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The Hope Diamond! Museum of Natural History, Washington D.C.    The weight of the Hope diamond for many years was reported to be 44.5 carats. In 1974 it was removed from its setting and found actually to weigh 45.52 carats. Saw this at the Smithsonian....amazing!

The Hope Diamond! Museum of Natural History, Washington D. The weight of the Hope diamond for many years was reported to be carats. In 1974 it was removed from its setting and found actually to weigh carats. It is classified as a type IIb diamond,

The Black Star of Queensland. This stone has an amazing history.  World's Largest Star Sapphire Was Used as a Doorstop for 9 Years | The Daily Sparkle

World’s Largest Star Sapphire Was Used as a Doorstop for 9 Years

A 733 carat black star sapphire that was originally used as a doorstop. Named “The Black Star of Queensland,” the humble gemstone that spent nine years as a doorstop is now set majestically as a pendant framed by 35 diamonds.

The Hope Diamond Chain: Museum of Natural History, Washington D.C.

In the pendant surrounding the Hope diamond are 16 white diamonds, both pear-shapes and cushion cuts. A bail is soldered to the pendant where Mrs. McLean would often attach other diamonds including the McLean diamond and the Star of the East. The necklace chain contains 45 white diamonds.

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The Hope Diamond Chain: Museum of Natural History, Washington D. In the pendant surrounding the Hope diamond are 16 white diamonds, both pear-shapes and cushion cuts.

Chalk Emerald Ring - 37.82 carats. Emerald surrounded by 60 pear shaped diamonds by Harry Winston

Baubles and Trinkets / This is the Chalk Emerald, a carat emerald from Columbia. Columbia is the major source of emeralds. It is nestled in a cluster of 60 pear-shaped diamonds weighing a total of 15 carats. It is housed at the Smithsonian Institute.

I believe this is the diamond that Meg was referring to in her book, even though she said it was a necklace. This is a blue diamond that Marie Antoinette owned that was not stolen when the rest of the crown jewels were. Also, if you turn it upside down in this picture, it makes a pretty good pendent shape.

The Marie-Antoinette Blue Diamond: Marie-Antoinette’s private jewelry collection contained a carat blue heart shaped diamond which the queen had set in a ring. The queen gave the ring to her close friend Princess Lobomirska, shortly before her trail in

Hope Diamond ($250 million). Among the most romanticized jewels in the world, the Hope Diamond is housed at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and considered the second-most visited piece of art in the world (behind the "Mona Lisa"). Discovered in India in 1812, the 45.52-carat blue-gray stone has had many owners over the years. The diamond is also said to be cursed—including the alleged suicides of several of its owners.  Selected by http://sleepbamboo.com/

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The Hope Diamond - photo by Chip Clark // putting this in 'Clothing and Accessories' I thought might be a bit pretentious.

The Hope Diamond - formerly one of the crown jewels of France, having at one time adorned King Louis XIVs Order of the Golden Fleece as well as being used in other pieces from time to time.  It was looted during the revolution and re-cut.

The Hope Diamond - formerly one of the crown jewels of France, having at one time adorned King Louis XIVs Order of the Golden Fleece as well as being used in other pieces from time to time. It was looted during the revolution and re-cut.

Kaşıkçı Elması 86 karat olup çevresinde çift sıra 49 tane elmas ile bezenmiştir ve dünyada çok bilinen 22 elmas arasındadır. Topkapı Sarayı müzesinde sergilenmektedir.

The pride of the Topkapi Palace Museum in Istanbul, and its most valuable single exhibit is the pear-shaped Spoonmaker Diamond, also known as the Kasikci. Surrounded by a double-row of 49 Old Mine cut diamonds. Just absolutely stunning!

The 67.50 ct Black Orlov diamond is probably the most famous natural color black diamond.

The carat Black Orlov diamond is probably the most famous natural color black diamond.

Blue sapphire necklace presented to Queen Elizabeth on Coronation 12th of May 1937

Nice necklace Blue Belle of Asia almost 400 ct Sri Lanka Christies November to reach more than €: via Adolfo de Basilio

The Victoria-Transvaal Diamond was cut from a 240-carat rough stone found at the Premier Mine in Transvaal, South Africa, in 1951. The pear shaped, fancy “champagne-colored” diamond was originally cut to 75 carats but then later recut to 67.89 carats for better proportions. Total weight of the 106 diamonds in the necklace is approximately 45 carats. The Victoria-Transvaal diamond was worn in the 1952 movie “Tarzan’s Savage Fury.”

The Victoria-Transvaal Diamond was cut from a rough stone found at the Premier Mine in Transvaal, South Africa, in The pear shaped, fancy “champagne-colored” diamond was originally cut to 75 carats but then later recut to carats for b

The Logan Sapphire Originally from Sri Lanka, this 423-carat violet blue sapphire is roughly the size of an egg. It belonged to a Washington, D.C., socialite, Mrs. Polly Logan, who donated the stone to the Smithsonian’s collection in 1960.

The Logan Sapphire

The Logan Sapphire Flawless sapphire is the second largest known one in the world, a staggering carats. The cushion-cut stone is one of the world's largest and most famous sapphires, set in a brooch surrounded by 20 round-cut diamonds weighing 16 carats.

Queen Victoria's Crown Ruby Brooch. purchased along w/ necklace and earrings, from Garrard in 1854 by QV. Originally consisted of Opals and Diamonds. It's said that around 1902 Queen Alexandra, Queen Consort altered pieces by replacing Opals w/rubies, per Suzy Menkes, of The Royal Jewels, brooch not altered until 1926. Worn by Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mother with rest of parure and Oriental Circlet Tiara. Not seen since death in 2002 but worn by QEII on 6/16/2015 to Royal Ascot, Day 1.

Queen Victoria's crown ruby brooch purchased with necklace and earrings from Garrard in 1854

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Cartier's Royal Pearl tiara/necklace/pendant boasts an illustrious provenance, the pearl having been the property of Queen Mary, wife of King George V

7.1 Million-Diamond Necklace - Billionaires Club

38 carats Diamond necklace & worth every carat Im sure it belonged to me in a past life;

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The Sri Lankan sapphire in this necklace weighs over 50 carats. It features beautifully cut and matched diamonds.

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