Hope Diamond ($250 million). Among the most romanticized jewels in the world, the Hope Diamond is housed at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and considered the second-most visited piece of art in the world (behind the "Mona Lisa"). Discovered in India in 1812, the 45.52-carat blue-gray stone has had many owners over the years. The diamond is also said to be cursed—including the alleged suicides of several of its owners. Selected by http://sleepbamboo.com/
Perhaps one of the most well-known diamonds in the world, The Hope Diamond has a long, and supposedly cursed history. It was first owned by King Louis XIV of France in 1668, before it was stolen and later appeared in the English royal court. The 45.52-carat blue diamond now resides in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. - Veranda.com
The Hope Diamond is one of the world's most famous gems - renowned for its nearly flawless clarity, rare deep blue color, and eventful history. It is surrounded by 16 white diamonds and suspended from a platinum chain bearing 46 more diamonds. This photograph was taken while the Hope was out of its current mounting.
The Hope Diamond! Museum of Natural History, Washington D.C. The weight of the Hope diamond for many years was reported to be 44.5 carats. In 1974 it was removed from its setting and found actually to weigh 45.52 carats. Saw this at the Smithsonian....amazing!
Harry Winston’s three star diamonds: From top to bottom, the Hope Diamond at 45.52 carats, the Star of the East at 94.80 carats and the McLean diamond, here shown set into a ring. Boasting names that evoke passion, myth and desire, not only have each of these jewels become part of Harry Winston’s famed jewelry collection, they have also all at one time been owned by US mining heiress Evalyn McLean.
The Hope Diamond Chain: Museum of Natural History, Washington D.C. In the pendant surrounding the Hope diamond are 16 white diamonds, both pear-shapes and cushion cuts. A bail is soldered to the pendant where Mrs. McLean would often attach other diamonds including the McLean diamond and the Star of the East. The necklace chain contains 45 white diamonds. Info from Wikipedia.
Evalyn Walsh McLean, Wearing 'The Hope Diamond' - Evalyn was a spoiled heiress who lived a charmed life, She happily wore the diamond and there are stories that she would even affix the jewel to her dog's collar and let him wander around the apartment with it