The Blue Hope Diamond is probably the world’s most well-known gem stone. It measures 45.52 carats, and has a reputation for being cursed. It was thought to have been part of the Blue Tavenier Diamond, which was brought to Europe from India in 1642. Louis the Fourteenth cut the original stone down from 112 carats to 67.50 to refine is style and bring out its radiance. It was passed down to Louis the Sixteenth, and stolen when the French Revolution broke out. A smaller diamond, of the same color was sold to English banker Henry Thomas Hope. This is believed to be the same stone. His son eventually inherited the diamond and soon after lost his fortune. It was bought by an American widow who then lost her family and her fortunes. Eventually, it came to the famous American Jeweler Harry Winston. Its reputation proceeded it, and his clients thought it was cursed. It finally found its way to its current home in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington.
Richard Burton purchased Elizabeth Taylor a 69.42 carat, pear-shaped diamond in 1969, and named it the “Taylor-Burton”. It was reported to have cost him $1,100,000. She wore it as a pendant to a charity event in Monaco. In 1978 she sold it for $2,800,000 to build a hospital in Africa. It was last known to be in Saudi Arabia.
The Regent Diamond was originally discovered by an Indian slave in 1701. It was 410 carats, before being cut down to a 140.50 cushion shape. It passed through the hands of William Pitt, the English Prime Minister, before being sold to Duke of Orleans, the Regent of France in 1717. It was set in the crown of Louis the Fifteenth at his coronation. The French Revolution again stripped another French Monarch of a huge diamond, and was then claimed by Napoleon Bonaparte, who set it in the hilt of his sword. Eventually, it came to reside in the Louvre.
Another huge Diamond that disappeared was The Sancy Diamond. It was 55 carats, cut in a pear shape. It was first owned by the Duke of Burgundy, who lost it in battle in 1477. It found its way through a succession of British and French monarchs, until its disappearance.
The Cullinan Diamond is the largest raw diamond ever found at 3106 carats. It yeilded 9 Large stones, and 96 smaller ones. The largest of these stones the 530.20 carat Star Of Africa, which now set in the Royal Scepter which resides with the other Crown Jewels in the Tower of London, in England.
There are many other famous Diamonds, and they always inspired glamour, intrigue, danger, and scandal. The is the 70.20 carate Idol’s Eye, which was given as ransom for the Princess Kashmir. Then there is the mythical Excelsior, which was thought to be 995.2 carats, but which many believe never existed. There is also 793 carat Great Mogul, who was owned by the Shah who built the Taj Mahal. Its whereabouts are unknown. There is, indeed, something mystical and magical about diamonds which captures the imagination. They have been the most coveted gems throughout human history.
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