The Hope Diamond
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The Hope Diamond, the largest of all blue diamonds, 45.52 carats, exhibited at the National Museum of Natural History. The gem is slightly lopsided, possibly because the bottom of the teardrop shape was cut away so that the original stolen jewel could not be identified. The setting is a circlet of smaller white diamonds on a chain of diamonds.
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Featured in the "Torch," January 1983. There is a color photograph of the gem in Widder, Robert B. A PICTORAL TREASURY OF THE SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION, 1966, p. 22.
Smithsonian Institution Archives Record Unit 371 Box 4 Folder January 1983
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Object; Medium: Photographic print