Harry Winston once said;
“People will stare: make it worth their while”
and that’s exactly what he did!
Once upon a time, French merchant traveler, Jean Baptiste Tavernier, purchased a 112ct diamond which he later sold to King Louis XIV of France in 1668. Most likely originating from the Kollur mine in Golconda, India, it was described by Tavernier as a ‘beautiful-violet’ in color.
To honor the 50th anniversary of its donation to the Smithsonian Institute, Harry Winston will honor their donation by remounting it in one of three necklace mountings illustrated below, for which the Smithsonian held an online vote.
Last Wednesday, for the first time ever, the world’s largest blue diamond went on public display, devoid of any setting. The 45.52ct Hope Diamond will be on view for several months, during which time, a new setting will be completed, appropriately named ‘Embracing Hope’.
The winning design will mount this massive ‘blue-rock’ in a ribbon of white diamonds, chosen from three proposals in an online vote, winning 40% of the votes said Cristian Samper, director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.
Throughout the centuries, this infamous diamond has changed hands several times prior to its present home at the Smithsonian, shortly to be documented by Tom Cavanagh in ‘Mystery of the Hope Diamond’ airing next Spring.