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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/

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The Hope Diamond - photo by Chip Clark // putting this in 'Clothing and Accessories' I thought might be a bit pretentious.

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

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The Hope Diamond. The blue diamond now resides in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.

The Hope diamond returned to its Cartier setting. Housed at the Smithsonian.

The Hope is a diamond that’s believed to be cursed, despite its positive moniker I saw this at the Smithsonian .

The new temporary setting, “Embracing Hope,” was designed by Harry Winston Inc. and unveiled and placed on public display Nov. 18, 2010. The event marks the 50th anniversary of the Hope Diamond’s donation to the museum in 1958 and the 100th anniversary of the museum.

The new temporary setting, “Embracing Hope,” was designed by Harry Winston Inc. and unveiled and placed on public display Nov. The event marks the anniversary of the Hope Diamond’s donation to the museum in 1958 and the anniversary of the museum.

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.

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Diamonds stones Hope Diamond Star of the East Taylor Burton Diamond Winston Legacy Diamond diamant Wittelsbach

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.

The Hope Diamond “Le bleu de France” or “Le Bijou du Roi” It is said that this diamond is cursed!

Hope Diamond, Vivid Blue Diamond  7.03ct fancy vivid Blue, internally Flawless 9.5million dollars

The Hope Diamond is the most famous diamond in the world. It is an extraordinary deep blue color and weighs carats. The Hope Diamond is part of the gemological collection and is on display at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC.

The Hope Diamond - formerly one of the crown jewels of France, having at one time adorned King Louis XIVs Order of the Golden Fleece as well as being used in other pieces from time to time.  It was looted during the revolution and re-cut.

The Hope Diamond - formerly one of the crown jewels of France, having at one time adorned King Louis XIVs Order of the Golden Fleece as well as being used in other pieces from time to time. It was looted during the revolution and re-cut.

In 1791, after an attempt by Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette to flee France, the jewels of the French Royal Treasury were turned over to the government. During a week-long looting of the crown jewels in September of 1792, the French Blue diamond was stolen.

The Hope Diamond! Museum of Natural History, Washington D. The weight of the Hope diamond for many years was reported to be carats. In 1974 it was removed from its setting and found actually to weigh carats. It is classified as a type IIb diamond,

The Hope Diamond, once owned by Marie Antoinette. Shouldn't the Hope Diamond be mine? I am Hope, after all. Just saying.

The Hope Diamond, once owned by Marie Antoinette. Shouldn't the Hope Diamond be mine?

The Hope Pearl is one of the most famous salt water pearls. It is so named because it was owned my Henry Philip Hope, who is also recognized for owning the Hope Diamond. This pearl is gold and white and weighs 1,800 grains. It is currently residing in the British Museum of Natural History.

The Hope Pearl is one of the most famous salt water pearls. It is named after its owner Henry Philip Hope, who is also recognized for owning the Hope Diamond. This pearl is gold and white and weighs grains. British Museum of Natural History.

The Hope Diamond in its new setting

The Hope Diamond's new, but temporary, setting is called "Embracing Hope", & was designed by Harry Winston Inc. to commemorate the anniversary of the company's donation of the gem to the Smithsonian Institution. The setting took 8 months to create

The Hope Diamond once worn by Marie - Antoinette of France

The Hope Diamond once worn by Marie - Antoinette of France and Elizabeth Taylor