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The fascination for the

Copy of the original Hope diamondThe 45-carat "Hope" diamond is the biggest blue diamond known today and like other famous diamonds it has been sold, stolen, bequeathed in the past. Nowadays, it belongs to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington where it is displayed. Every year, more than six million visitors admire it, it is the second most viewed piece of art in the world after the Mona Lisa. However, it seems to have brought tragedy and misfortunes to it's past owners like Marie Antoinette, a rich American socialite Evalyn Walsh MacLean and one of banker Sir. Henry Philip Hope's descendants.

Copy of the new cut of the Hope diamondThe "Hope" remains today a mystery for the scientists of the Smithsonian Institution who try to explain its characteristics such as its red phosphorescence and its legendary curse. According to some researchers this diamond comes from a mine located in the North of Andhra Pradesh, in the Indian Golkonda region. The legend has it that an Indian minor found it in the 17th century in some gravel near the Krishna River and that he placed it on a statue dedicated to the goddess Sita. The explorer Jean-Baptiste Tavernier traveled to India for the sixth time in 1663 and bought the 112-carat rough blue diamond. Once back to France, he showed it to Louis XIV who gave it to a famous jeweler and cutter Jean Pittan. It took the craftsman two years to cut it and to transform it into a stunning 68.5-carat diamond called the "Bleu de France". The king had it set on the badge of its gold fleece. During the French Revolution, the "Bleu de France” was impounded and displayed next to the "Regent" at the Garde Meuble National where it got stolen in 1792. Presumably it was brought to England to be recut. 20 years and two days later, the exact duration of the limitation period, a 45-carat diamond went on sale and was bought by Sir. Henry Philip Hope, a renowned banker, who named it after him. In 2005, some scientists of the Smithsonian Institution recreated the "Bleu de France" in wax and came to the conclusion that the “Hope” is a cut version of it. Lord Francis Hope, a descendant of Henry Philip Hope inherited the blue diamond in 1887 but had to sell it to pay off his important debts caused by his wife’s luxurious and expensive lifestyle.

Hope blue diamond Smithsonian InstituteHarry Winston Hope diamond jewelryAt the beginning of the 20th century, Cartier owned the famous diamond and sold it in 1911 to a rich American socialite named Evalyn Walsh MacLean. It seems to have brought her misfortune as she lost a son and a daughter and ended up ruined. At her death, her family had to sell the diamond. Harry Winston, the stars' jeweler bought the "Hope" and gave it to the National Museum of Natural History of the Smithsonian in Washington.
In 2010, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the donation, Harry Winston presented it on a special temporary setting, "Embracing Hope", chosen by the American public and made of 450g of platinum and more than 300 baguette diamonds