The Hope Diamond

ID: 74-6034

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: 1974

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives Record Unit 371 Box 4 Folder January 1983

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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.


  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Dept. of Mineral Sciences
  • United States National Museum Division of Mineralogy and Petrology


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.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives Record Unit 371 Box 4 Folder January 1983

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,



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  • Gems
  • Mineralogy
  • Specimens
  • Minerals
  • Hope diamond
  • United States National Museum


  • Photographic print
  • Object

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Physical description

Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Object; Medium: Photographic print

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