The stone, originally set as a ring for Empress Maria Feodorovna, wife of Emperor Paul I, was given to the Diamond Fund in 1860, by her daughter-in-law, the Empress Alexandra Feodorovna.
It has been suggested that this stone originated from cleavage pieces when the Tavernier Blue was cut into the French Blue, or when the French Blue was cut into the Hope. This has been conclusively proven to be inaccurate through research performed by The Stonecutter and summarized in the article Sucher S. (2009) “A Crystallographic Analysis of the Tavernier Blue Diamond”. G&G, Vol. 45, No. 3, pp. 178-185.