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.
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! 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!
A ruby and diamond flower brooch Realistically modelled as a rose, the petals of french-cut rubies within concealed settings and brilliant-cut diamonds, enclosing a pear-shaped diamond, the stem and leaves of brilliant and baguette-cut diamonds, pear-shaped diamond approximately 0.50 carat, remaining diamonds approximately 2.00 carats total, length 8.5cm