Hope Diamond: The Hope Diamiond is the previous record holder for being the largest faceted diamond and is probably the most well known and historically interesting of all diamonds. The Hope Diamond was originally known as the Tavernier Blue which was a crudely cut triangular diamond. According to legend, it was stolen from an Indian statue of Sita and purchased by Jean-Baptiste Tavernier around 1660. The diamond was sold to King Louis XIV of France who had it cut into a 67.125 carat stone

Louis XVI's gift to Marie Antoinette. Spectacular old mine cut diamond and sapphire oversized feather. Louis XVI was tired of Marie Antoinette's taste for tall headdresses, and offered her this diamond aigrette to wear instead.

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.

Marie Antoinette Earrings Few objects in the Smithsonian collections conjure up more dramatic images than do these diamond earrings. They were given to Marie Antoinette by Louis XVI and are said to have been taken from her when she was arrested fleeing the French Revolution. Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History.

Regent Diamond: set in a Crown for the Coronation crown for Louis XV and then in another crown for Louis XVI in 1775. He gave it to Marie Antoinette who added it to her jewelry collection.

aquamarine & diamond ring

De Beers Marie Antoinette Necklace

This rock-crystal pocket watch was made for French queen Marie Antoinette and is among a collection of 40 rare clocks that were stolen 25 years ago and recently discovered. The priceless watch was made by French watchmaker Abraham Louis Brequet.

Marie Antoinette's diamond earrings in their case

the Duchesse d’Angouleme only surviving child of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette

Marie Antoinette's Tiara at the National Museum of Natural History

Louis XVI's gift to Marie Antoinette

Hortensia Diamond: The Hortensia Diamond is a pale pink, orange diamond that was originally part of the jewel collection of the French Crown. It was lost/stolen with all of the other gems in Marie Antoinette's collection during the French Revolution

Queen Hortense sapphire and diamond parure, which was in the former possession of the House of Orléans. In 1821 King Louis Philippe acquired a tiara, a necklace, a pair of earrings and a brooch for his spouse Marie-Amélie, in whose family these sapphires were handed down until they were sold to the Louvre. A national treasure of France.

French Crown Jewels of Marie Antoinette.

Marie Antoinette's Diamond Necklace at the National Museum of Natural History by EmpressM, via Flickr

The pride of the Topkapi Palace Museum in Istanbul, and its most valuable single exhibit is the 86-carat pear-shaped Spoonmaker Diamond, also known as the Kasikci. Surrounded by a double-row of 49 Old Mine cut diamonds. Don't miss it's story at http://famousdiamonds.tripod.com/spoonmakersdiamond.html#

marie antoinette necklace

THE ROMANOVS JEWELRY COLLECTION ~~ the jewelry for hair, belong to Catherine II The Great, 1674. She and Elizabeth I, the daughter of Peter The Great, were fond of jewelry. Elizabeth preferred colorful flora theme, Catherine enjoyed bow-knots from diamonds and silver.

Alexandrite - June's Birthstone... Such a rare stone that pearl was made the birthstone of June... This rare stone turns colors when it is in the sun