The Hope Diamond Gets A Makeover

Even the most famous diamond in the world needs to mix it up every now and again. See the Hope Diamond in her sparkling new setting!

In¬†celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Harry Winston’s historic donation of the Hope Diamond to the Smithsonian Institution, the famous jeweler has designed a new “Embracing Hope” setting for the legendary gem. The stunning necklace featuring the 45.52-carat Hope Diamond officially debuted in Washington, D.C. earlier this week. This is the first new setting for the fabled deep blue gem since it was given to the museum by Harry Winston himself in November 1958 to help found the National Gem Collection.

Designed and handcrafted in Harry Winston’s New York studio, the temporary and aptly-named “Embracing Hope” design suspends the historic gem in a sculptural ribbon of 340 baguette diamonds set in platinum. Eight master jewelers devoted more than 1,000 hours to creating the exquisite new look, which was selected from three different Winston designs by popular vote in an online poll in 2009.

Blue gemstones are making a huge comeback this holiday season thanks to all the recent Hope Diamond buzz and Princess Diana’s sapphire ring finding a new home on Kate Middleton. If you’re dreaming of a Blue Christmas – check out these incredible gems at prices you have to see to believe. And if you thought this new setting was cool – click here for a look at the Hope Diamond like you’ve never seen her before!

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