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5 Most Famous Diamonds in History of Mankind

The most famous diamonds in the world are not only expensive and beautiful but also full of both mystery and history. There are lots of such diamonds in the world. Their different Stories, sizes, and colors make them all unique and interesting. Here are our Top 5 diamonds in the world.

1. The Hope Diamond

Hope Diamond in the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, Washington DC
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The Hope Diamond is one of the world’s most famous gems, and its most striking characteristic is its dark blue color. The Hope’s early history involves some educated guesswork. Most authorities believe it was mined in India and came to Europe in the mid-1600’s. At that time it weighed about 110 carats and had an irregular shape and faceting. Early in the 1800’s, a remarkable blue cushion-cut diamond weighing 45.52 carats appeared in London. Henry Philip Hope bought it in 1830 and named it after himself. This is the gem that has since become so famous.

Following Hope’s death, the diamond passed on to heirs and other owners. Around 1910, Cartier of Paris purchased it and then sold it to Evalyn Walsh McLean, a prominent American socialite. To conjure a little cark romance, Pierre Cartier may also have invented the legend of a curse. After McLean died in 1947, renowned diamond dealer Harry Winston purchased the Hope from her estate. In 1958 Winston donated it to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. There, the Hope Diamond is now a favorite exhibit.