She first appears in a flashback in "The Answer" and debuts in person in "Steven's Dream". An article entitled "Hope Diamond Has Brought Trouble To All Who Have Owned It" appeared in the Washington Post in 1908. In 2009, the Smithsonian announced a temporary new setting for the jewel to celebrate a half-century at the National Museum of Natural History. In general, colored diamonds are much rarer than colorless diamonds, but some colors or more common than others such as yellow and champagne stones. [60] An additional account of the Hope Diamond's "cursed origins" was a fanciful and anonymously written newspaper article in 1909. The Sun King's blue diamond became unrecognizable and the baroque style of the original cut was definitely lost. When a lawsuit between buyer and seller erupted about the terms of the deal, newspapers kept alive reports of the diamond's "malevolent influence" with reports like this one, which blamed the stone's "curse" on having caused, of all things, the lawsuit itself: The malevolent influence that has for centuries dogged with discord and disaster the owners of the famous Hope diamond has started again and without waste of time, despite special precautions against ill-luck taken at the time of its last sale, according to John S. Wise, Jr., of 20 Broad Street, attorney for Cartiers, the Fifth Avenue jewelers, who are suing Mr. and Mrs. Edward B. McLean for $180,000, its alleged purchase price. Most likely, the lead cast was made near 1815, since that was the year that similar entries from the 1850 catalogue had been made. These events culminated in an event and a documentary to celebrate the making of these replicas, with celebrations by the French museum including H. Horovitz, Martin du Daffoy who was the historian and jeweller from the Place Vendôme in Paris, as well as directors and leaders from the museum. A previously unknown drawing of the Golden Fleece was rediscovered in Switzerland in the 1980s, and two blue diamonds that had ornamented the jewel were found as well, and these recent findings enabled artisans to recreate a copy of the emblem. Today we will also discuss about buying a guide of blue zircon stones, also the wholesale guide to understanding the quality of blue zircon! It fueled speculation that humans possessing the gemstone were fated to have bad luck with varying reports of undetermined veracity. [14] While the diamond had disappeared for two decades, there were questions whether this diamond now in Great Britain was exactly the same one as had belonged to the French kings, but scientific investigation in 2008 confirmed "beyond reasonable doubt" that the Hope Diamond and that owned by the kings of France were, indeed, the same gemstone, in the sense that the Hope Diamond had been cut from the French Blue.[10][14]. £257.00. Blue Diamond Ring with White Diamond in Sterling Silver 0.28ct . Cartier had it reset. Holly Blue Agate's Quartz Crew/The Famethyst . The Hope Diamond is one of the most famous jewels in the world, with ownership records dating back almost four centuries. It was an important event since previously investigators had to rely on two-dimensional sketches of the diamond, but now they had a three-dimensional structure with which to apply techniques such as computer-aided drawing analysis. Go. In 1901, the financial situation had changed, and after a "long legal fight,"[29] he was given permission to sell the Hope Diamond by an order of the Master in Chancery[29] to "pay off debts". £199. The name derives from the Persian zargun, meaning golden-colored. Previously, the Hope Diamond had been displayed as a loose gem since late summer of 2009 when it was removed from its former Cartier-designed setting. It is blue to the naked eye because of trace amounts of boron within its crystal structure, and exhibits a red phosphorescence under exposure to ultraviolet light. Based on documents kept in a private collection,[74] it could be shown that this particular diamond was not hexagonal-shaped, as some historians had previously thought,[75] but was in a shape best described as "rounded squared",[76] similar to the so-called Régent diamond. Colors were used to recall the original artwork: red for the flames, and yellow for the fleece, and in keeping with the original work, the materials used were initially colorless but were painted in the same fashion used by the artist Jacquemin when the original Golden Fleece was completed in 1749. An alternative scenario is that the McLeans may have fabricated concern about the supposed "curse" to generate publicity to increase the value of their investment. Yellow Lightning, Blue Lightning: Her whip emits blue lightning. The 500-plus remaining replicas of diamonds were cut from cubic zirconia using a baroque cushion cut. She is a member of The Great Diamond Authority that rules over the Gem race. Lead cast of the "French Blue" diamond, discovered in 2007 at the National Museum of Natural History (France) by Farges (ca. [25][26][27] It is unclear who had initially owned the gemstone, where it had been found, by whom, and in what condition. Mrs. McLean wore it to a "brilliant reception" in February 1912 when it was reported that it was the first time it had been worn in public since it had "changed owners. Blue Diamond is a fun, unique and educational choice for a birthday party. Suitable To Gem Stone, J ewelry, Glass, Rock, Etc. If it is a real blue diamond the origin will say “natural.” Blue diamonds come in several shades including straight blue, grayish blue, violet blue, and greenish blue. According to a late nineteenth century historian named Bapts, a contract was made between Cadet Guillot and a French aristocrat named Lancry de la Loyelle, in 1796, to sell the 107-carat (21.4 g) spinel-dragon of the Golden Fleece. In a contrasting report, historian Richard Kurin speculated that the "theft" of the French Crown Jewels was in fact engineered by the revolutionary leader Georges Danton as part of a plan to bribe an opposing military commander, Duke Karl Wilhelm of Brunswick. "[14] It was set in gold and was supported by a ribbon for the neck which was worn by the king during ceremonies.[10]. A History of India, Hermann Kulke and Dietmar Rothermund, Edition: 3, Routledge, 1998, p. 160; Deccan Heritage, H. K. Gupta, A. Parasher and D. Balasubramanian, Indian National Science Academy, 2000, p. 144, Orient Blackswan, alternate possible name: Jean Pitau (1617–1676), Note: The $400,000 price may have been exaggerated, since a newspaper report in 1908 was that experts had thought it was inflated, and that the true price at that time may have been closer to the "air bidding price" of $250,000 ($7.11 million today); for further information see. Amico Bifulci gilded parts of the matrix to recreate the elegant original gold and silver arrangement of the original. Huge inventory of loose Blue Diamonds of all shapes and sizes. Since the Smithsonian acquired the gemstone, the "curse appears to have gone dormant. Below the 107 carats (21.4 g) spinel Côte de Bretagne hangs the French Blue diamond and the fleece itself, set with hundreds of yellow diamond replicas, Historic 45.52 carat diamond of deep-blue color, Tavernier's original sketch of the Tavernier Blue, Hofer, Stephen, Collecting and Classifying Colored Diamonds, p. 414. There were reports that she misplaced it at parties,[44] deliberately and frequently, and then make a children's game out of "finding the Hope", and times when she hid the diamond somewhere on her estate during the "lavish parties she threw and invite guests to find it. Another report states that the king's debts were "so enormous" that the diamond was probably sold through "private channels". As part of the investigation, the "Tavernier Blue" diamond was also reconstructed from the original French edition of Tavernier's Voyages (rather than the later London edition that somewhat distorted and modified Tavernier's original figures), and the Smithsonian Institution provided ray-tracing and optical spectroscopic data about the Hope diamond. The oldest nephew, Henry Thomas Hope, received eight of the most valuable gems, including the Hope Diamond. Please try again later. It was followed by another New York Times article in 1911[13] which gave a list of supposed cases of ill-fortune, but with few confirmations from other sources: The mainstream view is that these accounts are specious and speculative since there are few, if any, independent confirmations to back them up. Natura Blue Diamonds are among the rarest and most expensive fancy colored diamonds, in dwindling supply and increasing demand. After going through numerous owners, it was sold to Washington socialite Evalyn Walsh McLean, who was often seen wearing it. Prince Ivan Kanitovski bought it from Colet but was killed by Russian revolutionists. [13] In 1896, his bankruptcy was discharged, but, as he could not sell the Hope Diamond without the court's permission, he was supported financially by his wife during these intervening years. Different intensities of natural blue diamonds. In a newly published historical novel, The French Blue, gemologist and historian Richard W. Wise proposed that the patent of nobility granted Tavernier by Louis XIV was a part of the payment for the Tavernier Blue. In addition, artist Etienne Leperlier cast a "crystal" lead glass duplicate of the wax replica of the carved Côte de Bretagne. Blue Diamond's debut portrays her as a very mellow Diamond who treats high-ranking members of her court with respect. The theme of greedy robbers stealing a valuable object from the tomb or shrine of an ancient god or ruler, and then being punished by it, is one which repeats in many different forms of literature. [50] In 1988, specialists with the Gemological Institute of America graded it and noticed "evidence of wear" and its "remarkably strong phosphorescence" with its clarity "slightly affected by a whitish graining which is common to blue diamonds. "[11] The stone prompted elaborate security precautions: William Schindele, a former Secret Service man, has been engaged to guard the stone. It has been described as the "most famous diamond in the world".[9]. Blue diamonds that have been found in nature with the blue coloring are “real.” Other diamonds that have been artificially treated to receive the blue coloring are not “real” even if they are authentic diamonds. They should also be cut to maximise the beauty of the gemstone. 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