The Hope Diamond – 45.52 ct.

This is an exceptional and extremely beautiful one-of-a-kind Diamond. It’s Probably the most Famous and Historied Diamond of all time. Truly a magnificent Fancy Blue Diamond. One of the most Amazing Famous Diamonds ever!

Gemological Info:

  • Weight: 45.52 ct.
  • Shape/Cut: Brilliant Cut Oval Shape
  • Color: Fancy Dark Greyish Blue
  • Clarity: VS1, with whitish graining present
  • Proportions:
    • Depth: 55.1%
    • Table: 53.0%
    • Girdle: Very Thin to Slightly Thick, Faceted
    • Culet: Very Large
  • Measurements: 25.60 × 21.78 × 12.00 mm
  • Polish: Good
  • Symmetry: Fair to Good
  • Previous Cut Weight: 67.125 ct. as the Blue Diamond of the Crown of France (The French Blue)
  • Previous Cut Weight: 115.28 (or 112 3/16) ct. as The Tavernier Blue
  • Graded by: Gemological Institute of America – GIA report 5230103, dated 12 December 1988

Mine Origin: Most likely India, possibly from Kollur Mine

  • Obtained by Jean-Baptiste Tavernier in 1666

Cutter:

  • First Cut (Very Basic Cut) – Tavernier Blue: Unknown
  • Second Cut – The French Blue: Sieur Pitau
  • Third Cut – The Hope Diamond: Unknown

Current Owner: Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. (Specimen #217868) housed in the National Gem and Mineral Collection at the National Museum of Natural History

Last Sold By: Harry Winston

Price Sold For: Donated

History:

  • Obtained by Jean-Baptiste Tavernier in 1666
  • Called The Tavernier Blue
  • Sold to King Louis XIV of France in 1668/69
  • Cut by the Court Jeweler, Sieur Pitau, into the 67.125 ct. Blue Diamond of the Crown of France in 1678
  • Set in Gold on a cravat-pin
  • King Louis XV has it set into a more elaborate jeweled pendant, for the order for the Golden Fleece, by court jeweler André Jacquemin
  • Confiscated by the French Revolutionary Government and stored in the Garde-Meuble (Royal Storehouse) in 1791
  • Stolen from the Garde-Meuble on September 11, 1792
  • Two days after the 20-year Statute of Limitations for Crimes during the French Revolution had taken effect, Mr. Eliason’s Diamond (later named the Hope Diamond) was recorded, in a memo by John Francillon, to be in the possession of the London diamond merchant Daniel Eliason – United Kingdom, September 19, 1812
    • In 2008, scientific investigation confirmed “beyond reasonable doubt” that the Hope Diamond was the same gemstone as that owned by the kings of France, proving that the Hope Diamond had been cut from the French Blue
  • Author John Mawe reveals in his 1823 book that Mr. Eliason is no longer the owner of the diamond
    • Speculated acquisition of Mr. Eliason’s Diamond to King George IV of England
  • Henry Philip Hope publishes a catalogue of his Gems, including Mr. Eliason’s Diamond, in 1839
    • Speculated acquisition of Mr. Eliason’s Diamond by Thomas Hope (Henry Philip Hope’s brother) in 1830
  • Named the Hope Diamond after publishing of Hope’s 1839 catalogue
  • Henry Phillip Hope dies, bequeathing his estate to his nephews – 1839
  • Inherited by Henry Thomas Hope after 10 years of court battles with his brothers – 1849
  • Displayed in the Great Exhibition of London in 1851
  • Displayed at the Exposition Universelle in Paris, 1855
  • The first connection is made between the Hope Diamond and the French Blue – made by Charles Barbot, a French gemologist, in his book, Traité Complet de Pierres Précieuses – 1858
  • Inherited by Henry Thomas Hope’s wife, Anne Adele, on December 4, 1862
  • Upon her death in 1884, the entire Hope estate, including the Hope Diamond, Anne Adele’s grandson, Henry Francis Pelham-Clinton
    • A condition to his inheritance was that, when he reached the age of legal majority, he must add the name of “Hope” to his own surnames
    • Another condition was that he would have a life inheritance, meaning he could not sell any part of it without court permission
    • As Lord Francis Hope, he received his legacy in 1887
  • Lord Francis Hope declared bankruptcy in 1896
  • After a “long legal fight”, Lord Francis Hope was given permission, by an order of the Master in Chancery, to sell the Hope Diamond – 1901
  • Sold to Adolph Weil for £29,000 (£2.89 million by today’s standards)
  • Sold to Simon Frankel, supposedly, for $250,000 ($7.4 million by today’s standards)
  • Sold to Selim Habib, a wealthy Turkish diamond collector, for between $200,000 – $400,000 ($5.45 – $10.89 million by today’s standards) – 1908
  • Bought by C.N. Rosenau in Paris in 1909 for 400,000 francs
  • Sold to Pierre Cartier in 1910 for 550,000 francs
  • The Hope Diamond arrived in the U.S. – November 23, 1910
  • Sold to Ned and Evalyn Walsh McLean in 1912
  • Harry Winston buys Evalyn Walsh Mclean’s entire Jewelry Collection, including the Hope Diamond, in an estate sale in 1949
  • Winston puts McLean’s Jewelry in his traveling exhibition, the Court of Jewels, from 1949-1953
  • Winston donates the Hope Diamond to the Smithsonian Institution in 1958
The Hope Diamond
The Hope Diamond
Harry Winston - Hope Diamond USPS Envelope

The Hope Diamond Gia Grading Report

The Hope Diamond 1901 News Article