According to Susanne Patch, author of Blue Mystery: The Story of the Hope Diamond, the shape of the diamond was unlikely to have been an eye (or on the forehead) of an idol.2. After going through numerous owners, it was sold to Washington socialite Evalyn Walsh McLean, who was often seen wearing it. There are conflicting reports about what happened to the diamond during these years. [7][8], It is classified as a Type IIb diamond, and has changed hands numerous times on its way from Hyderabad, India to France to Britain and eventually to the United States, where it has been regularly on public display since. The reassembled jewel contained the French Blue and the Bazu diamonds, as well as the Côte de Bretagne spinel and hundreds of smaller diamonds. The diamond, first bought from a mine in India, was recut as the “French Blue” after King Louis XIV … Second est: $148,000. Asher and C. Talbot, Cambridge University Press, 2006. B. Tavernier), contains sketches of several large diamonds that he sold to Louis XIV in possibly 1668[11] or 1669; while the blue diamond is shown among these, Tavernier mentions the mines at "Gani" Kollur as a source of colored diamonds, but made no direct mention of the stone. Jeweler William Fals who recut the stone "died a ruined man. According to some stories, the diamond then went to the Sultan of Turkey, “Master of the World and Prince of the Faithful”, who gave it to one of his wives. Reuters. Timeline. [11] Over the next decade, Winston exhibited McLean's necklace in his "Court of Jewels," a tour of jewels around the United States,[11] as well as various promotional events and charity balls. Even the emblem of the Golden Fleece of Louis XV was numerically reconstructed around the French Blue, including the "Côte de Bretagne" spinel of 107 carats (21.4 g), the "Bazu" diamond of 32.62 carats (6.524 g), 3 oriental topazes (yellow sapphires), five brillants of up to 5 carats (1,000 mg) brillants and nearly 300 smaller diamonds. According to the Smithsonian Institution, the diamond was acquired by a French gem merchant named Jean-Baptiste Tavernier in around 1666, who brought it back to Paris and sold it to the French ‘Sun … Directed by Stuart Paton. This great blue diamond is perhaps the most notorious gem in history. Over the years, the Hope Diamond was passed on, until in 1901 it … Reset to appeal to Evalyn McLean; diamond mounted as a headpiece on three-tiered circlet of large white diamonds; became pendant, NYC jeweler; he took it around the US to popularize it, Settings, mountings, scientific study; weight found to be 45.52 metric carats in 1974, Long prosperous reign; lived 1638–1715, died age 76, Bankruptcy; forced to sell it; lived 1866–1941 died age 75, Musical actress, divorced, remarried several times, died poor, age 72, Possibly as agent for Turkish Sultan Hamid, Disputed whether the Sultan ever owned it. A special automobile has been purchased to convey the guards to and from the house to the trust company's building. The origins of the Hope Diamond are mired in myth and rumor, but it is now generally agreed that it was discovered in India, in the Kollur mine in Golconda, in modern-day Andhra Pradesh. Alternate versions claim he acquired it from a crooked priest. [40] He described the gem's illustrious history to her while keeping it concealed underneath special wrapping paper. The Hope Diamond. In the 1700s, it was stolen by a French deserter, who then sold the diamond to an English sea captain for 2,000 pounds. It forms part of a gem collection and is always surronded by people, most of whom just look at it because everyone else is. Starting in September 2009, the 45.52-carat (9.104 g) diamond[5] was exhibited as a stand-alone gem with no setting. [29] However, in New York it was evaluated to be worth $141,032 ($4.33 million today). It was displayed in the Great Exhibition of London in 1851 and at the 1855 Exposition Universelle in Paris, but was usually kept in a bank vault. [24] Like all diamonds, it is formed when carbon atoms form strong bonds. There is a possibility that, given his financial predicament, Hope pawned the French Blue to jewel merchant Eliason to get much-needed cash when the British currency, sterling, was highly depreciated. The Story of the Hope Diamond. This book is concise and informative, with an overview of basic facts about the Hope Diamond, it's history and owners. But the current Hope diamond is only the latest version of the stone. [13] There were reports in one story in The New York Times of several owners of the gem, perhaps who had bought it from Frankel and owned it temporarily who met with ill-fortune,[citation needed] but this report conflicts with the more likely possibility that the gem remained in the hands of the Frankel jewelry firm during these years. The Hope Diamond was originally unearthed in the mines of Southwest India along the Kistna River. Story of the Hope diamond curse has circulated it '' appeared in the world, an. 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