Hope Diamond Ring
Sale Price (non-members): $59.99
Sale Price (members): $53.99
Original Price: $75.00
Exude a Wealthy Glow. This stunning replica Hope Diamond Ring pays homage to the Hope Diamond’s historic setting. Deep-blue faceted Austrian crystals, and a silvertone ring band. Assembled in the USA. Sizes 5-10.
Displayed in the Harry Winston Gallery of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, the Hope Diamond is renowned for its nearly flawless clarity, rare deep blue color, and eventful history. King Louis XIV of France bought the diamond in 1668; however it was stolen during the French Revolution It reappeared in London in 1812. Evidence suggests that King George IV of England purchased the re-cut diamond in 1820. Sometime after his death in 1830, the diamond was purchased by Henry Philip Hope. After Hope's death in 1839, the diamond was left to his family. In 1909 it was purchased by French Jeweler Pierre Cartier, who two years later sold it, remounted as a headpiece on a three-tiered circlet, to Evalyn Walsh McClean. (When Cartier offered it for sale to Mrs. Walsh the previous year in Paris, she declined to buy it because she did not like the setting.) After undergoing many ownership changes, jeweler Harry Winston purchased the diamond in 1949 and donated it in 1958 to the Smithsonian Institution, where it remains today in its most recent iteration as a pendant on a diamond necklace.
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