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Wednesday, March 28, 2012
The Hope Diamond was originally a 112+ carat diamond and over the years has been re-cut several times and as of today it weighs 45.52 carats. The rarest of the rare, this diamond is a fantastic beautiful violet blue color. The color is from trace amounts of Boron that are naked to the eye. It also emits a red phosphorescence glow of sorts, after exposure to ultraviolet light. Because of this phenomenon, it is considered by many throughout the years to be cursed.
The setting of the diamond has changed many times over the years. Currently the pendant portion of The Hope Diamond is in a setting that is surrounded by 16 white diamonds that are done in the pear shape and cushion cuts. The necklace itself is made up of 45 white diamonds so it is a weighty, luxurious piece. It is estimated to be valued at $250 million dollars, but it actually considered to be priceless because of its extensive history.