Posts Tagged ‘Smithsonian’

A new setting for the Hope Diamond

When I first heard of this, I thought it had to be a hoax. One of those stories serious news outlets like to run on April 1st. But no, this is the end of August, and apparently this is true: the Smithsonian Institution intends to remove the Hope Diamond from its current setting! The Hope is […]



No need to romance the stone: the Hope Diamond and the French Revolution

It sometimes happens that objects, like people, have fascinating destinies. Such is certainly the case of the blue gem now known as the Hope Diamond. The story begins in 17th century India, in the legendary mines of Golconda. A blue diamond weighing an astonishing 115 carats was discovered there. For those of you unfamiliar with […]