Hope Diamond Facts?

I was looking up pictures of the Hope Diamond and one of the pictures showed it when it was placed under a UV light. As we all know it turns an eerie red when exposed to UV light, but the surrounding diamonds can't really be seen except for one which shines a light and bright blue. That's so interesting to me.
I want to know some fact like this, for example, how much is the Hope Diamond worth and other facts too.

asked by Ruth in Fashion & Accessories | 5825 views | 12-01-2009 at 06:53 PM

Some sources value the Hope Diamond at $250,000,000 while others quote a more conservative figure as low as $200,000.

The hope diamond has a really interesting story!

It was discovered in the Golconda diamond mines of southern India. It somehow (the details are lost to history) ended up in the hands of a French merchant named Tavernier, who sold it to Louis XIV. It came to be known as the Tavernier Blue or the French Blue due to its intense blue color. During the chaos of the French revolution, the French Blue diamond was stolen.

A suspiciously similar (but smaller and differently cut) diamond showed up 20 years later in England, and eventually passed to a man named Hope, hence getting the name the Hope diamond. Modern measurements of the different facets of the stone have indicated that the French Blue and the Hope Diamond are indeed one and the same. The Hope is now at the Smithsonian museum where it's likely to remain...there are no plans to return it to either India or France.

Facts about the hope diamond:

The Hope Diamond is a large, , fancy deep blue diamond

In mineralogy, diamond is the Allotropes of carbon where the carbon atoms are arranged in an isometric-hexoctahedral crystal lattice. After graphite, diamond is the second most stable form of carbon....
, currently housed in the Smithsonian
Smithsonian Institution

The Smithsonian Institution is an educational and research institute and associated museum complex, administered and funded by the government of the United States and by funds from its Financial endowment, contributions, and profits from its shops and its magazine....
Natural History Museum
National Museum of Natural History

File:Smithsonian Natural History Museum circa 1926.jpgThe National Museum of Natural History is a natural history museum administered by the Smithsonian Institution, located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.....
in Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. , formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as Washington, the District, or simply D.C., is the Capital of the United States, founded on July 16, 1790....
The Hope Diamond is blue to the naked eye because of trace amounts of boron

Boron is a chemical element with atomic number 5 and the chemical symbol B. Boron is a trivalent metalloid element which occurs abundantly in the evaporite ores borax and ulexite....
within its crystal structure, but it exhibits red phosphorescence

File:Phosphorescence.jpgFile:Phosphorescent.jpgPho sphorescence is a specific type of photoluminescence related to fluorescent. Unlike fluorescence, a phosphorescent material does not immediately re-emit the radiation it absorbs....
under ultraviolet

Ultraviolet light is electromagnetic radiation with a wavelength shorter than that of visible light, but longer than x-rays, in the range 400 nanometer to 10 nm, and energies from 3 Electron volt to 124 eV....
light It is classified as a Type IIb diamond, and is famous for supposedly being curse

A curse is any manner of adversity thought to be inflicted by any supernatural power, such as a spell , a prayer, an imprecation, an execration, magic , witchcraft, a god, a natural force, or a spiritual being....

Examination in December 1988 by the Gemological Institute of America
Gemological Institute of America

The Gemological Institute of America, or GIA, is a non-profit organization institute dedicated to research and education in the field of gemology....
Gem Trade Lab (GIA-GTL) showed the diamond to weigh 45.52 carats (9.104 g) and described it as "fancy dark grayish-blue." A re-examination in 1996 slightly rephrased that description as "fancy deep grayish-blue." The stone exhibits an unusually intense and strongly-coloured type of luminescence: after exposure to long-wave ultraviolet light, the diamond produces a brilliant red phosphorescence ('glow-in-the-dark' effect) that persists for some time after the light source has been switched off.

answered by Chief | 12-01-2009 at 06:55 PM

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