Until recently the Hope diamond was the world’s largest dark blue diamond, yet it remains the world’s most famous. This mysterious diamond captures the imagination, and with a museum-quality replica from The Stonecutter, it can capture the attention of your admirers.
Weight of Rough:
25.60 x 21.78 x 12.00 mm
68.9 carats (cut from the French Blue diamond)
Cut early 1800’s
All dimensions reported are based on actual measurements taken by stonecutter Scott Sucher when granted permission by the Smithsonian to handle the unset Hope diamond.
The Hope diamond was first introduced to the world in 1812. Where it came from has long-since been a topic of great interest and debate. Many in the international lapidary community believe that the Hope was cut from the French Blue, a larger blue diamond stolen from the French Crown Jewel collection in 1792 and never recovered. In 2009, The Stonecutter’s Scott Sucher led the research team investigating this very possibility. These are the findings:
The Hope diamond could have been cut from the French Blue. Supporting evidence includes:
While this research makes clear that the Hope diamond came from the French Blue, the question “Why?” still remains. Again, The Stonecutter’s Scott Sucher goes back to the facts to provide an opinion.
According to Sucher, the Hope diamond was likely the product of an illegal stone recovery. Henry Philip Hope (HPH), after whom the stone is named, had extensive connections among European royalty, politicians, gem cutters, and traders, so if the French Blue was recovered secretly, he would have had the means to do it. Acquiring what was lawfully property of the French crown, yet unwilling to part with the stone, HPH would have had to disguise the diamond, a feat that could have been achieved by recutting. However, no owner would want to lose significant weight from the stone, so the new cut would have to minimize weight loss. If cut from the French Blue, the Hope’s cutters did just that by creating an asymmetrical stone that uses two of the original facets (the “extras” on the oval brilliant cut).
While HPH’s ownership of the stone is undisputed, it is curious that his historical records about the stone were vague, unlike the meticulous records about the other stones in his impressive collection.
What happened to the stone after HPH’s death is well-documented (for the most part). Famed jeweler Harry Winston donated the stone to the Smithsonian Institute in 1958, sending the famous diamond to the museum through the United States Postal Service for the cost of $2.44 in postage + $142.85 for $1 million-worth of insurance.
Although another stone of comparable color has outweighed this gem, the Hope is still a must for any diamond collection. Add the mystery and unrivaled beauty of the Hope diamond to your collection with a precise replica from The Stonecutter. Order online today, and contact us for jeweler recommendations to set the stone.
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