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. .
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
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 Blue Heart diamond is 30.82 carats. The gem was cut into its distinctive shape in 1909-1910 and was bought by Cartier shortly thereafter. Since then it has bounced around from a wealthy Argentinian woman, Van Cleef and Arpels, a European family, Harry Winston, Marjorie Merriweather Post, and, finally, the Smithsonian, where The Blue Heart has resided since 1964.
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!