Famous Gems The Hope Diamond

the-hope-diamondThe Hope Diamond is the largest deep blue diamond in the world. It is now in the Smithsonian National Gem Collection. It attracts 6 million visitors a year. The diamond weighs 45.52 carats. From the Smithsonian site:  “It was formed a hundred miles beneath the surface of the earth and carried upward by a volcanic eruption more than a billion years ago.” A former owner Evalyn Walsh McLean sent it to the museum after having a series of terrible misfortunes.  She sent it by regular mail but insured. more

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