The Hope Diamond is a large, 45.52 carats deep-blue diamond and has been found in the Kollur minein Golconda...
read more
Diamond as
a store of value
The store of value-aspect may not be the decisive reason for his stellar position within the family of...
read more
Famous 4C: Carat, Color, Cut, Clarity. The weight of diamonds is given in Carat. A Carat (ct.) equals 0,2g...
You will find a various blend of diamonds...
The Blue Hope Diamond
PDF Print E-mail

The Hope Diamond is like none other. It has inspired legends, is believed to be cursed, and has been worn by royalty. The gem has been stolen, recovered, sold and resold, cut and recut. Since it arrived at the museum, in a plain brown wrapper, the rare diamond has been one of their premier attractions. The history of the stone which was eventually named the Hope Diamond, is thought to have begun in the Kollur mine in Golconda, India. When first found, it was triangular in shape and crudely cut. A French merchant adventurer, 
Jean-Baptiste Tavernier, found the diamond and is the first recorded owner. At that time weighed 112 carats. Legend says at some point in time, the stone was pried from the eye of an Indian idol, thus the origins of the curse. 
Tavernier took it out of India and sold it (among other jewels) to Louis XIV of France, where it was known as the French Blue Stone. For more than a century, the gem graced the throats of French Kings and Queens. The stone 
was set in gold and suspended on a neck ribbon, which the king wore on ceremonial occasions. It's said Marie Antoinette (who lost her head to the guillotine) often wore the stone.

With the coming of the French Revolution, all royal jewels, including the French Blue Stone were confiscated and turned over to the revolutionary government. But on the morning of September 17, 1792, the entire collection was stolen. Forty years passed and the whereabouts of the stone are unclear. 

Next, around the year 1830, an oval diamond of sapphire blue mysteriously appeared in London. The gem was taken there by a young Dutchman who stole it from his father, or so the story goes. The father, a diamond cutter, supposedly died of grief over the loss. Next, records indict it had several owners, who suffered misfortune and early death. 

The gem landed eventually in the hands of a gentleman named Henry Hope, from whom the diamond takes its current name. It passed to at least three generations of the Hope family. More misfortune followed. Early in the 1900s the gem had more owners including a Turk who promptly drowned. Here, things get murky, but somehow the diamond found it's way back to France where in 1910, it was shown to Evalyn Walsh McLean. She purchased the stone for $154,000. With it came tragic events. Mrs. McLean's daughter 
died, her son was run down by a car and her husband became mentally unbalanced. Once large, the family bank account dwindled. Through her troubles, Evalyn held the gem, until her death in 1947. 

In 1949, Harry Winston purchased the diamond, among other jewelry and donated the stone to the Smithsonian in 1958. Today the gem weighs 45.52 carats, surrounded by sixteen white diamonds, both pear-shaped and cushion cuts.


Royal Diamond sells for $9.7m

The 35-carat pear-shaped, double rose cut diamond ‘Beau Sancy’ - one of the world’s oldest and most famous diamonds, has been sold for almost $10 million in Geneva at Sotheby's. An anonymous telephone bidder purchased one of the ‘most fascinating and romantic’ jewels ever to come to auction. [...]

read more

The $5 Million Diamond Watch

Swiss luxury watch brand Hublot unveils the world’s first $5 million diamond watch. The timepiece is covered with 1,282 diamonds. It took 17 people 14 months to set the more than 140 carats of diamonds. The diamond watch is put on show at BaselWorld, the world’s most important watch and jewelry fair. [...]

read more

Largest Pink Diamond

Estimated to be worth millions - the ‘Argyle Pink Jubilee’: A mining company in Australia says it has found the largest rough pink diamond in the country - a 12.76-carat light pink diamond. The rare diamond was unearthed in Western Australia’s East Kimberly region at Rio Tinto’s Argyle diamond mine.   [...]

read more

Diamonds… Surpassing Gold

Are diamonds invading gold’s sparkling bastion? Over the past years, diamonds indeed have been steadily becoming sought-after ‘investing gems’ around the world thanks to the diamonds spectacular performance, especially among high net-worth individuals,    [...]

read more