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Legend of the Hope Diamond

The gorgeous blue Hope Diamond is the center of many dark legends and unfortunate stories. Learn of its owners' bad luck and decide if you believe the curse. | BMJ Blog


10 Most Precious Gemstones

Dom Pedro, the World's Biggest Aquamarine Gem. The obelisk-shaped, blue-green gem, which was designed by famed German gem cutter Bernd Munsteiner, known as the "father of the fantasy cut," stands 14 inches (35.5 centimeters) tall and weighs 10,363 carats, or 4.6 pounds (two kilograms). (Link)


World's Most Expensive Colored Diamonds

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 Hope Diamond is revealed in its new publicly chosen setting, "Embracing Hope," and is now on view at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History.


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.


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 GRAFF Pink - 23.88cts - the most beautiful internally flawless, vivid natural pink diamond in the world.


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.


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