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Daemon
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The Hope Diamond

The Hope Diamond is a large, blue diamond, currently housed in the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. Its history can be traced to the "Tavernier Blue," a crudely cut diamond of about 112 carats originally mined in India, which King Louis XIV of France later purchased and cut into "the Blue Diamond of the Crown," or "the French Blue." Legend has it that the Hope Diamond is cursed and causes misfortune to befall its possessors. How did it acquire this reputation? More...
MechPebbles
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Precious stones have no inherent value.
stefan
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... the specific legends about the Hope Diamond's "cursed origin" were invented in the early 20th century to add mystique to the stone and increase its sales appeal as well as increase newspaper sales. An article entitled "Hope Diamond Has Brought Trouble To All Who Have Owned It" appeared in the Washington Post in 1908. An additional account of the Hope Diamond's "cursed origins" was a fanciful and anonymously written newspaper article in 1909. It was followed by another article in 1911 which detailed a rather lengthy list of supposed cases of ill-fortune but with few confirmations from other sources...
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Fascinating, its a wonder Richard didn't buy it for Elizabeth.
Gary98
Posted: Monday, August 11, 2014 10:46:00 AM

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Are we the USA cursed for having this thing?
Alexander Lo
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nkelsey
Posted: Monday, August 11, 2014 1:35:48 PM
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Beautiful gem.
simon ko
Posted: Monday, August 11, 2014 3:18:12 PM

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a wonderful piece of stone
monamagda
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WEIGHT: 45.52 carats
CLARITY: VS1. Whitish graining is present.
COLOR: Natural fancy deep grayish-blue
CUT: Cushion antique brilliant with a faceted girdle and extra facets on the pavilion.
DIMENSIONS:
Length: 25.60 mm
Width: 21.78 mm
Depth: 12.00 mm



Today, like every day, thousands to tens of thousands of visitors will press into the Harry Winston Gallery of the Smithsonian’s Geology, Gems and Minerals exhibition to experience the beauty, magic and mystery of the Hope Diamond, making it, perhaps, the most visited museum object in the world. What is it that has elevated the Hope Diamond to such an iconic status? In addition to being the must see at the Smithsonian Institution, it is recognized around the world, and is even used by media in our society as the ultimate example of value and perfection.

http://mineralsciences.si.edu/hope.htm
thar
Posted: Monday, August 11, 2014 3:47:55 PM

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Wonderfully old, deep, strange, and forced out violently from its natural place in the Earth...








I know, geonerd strikes strikes again. Not saying it isn't beautiful. But I just think it is way cooler than that Whistle Whistle
JUSTIN Excellence
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I'm ready to be tortured by my sweetheart. But this Hope Diamond I possess is a blessing i keep for your loveliness.











Vicki Holzknecht
Posted: Monday, August 11, 2014 11:34:14 PM

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I think it was misnamed.
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