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    First-graft Pearl Senior Member Richard W. Wise's Avatar
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    Default From The Sun King To The Smithsonian, The Epic Journey of The Hope Diamond

    On a dark night in September of 1792, someone made off with 69 carat French Blue diamond. The gem had been secreted, along with the rest of the French crown jewels, confiscated from King Louis XVI by the revolutionaries of the French National Assembly, in a royal storehouse for safe keeping. Many of the gems stolen that night were subsequently recovered by the French government. The French Blue was never seen or heard of again.

    In September of 1812, a deep blue diamond weighing 177 grains (44.25 carats) was reported in the possession of London diamond merchant, Daniel Eliason. In 1830 this stone now listed at its correct weight, 44.52 carats, became part of the collection of the Anglo-Dutch financier Henry Phillip Hope where it received its name. Most scholars have come to believe that the Hope Diamond is a recut version of the original French Blue.


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    Fascinating, Richard, thank you!
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    There is an utmost interesting fact about the Blue diamond, it's that a leadcast of the said diamond has been found only in 2007 at the Paris museum of national history (where the mineral and gem collection is kept).

    From the lead cast, it has been possible to establish that the hope has really been recut from the french blue, which was not truly established since then, but only supposed to. More obvious pictures here :
    http://www2.mnhn.fr/hdt201/info/mine...php?itemid=113

    It is said that the cut of the stone was truly outstanding, besides the size, the color and the shine that were too.
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    Thanks, CliClasp, very interesting, hope you have more for us to read and look...
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    How interesting! Thanks
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    sounds like an exciting read!

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    Hi Richard,
    What a great subject to write on. Thanks for posting.

    Anna, Thanks for the photos; they make an exciting preview.
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    I am mad about seeing one day the Hope in Washington. Improve your french here but pictures are worth seeing

    www2.mnhn.fr/hdt201/doc/galerie/Museum_CP_DiamantBleu.pdf

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