Eight Hearts Diamond
The Ultimate Diamond
The 45.52-carat blue diamond puzzles scientists because of the fiery red glow it gives off for several minutes after being exposed to ultra-violet light
Tavernier's Blue 115ct
It was believed that King Louis XVI started the era for diamond. Before 1770, pearl is the king of Jewel in Europe
The Sun King-Louis XIV recut the diamond to 69ct named it the French Blue
Marie Antoinette’s role that caused the outbreak of the French Revolution started with her arranged marriage with King Louis XVI. Marie Antoinette was also seen as a corrupt influence on Louis XVI. This popular dislike was borne out of not only her lavishness and youth, but also her Austrian descent. It was extremely common in France for one to be afflicted by “Austrophobia,” or a fear of things and people of Austrian descent. Many French people feared Austrian conspiracies and the sway of the foreign queen over her husband. Even in 1791, when the king and queen attempted to flee Paris, many, including the Jacobins believed the escape plot was the fault of Marie Antoinette, not Louis XVI.
Bad luck was not from the Hope diamond, it is believed that Marie never even wore the Hope diamond in her entire life
Henry Philip Hope 45.52ct
Lord Francis Hope,inherited the Hope diamond from his grandmother, Anne Adele Hope (widow of Henry Thomas Hope)....too fast and too much, curse of the Hope diamond finally casted on Frances. In 1894, May Yohe, an American singer, married Lord Francis Hope. Yohe divorced Hope in 1902 and married a series of adventurous, but financially unsuccessful, men. She performed in music hall and vaudeville on the West Coast and in various other places in the U.S. in the early decades of the 20th century, but she was frequently in financial jeopardy. By 1924, she and her last husband, John Smuts, had settled in Boston, where she died in near poverty. It is widely believe that Francis Hope's choose of woman and gambling, rather than the curse, that caused his bankruptcy.
Evalyn Walsh Mclean purchased the Hope from Pierre Cartier
The Moonstone opens with a "family document" that records how the Moonstone (a huge, yellow diamond) was stolen in India by an English soldier and was taken back to England
On January 19 1908 an article entitled, "Hope Diamond Has Brought Trouble To All Who Have Owned It" was published in the Washington Post. In November of 1909 another article was released in the New York Times claiming that the former owner of the gem, Selim Habib, had died in a shipwreck near Singapore. However, this was proven false as the drowned man was simply another man with the same name, and not the former owner. At the time, its current owner, Pierre Cartier, encouraged these tales to interest Evalyn Walsh McLean into purchasing it. Apparently McLean had told him that she thought objects that gave bad luck to others gave good luck to her. McLean bought the Hope Diamond in 1910, and encouraged the stories of its curse for her own publicity. She wore it everywhere she went
Pierre Cartier was one of three third-generation Cartier brothers who transformed the company into a powerhouse. As overseer of the U.S. branch, he bought the Plant Mansion on Fifth Avenue in 1917 with a $1 million strand of pearls and $100
One of the reasons that the Hope Diamond has become so popular is due to the alleged "curse" that was placed upon it. This legend was most likely spawned by the novel The Moonstone by Wilie Collins in 1868. The novel describes the diamond as being stolen from a Hindu idol by Tavernier, the french merchant, and a curse was laid on it by Hindu priests. The novel claims Tavernier died soon after and his body torn by wolves, but history states that he lived to be 84. The novel also linked the diamond to the deaths of other characters from France and England such as the beheading of Marie Antoinette
Harry Winston reset the Stone and donate it to people of USA
In September 2009, Harry Winston, Inc. announced a project to re-design the Hope's setting to commemorate the 50th Anniversary Winston’s donation of the stone to the Smithsonian. The setting design was chosen by the American public in an online poll, and the new setting was revealed in November 2010... Embracing Hope


In 1949 the Hope Diamond was bought by Harry Winston, who in 1958 donated the gem to the Smithsonian Institute, apparently mailing it there in a brown paper bag (Another myth maybe?) It is now part of the National Gem Collection in the Smithsonian Institution where it is on display to the public. So far, nothing mysterious or unusual has happened to those working with the Hope Diamond, and instead it merely sparkles and glitters, sharing its beauty with those who come to see it.

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The Hope Diamond is one of the most famous diamonds in the world. It is currently housed in the Smithsonian Natural History Museum in the USA. The Hope Diamond weighs 45.52 carats is graded as VS1, is Dark blue in color. The Size of the Hope Diamond is 21.78 mm wide, 25.60 mm long and 12.00 mm deep.
Origin of the name of the Hope Diamond
The Hope originated from India in Golconda where it was mined at the at the Kollur mine. The famous Hope diamond was first known as the "French Blue" or the "Tavernier Blue" (115ct) as it was acquired by Jean-Baptiste Tavernier (1605 – 1689), the French traveller and pioneer of jewelry and diamond trade with India. The French Blue was then passed from one ruling French King to the next until the French Revolution when it was stolen. What happened next was a bit of a mystery but in 1839 an entry of a fabulous blue diamond was entered in the gem collection catalog of Henry Philip Hope, the man from whom the diamond now takes its name. The gem catalog did not reveal where or from who Henry Philip Hope acquired the diamond or how much he paid for it. It was said that "Bad luck and death not only for the owner of the diamond but for all who touched it." Possession of the Hope diamond led to violent deaths, disaster and debt leading to stories, myths and legends of the Curse of the Hope Diamond...
The Curse of the Hope Diamond
The Curse of Hope Diamond dates back to its Indian heritage. The great blue diamond was said to have been stolen from the Forehead of an Idol. According to the legend the diamond was stolen from a statue of the Hindu goddess Sita. The Hindu Priests were incensed and placed a curse on whoever owned the diamond. The Curse of the Hope Diamond foretells :
 "Bad luck and death not only for the owner of the diamond but for all who touched it. "

The legend does not state who stole the diamond but it was definitely acquired by Jean-Baptiste Tavernier who first took the diamond from India to Europe.

•The curse of the Hope Diamond is said to have first inflicted a terrible death on Tavernier who died of a fever and whose body was then torn apart by wolves ( not substantiated)
•The diamond was sold to King Louis XIV of France. Louis XIV died on September 1, 1715 of gangrene but almost all of his legitimate children and grandchildren died. His five-year-old great-grandson succeeded him to reign as Louis XV of France
•Louis XV was a weak and dissolute King. One of his mistresses was the Comtesse Du Barry who was beheaded during the French Revolution
•The next King was Louis XVI. Both he and his wife Marie Antoinette were beheaded during the French Revolution
•The diamond passed to the English King George IV who left considerable debts
•The Hope Family ended up selling the diamond because of debts
•The American Evalyn Walsh McLean owned the Hope Diamond and her life was best by tragedies and after her death the Hope Diamond once again had to be sold to settle debts
The history and lives of the owners of the Hope diamond were filled with tragedy and many of their lives culminated in vast debts. Whether or not people believe in the Curse of the Hope Diamond, the history of the stone is undeniable - and the threat of the Hope curse is enough to make people cautious. The History Timeline details the story of the Hope diamond.
History of the Hope Diamond
Myths and legends surround the stone. It is of incredible value. The Hope Diamond originated from India in Golconda where it was mined at the at the Kollur mine. The first mention we have of a Blue Diamond in Europe refers to a stone then considered unique. It weighed in the rough 112 carats, was acquired in 1642 by Jean-Baptiste Tavernier (1605 – 1689), the French traveller and pioneer of jewelry and diamond trade. The magnificent blue diamond was sold to King Louis XIV of France in 1668. It was described as "d'un beau violet" meaning a "beautiful violet" which was brilliant in clarity and rare in color.

The French King had the dark blue diamond cut into a triangular shape weighing 67 carats and wore it suspended from a light blue ribbon round his neck as a pendant. It became part of the French regalia, or Crown Jewels. After passing to French Kings it was stolen during the French Revolution and re-emerged re-cut and sold to various owners. The weight of the diamond had dropped to 45 carats and it is believed that a piece of the original diamond was made into the "Blue Drop Diamond " which was owned by the the Duke of Brunswick.  The Hope Diamond is currently housed in the Smithsonian Natural History Museum in the USA. The lives and the greed of many of the owners and wearers of the produced many stories of ill-luck that plagued them and became part of the history of the Hope diamond.

Note who is wearing the Hope?


Right : On 11/8, 1958, an employee of Harry Winston’s New York City jewelry store mailed an ordinary looking package at the mail city post office. The employee paid $145.29 to mail the package. Postage accounted for only $2.44 of the total cost. The rest was for insurance totaling $1 million. This valuable gem traveled safe and sound to the museum through the US mail.
The New Embrace setting voted by American people
The package was anything but ordinary. It held one of the most famous gems in America, the Hope Diamond.
Sun King of France-Responsible of brining the glittering stone to the eyes of European upper classes

一天看电视時正好看到以前在Lazare Kaplan NY工作的同事负责當今名钻Hope Diamond 的镶嵌工程(David Schwartz 现为Harry Winston jewelry manufacturing VP)……为何说是工程,當Harry Winston 决定把如此貴重獨一無二国宝级的钻石捐给美國博物館時……成千上萬的書信给国会,议员,甚至總統……咒罵声不斷,说什麼美國的命運到底了,会毁在這粒受萬方詛咒的钻石下…

在慎重考慮後博物舘接受了礼物,Harry Winston 把珍貴的钻石以美國郵件usps 以usd150寄給了博物舘……(美國國內郵寄贵貨的方法是可以以郵局平信方法或以贵货押解,但不可用Fedex or ups等快遞運輸,上图照片正是當年的盒子,運送此盒的郵寄員後來意外死亡)公司为了隆重其事,當時以美國国民眾共同選出一個将重新为此石所定制的镶嵌……此工程也正是Harry Winston公司为其手工制造。(最後戴在模特儿身上之图)

好了,看看以下Hope Diamond 的一些基本资料

希望钻石(Hope Diamond)是世界上现存最大的一颗蓝色钻石,重45.52克拉。


按照传说,塔韦尼埃(Tavernier...112ct 時钻石名字为Tavernier Blue)将其献给了路易十四(The Sun King...此人等同现在的Debeers...在此前歐洲只喜歡珍珠,十四當時十分富裕所以据说共買入了2000多粒钻石,掀起欧洲钻石熱)之后,穷困潦倒,在流落俄国时被野狗咬死。路易十四将其琢磨成69.03克拉(當時是钻石切工的前輩 從11269克 重切後名字为French Blue),赠给了情妇蒙泰斯达夫人,随即,蒙泰斯达失宠。其后路易十六继承了这颗宝石,非常喜爱,并将其赠与王后玛·安东尼特,结果两人双双死于断头台。

1792年,该钻石被盗走,盗贼将其带到英国,由于该钻石名声太大出不了手,结果被迫将其抵债,饿死街头。新主人将其琢成现在大小后(69ct 45.5ct當時資料不多,又没多少个人看到过此钻真品所以失蹤多年的French Blue又开始浮出市場),待到二十年的法律时效一过,就将其出手给了英王乔治四世(此等珍藏英國也费盡心思去擁有它),不多久,这个卖主就自杀了,而乔治四世也陷入财政危机,只好秘密卖出钻石。
1824年,著名银行家亨利·菲利普·霍普Henry Philip Hope买下了该钻石,并用自己的姓氏Hope为其命名。由于Hope意即希望,故此该钻石得名。按照传说,从此开始霍普家族的生意开始走下坡路,其孙被迫将其拍卖抵债


接下来华盛顿邮报的继承者艾弗琳·沃尔什·麦克林(Evalyn Walsh Mclean.此人十分重要)买下了这颗钻石,结果她的儿子随即在车祸中丧生,丈夫精神崩溃,死于精神病院,女儿也服安眠药身亡1933年,华盛顿邮报也因为经营不善而被迫转手。



Hope diamond

品本身沒有感情思想,因為它的价值最後傳到了有思想感情,身體受欲望金錢驅使的人類手中,难不免成為了犧牲品,從115ct 減到45ct




Tavernier Blue此人得天獨後的优勢,给皇室專供珠寶,可能他只是從印度買入了這特別的宝物,转手赚了一大筆,(720.000 livres 约480 公斤黄金) 现价约2千300万美元。可憐的是,從此以後此人在傳奇中变成偷宝物的小偷,继而不得被野狗咬死。





King Louis XIV...大陽王沒有他就可能没有Debeers.....没有他當時的窮奓極華,可能沒有後來路易十六的斷頭台下場






Henry Philip Hope…………此人和路易十四情況有類同之處,名声留下了HopeF希望为其家族之名,但第三代卻因一戲子而破產……好在他敗的不是一個國家。




Pierre Cartier……Hope diamond 在遇到Pierre Cartier 之前已数次易手,Mclean女士曾告訴Pierre Cartier 往年賣给她人們认为坏運的珍寶在她戴了後卻成為幸運物……


Pierre 卡地亞在推薦此物時製作和強調強調一系列希望鑽石的負面"歷史"…………




Pierre 的算盤还不算順利,Mclean 夫人是個大手筆之人,开支十分巨大,成交後一直没有付出成交的十八万美元(現在价约4.5百萬美元)

Piereer 把Mclean 告上了法庭,幾经辛苦收回了錢款。


一說是Pierre 幫助 Evalyn Mclean 提升了其价值從而收到了300.000美元的货款……


在评論Cartier 前我們先看看 Evalyn Mclean 是個什麼樣的人物………………


Evalyn Walsh Mclean…………是美國礦業女繼承人和社交名媛. 除了著名的是45克拉希望鑽石,她还從皮埃爾·卡地亞買下了94克拉白钻Star of the East。

她是托馬斯·沃爾什Thomas Walsh的唯一的女兒..

1908年,她嫁給愛德華·比爾麥克萊恩,繼承人華盛頓郵報和辛辛那提Enquirer publishing財富。愛德華·麥克萊恩終於在精神病院死亡。

Evalyn也是美國第29屆總統夫人Alice 羅斯褔的知己与好友。



也喜歡美好的生活,也沒有人願意錯過任何Evalyn的舞会。有一次,请了个二三十人匈牙利樂隊演奏爵士樂,餐桌有75英尺长,可容納百多食客,當天就買蘭花的成本就要$ 48,000,付工資人数達47人。15偵探在舞會中暗中保護Evalyn 的希望鑽石。





Evalyn 不是笨女子,她在用錢的同時也懂得利用自身的优勢去賺錢……在知道Pierre Cartier编写了如此大对钻石黑暗歷史後(現代经查證後在1908年前後根本不存在Cartier所告訴Evalyn 魔咒的記載)


Evalyn 原先想退货算了,但Pierre 告訴她既然她家擁有巨大的傳媒,為何不將魔咒一说發揚光大,既為钻石增值又為自己宣傳







King Louis XVI 夫妻被斷頭,Lord Francis Hope 破產. Evalyn Walsh 家庭破產,丈夫神經病,女儿自殺等都是因為"甚愛与多藏",他們看到物質上滿足了五音,五色,五味的追求,






Pierre Cartier... 此人為何能逃離此魔咒,據我分析以下這件事情救了他,在编作了大量故事後滿以為這筆生意既赚了錢又赚了從歐洲到美國的名聲,Evalyn不笨也不利,用Pierre 的不實编作差點累Cartier 賠了夫人又折兵,最终造三十萬的成交价可是也是为了配合Evalyn 的要求以提升Hope的市价。


老子說过,福兮,禍之所伏,禍兮,福之所倚,Cartier 經此一敗,或許令它在這行内老實做好本業奠下了甚礎。


最後 Harry Winston 捐出了Hope ……在五十幾後,Harry Winston 结合博物舘,讓美國人全民選出了Embracing Hope的新設計,至今五十多年Hope 是為美國以及世界各地去观赏最多最出名的展品,Harry Winston的零售業從美國發展到包括中國的世界各地,他是得了还是失了?


博物館在得到了The World's most famous diamond Hope Diamond後一直生意不绝,魔咒從此不在。





David Schwartz, Director of Jewelry Dept Harry Winston, also my ex associate from Lazare Kaplan Inc, is dressing the model with the new Embracing Hope.