The Hope Diamond

Written by on 26 May 2010

Did you manage to see the documentary last night about the curse of The Hope Diamond? it was piecing together clues into its true history and curses it is reportedly famous for. I watched it, as it sparked my own interest into curses, myths and of course sparkly things!

The Hope Diamond is a large, 45.52 carats, deep-blue diamond, housed in the Smithsonian Natural History Museum in Washington, D.C. The Hope Diamond is blue to the naked eye because of trace amounts of boron within its crystal structure. In 1988 the GIA (Gemological Institute of America) described the colour as 'fancy dark grayish-blue.' However rephrased the description in 1996 to 'fancy deep grayish-blue.' The clarity was determined to be VS1.

The cut was described as being 'cushion antique brilliant with a faceted girdle and extra facets on the pavilion.' The dimensions in terms of length, width, and depth are 25.60mm x 21.78mm x 12.00mm.

One aspect of this famous diamond that most people do not get to see is its fiery red phosphorescence that results from exposure to ultraviolet light, which continues for more than a minute. The mysterious red phosphorescence, rarely seen in other blue diamonds, added to the Hope Diamond's mystique and allure where some saw this as a supernatural force. However, the mystery has now been solved. Scientists observed that almost all natural blue diamond's show phosphorescence that has components of blue and red light. In some cases, including the Hope Diamond, the red colour dominates, and the phosphorescence appears red to the eye; but for other diamonds, the blue colour dominates.

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These all come with a magical fortune of sparkles on your fingers and no curse in hand.

Angela