Description of the Hope Diamond
The Hope Diamond is one of the most famous diamonds in the world. It is currently housed in the Smithsonian Natural History Museum in the USA. The Hope Diamond weighs 45.52 carats is graded as VS1, is Dark blue in color. The Size of the Hope Diamond is 21.78 mm wide, 25.60 mm long and 12.00 mm deep.
Origin of the name of the Hope Diamond
The Hope originated from India in Golconda where it was mined at the at the Kollur mine. The famous Hope diamond was first known as the "French Blue" or the "Tavernier Blue" as it was acquired by Jean-Baptiste Tavernier (1605 – 1689), the French traveller and pioneer of jewelry and diamond trade with India. The French Blue was then passed from one ruling French King to the next until the French Revolution when it was stolen. What happened next was a bit of a mystery but in 1839 an entry of a fabulous blue diamond was entered in the gem collection catalog of Henry Philip Hope, the man from whom the diamond now takes its name. The gem catalog did not reveal where or from who Henry Philip Hope acquired the diamond or how much he paid for it. It was said that "Bad luck and death not only for the owner of the diamond but for all who touched it." Possession of the Hope diamond led to violent deaths, disaster and debt leading to stories, myths and legends of the Curse of the Hope Diamond...
The Curse of the Hope Diamond
The Curse of Hope Diamond dates back to its Indian heritage. The great blue diamond was said to have been stolen from the Forehead of an Idol. According to the legend the diamond was stolen from a statue of the Hindu goddess Sita. The Hindu Priests were incensed and placed a curse on whoever owned the diamond. The Curse of the Hope Diamond foretells :
"Bad luck and death not only for the owner of the diamond but for all who touched it. "
The legend does not state who stole the diamond but it was definitely acquired by Jean-Baptiste Tavernier who first took the diamond from India to Europe.