The Blue Hope is a deep
steel blue diamond weighing 45,52 carats and was found in the Kollur mine in
Golconda, India. The rough crystal weighted 112 carats. Currently the
diamond is housed in the Smithsonian Institution.
1668 the French traveller
Jean Baptiste Tavernier sold the diamond to King Louis XIV of France. The
court jeweler Sieur Pitau cut the diamond into a triangular-pear-shaped
stone weighing 67.50 carats: The French Blue or the Tavernier Blue. Set in
gold the diamond suspended on a neck ribbon for the King to wear on
ceremonial occasions. September 11, 1792, during the french revolution, the
diamond was stolen. It was taken to Le Havre and then brought to London,
where it should be sold but disappeared. In 1824 the diamond appeared in the
gem collection of Henry Philip Hope. When Henry Philip Hope died there was a
fight for the diamond between three of his nephews. Henry Hope acquired the
Hope Diamond and it was displayed in the Great Exhibition of London in 1851
and Paris Exhibition Universelle in 1855. Usually it was kept in a bank
The next owners were:
His wife Adele until March 31 1884.
Henry Francis Hope Pelham-Clinton, who went
bankrott. In 1901 he sold the Hope diamond for £29.000 to the London jewel
merchant Adolf Weil.
Adolf Weil sold it to Simon Frankel, an diamond
dealer who took the diamond to New York, where it was evaluated worth
$141.032 (equal to £28.206 at the time).
Frankel sold the diamond to Salomon Habib in
Paris for $400.000 in 1908.
Habib sold the Diamond to the jewel merchant
Rosenau for equal to $80.000.
1910 Rosenau sold it to Pierre Cartier for
1911 Cartier sold it to Evalyn Walsh MacLean.
1947 she died and in 1949 the trustees sold the Blue Hope to the New York
diamond merchant Harry Winston.
Harry Winston exhibited The Blue Hope in his
Court of Jewels. This was a tour of jewels around USA. In August 1958 the
diamond was exhibited in the Canadian National Exhibition. The bottom facet
was cut to increase the diamond’s brilliance. November 7, 1958 the Blue Hope
was donated to the Smithsonian Institution. 1978 Harry Winston died of heart
Now the Diamond belongs to the National Gem Collection in the Smithsonian
Institution. 1962 it was exhibited in Paris and 1965 in South Africa. The
diamond was shown with a weight of 45,52 carats in the recent exhibitions.
The color description of The Hope Diamond is “Fancy dark grayish-blue”: The