The Jewelry Insider

December 21, 2009

If the Hope Diamond is the world’s most famous diamond, The Wittelsbach is its glittering lady-in-waiting – and you can get a glimpse of them both for the first time next month!

Diamond records were broken last year when Christie’s sold a stunning gray-blue 35.56-carat gem known as
The Wittelsbach for millions above the expected price (try $24.3 million on for size).

The event caused a rumble in the important gems auction world, and the wealthy Wittelsbach owner, Laurence Graff, vowed to share the gem with the public after making slight improvements to the stone’s color and clarity.

Making good on his promise, the Wittelsbach will appear at The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History from Jan. 28 to Aug. 1 in the same hall that houses The Hope Diamond, the museum announced last week.

Many believe the centuries-old diamond, whose origins can be dated as far back as 1662, was discovered at the same diamond mine in India as the Hope Diamond. Smithsonian scientists will explore whether this is true while the diamond is in their care.

In the meantime, if you find yourself in our nation’s capitol in the next few months, add this glittering stop to your itinerary, where you can view the Hope in it’s new setting, The Wittelsbach in its first public show and many other important drool-worthy gems.

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