April's famous birthstone: The Hope Diamond

If you’re lucky enough to have a birthday in April, your birthstone is the beautiful, timeless diamond.  Though diamonds are absolutely stunning to begin with, there are a few that outshine all the rest.  My personal favorite, and the one that is likely the most famous, is the Hope Diamond.  

Hope Diamond

Photo by Chip Clark, Smithsonian Institution

The Hope Diamond is believed to have originated from the Kollur mine in Golconda, India, dating back to French royalty in 1668 when a merchant sold the original 112 3/16 carat diamond to King Louis XIV.  At the time, the diamond had not been cut down to its current size and was large and crudely cut.  After its first recut, by the French court jeweler, Sieur Pitau, the stone was 67 1/8 carats and shone a brilliant blue-violet color, leading to the beloved name the French Blue.  Unfortunately, in 1792, the French Blue was stolen, not to resurface for another twenty years.  When it did resurface, what was discovered was a diamond weighing approximately 46 carats that could not be traced with 100% certainty back to the French Blue.  However, strong evidence does suggest that this is the same stone. 

After the stone was recovered, it came into posession of royalty once again, but was soon sold by the UK’s King George IV in 1830, and turned back up in the hands of the Hope family, where it was finally given the name the Hope Diamond.  After many quick resales following this, the diamond was sold to Mrs. Evalyn Walsh McLean of Washington D.C. 1911.  Mrs. McLean loved the diamond and owned it until her death in 1947.  In 1958, the Hope Diamond was donated by Harry Winston Inc. to the Smithsonian Institution where it resides today as one of the Smithsonian’s main attractions.  Currently, the diamond weighs 45.52 carats and measures an impressive 25.6mm long, 21.78mm wide, and 12mm in depth.

Its beauty beholds a dark curse believed by many, however, which states that the owner of the diamond, and anyone who touches it, is cursed with bad luck and, in some cases, even death.  This curse gained further attention when a replica of the diamond was featured in the movie, Titanic, in the possession of Rose, the main character.  The ship, The Titanic, sinks after striking an iceberg, begging the dramatic question: was the curse of the diamond to blame?

Though we, of course, cannot sell you the Hope Diamond, some of our most beautiful pieces at Day’s Jewelers feature brilliantly cut diamonds that will last a lifetime.

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To learn more about diamonds, visit the Day’s Diamond Education Center.

Day’s Jewelers is a proud sponsor of the Diamonds Do Good and Diamonds for Peace Initiatives.

 

Fondly,

Kyra Zabel

E-Commerce Assistant and Copywriter