Hope Diamond ($250 million). Among the most romanticized jewels in the world, the Hope Diamond is housed at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and considered the second-most visited piece of art in the world (behind the "Mona Lisa"). Discovered in India in 1812, the 45.52-carat blue-gray stone has had many owners over the years. The diamond is also said to be cursed—including the alleged suicides of several of its owners. Selected by http://sleepbamboo.com/
The Hope Diamond - formerly one of the crown jewels of France, having at one time adorned King Louis XIVs Order of the Golden Fleece as well as being used in other pieces from time to time. It was looted during the revolution and re-cut.
The Hope Diamond — The Curse of DebtCredit: Chip Clark | Smithsonian Institution | si.edu At 45.52 carats, the beautiful grayish-blue Hope Diamond is 1 inch (25.6 millimeters) in length and 0.8 inch (21.7 mm) in width. Its history traces back to the 17th-century diamond mines of Golconda, India, where it was first purchased in its original, crudely cut, 112.19-carat form by the French merchant Jean Baptiste Tavernier.
The Blue Heart diamond is 30.82 carats. The gem was cut into its distinctive shape in 1909-1910 and was bought by Cartier shortly thereafter. Since then it has bounced around from a wealthy Argentinian woman, Van Cleef and Arpels, a European family, Harry Winston, Marjorie Merriweather Post, and, finally, the Smithsonian, where The Blue Heart has resided since 1964.
THE SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY, WASHINGTON, D.C. - Countess Mona von Bismarck donated this 98.57 Burmese sapphire to the Smithsonian in 1967. It is mounted on an Art Deco necklace designed by Cartier and displayed in the museum with countless priceless gems, including the Hope Diamond.