beginnings of nature (water, earth, fire, space and air).

On the other hand, there are legends of cursed Black Diamonds. The legend says that the rough stone was given to the Brahma statue in India. At one point, a monk saw that the stone was valuable and stole it. The new owner quickly died after his crime. Also, in Indian culture, a Black Diamond is compared to the color of a snake's eye and is a symbol of the god of death.

But on the other hand, Italian culture believes that Black Diamonds are an amulet for luck. It is said that touching a Black Diamond brings good luck in marriage and helps to correct family problems.

It is obvious that the legends about the cursed Black Diamond are just legends and they should not be used as a guide when choosing a Black Diamond piece of jewelry. In addition, it’s always good to remember that there are different beliefs and legends about the same types of stones across different cultures.


So, nowadays, many legends are no longer relevant. It is impossible to check them, and it is not appropriate to believe in them. Studying the history and properties of any stone will give you lots of interesting and useful information. We advise you to trust your feelings and choose a stone by its properties and attitude rather than by untested stories from the past.

Kindly note that healing gemstone meanings are not prescriptions or healthcare information.

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