Over 100,000 online voters participated in the selection of the new setting for the Hope Diamond from the 18th of August to the 7th of September. The voters had to select one out of three settings designed by Harry Winston. The three settings were named Journey of Hope, Embracing Hope and Renewed Hope.
About 45,000 out of around 100,000 votes cast choose the setting ” Embracing the Hope”
The Hope diamond is a 45.52- carat blue diamond of Indian origin. According to the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) the color grade of the diamond is fancy dark grayish blue with a VS-1 clarity (very slightly included). The cut is cushion cut antique brilliant.
The diamond is being reset in order to commemorate the 50th anniversary of its donation to the Smithsonian Institution. The Hope diamond was donated by Harry Winston to the Smithsonian Institution on Nov 10th 1958. Harry Winston the famed jeweler purchased the necklace from Evalyn Walsh McLean in 1949.
Presently the old setting on the diamond is removed and it is on display to the public without any setting till April 2010 in the Harry Winston Gallery at the Janet Annenberg Hooker Hall of Geology, Gems and Minerals. Because blue diamonds are extremely rare the staff at the Smithsonian Institution has a rare opportunity of examining it said Jeffrey E Post, a geologist and curator in charge of the mineral collection.
By the end of next year the Hope diamond will be returned to its original setting.
The resetting of the diamond is also a Public Relations (PR) stunt for the Smithsonian Channel which will premiere the documentry “Mystery of the Hope Diamond”
The Hope diamond which is also known for its “Curse” has brought us good luck said Cristián Samper the museum director.