After going through numerous owners, it was sold to Washington socialite Evalyn Walsh Mc Lean who was often seen wearing it.It was purchased in 1949 by New York gem merchant Harry Winston, who toured it for a number of years before giving it to Washington’s National Museum of Natural History in 1958, where it has since remained on permanent exhibition.
It has been described as the "most famous diamond in the world".
People typically think of the Hope Diamond as a historic gem, but this study underscores its importance as a rare scientific specimen that can provide vital insights into our knowledge of diamonds and how they are formed in the earth.
According to the theory, during that period Colbert, the King's Finance Minister, regularly sold offices and noble titles for cash, and an outright patent of nobility, according to Wise, was worth approximately 500,000 livres making a total of 720,000 livres, a price about half Tavernier's estimate of the gem's true value.
stated in Tavernier's invoice would be in old French carats, thus 115.28 metric carats.
One report suggests he took 25 diamonds to Paris, including the large rock which became the Hope, and sold all of them to King Louis XIV.
Another report suggested that in 1669, Tavernier sold this large blue diamond along with approximately one thousand other diamonds to King Louis XIV of France for 220,000 livres, the equivalent of 147 kilograms of pure gold.
The Hope Diamond has long been rumored to carry a curse, possibly due to agents trying to arouse interest in the stone.
It was last reported to be insured for 0 million.
The Hope Diamond is one of the most famous jewels in the world, with ownership records dating back almost four centuries.
Its much-admired rare blue color is due to trace amounts of boron atoms.