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 Dresden Green Diamond is a 41 carat (8.2 g) natural green diamond, which probably originated in the Kollur mine in the state of Andhra Pradesh in India.The stone's unique green color is due to natural exposure to radioactive materials. Today, the diamond is shown in the "New Green Vault" at Dresden Castle, Dresden, Germany.
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 Jonker, originally weighed 142.9 carats, cut with 66 facets. Later the proportions were changed, to impart to it a more oblong outline and greater brilliance. The stone was also flawed, apparently. It was thus reduced to a weight of 125.35 carats, cut with 58 facets. In the opinion of many who had inspected it, Jonker I is perhaps the most perfectly cut gem in existence.
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!