The notorious Hope diamond seems to have mystical powers to draw gazes from its very small realm sitting under a continuous spot light; however, never disregard an unlimited amount of energy it must omit to be able to seduce millions to come by merely to behold its beauty.
“This diamond gem inspires more than 7 million visitors a year with its fascinating scientific story, historical royal significance and tales of a curse. It is the most visited and most popular object in the entire Smithsonian complex”, said Jeffery Post, curator.
The Hope diamond is on display for the first time, at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History with a totally different setting other than the custom setting created by Cartier in Paris exclusively for Mrs. Evalyn Walsh McLean in 1911.
Master craftsmen at Harry Winston Inc. then spent eight months creating the setting. The new platinum setting surrounds the legendary deep-blue diamond with an extraordinary 340 baguette diamonds totaling 60 carats; however, the Hope diamond will be on display for a limited time in this gorgeous setting.
The unveiling of the Hope diamond in its stunning new setting’s design coincides with the film’s world premiere on Nov. 21 at 8 p.m. EST., and more than 100,000 people selected through an on-line vote sponsored by the Smithsonian Channel.
The Smithsonian Channel’s documentary, Mystery of the Hope Diamond, is narrated by Academy Award Winner Kim Basinger and includes footage of model Hilary Rhoda who wore the necklace for a photo session.
“Hollywood couldn’t make up a drama like the story of the Hope Diamond,” said David Royle, executive vice president of Programming and Production for the Smithsonian Channel.
“It’s a fantastic mix of jaw-dropping beauty, mythic curse, untold wealth, larger-than-life characters and cutting-edge science.
When acclaimed jeweler Harry Winston gave the Hope Diamond to the museum in 1958, he made a permanent gift to the American people, it since became among most recognized museum icons in the world.
“Mr. Winston understood that the true value of these magnificent gems went well beyond their monetary worth,” said Frédéric de Narp, president and CEO of Harry Winston Inc.
“It was his dream to help educate the public more about these precious stones through a National Gem Collection. To get this started, in 1958, he donated his most precious treasure, the Hope Diamond, to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington.”