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/
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 was rarely seen until Louis XVI gave it to Marie Antoinette who added it to her jewelry collection. When the French Revolution started the diamond was stolen and resurfaced in La Havre four years later.
Hand that held history - Harry Winston. The 125.35 carat emerald cut Jonker diamond is at the center. Top left is the 94.80 carat pear shaped Star of the East diamond. The 45.52 carat blue Hope diamond rests between his index and middle finger. The 337.10 carat Sapphire of Catherine the Great is next to his thumb, and the 70.21 carat Idol's Eye diamond is just above the Jonker. 46.39 and 44.14 carats Indore Pears, matched pair of pear shaped diamonds and a larger ruby are also shown.
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.