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Summer of Love Cushion Cut Engagement Ring

The cushion cut originates it shape from the “old mine” cut, a popular cut in the nineteenth century, which looked like a square diamond with soft corners. The difference between the two cuts is the old mine cut has 58 facets and the cushion cut has 64 facets. The Hope Diamond, one of the most valuable blue diamonds in the world, is a cushion antique brilliant cut. While it’s not known exactly when the Hope diamond was cut, it must have been somewhere between 1792 and 1812 (which is when the Hope Diamond mysteriously disappeared). Read More >

Inspired by the “Hope” Diamond to Celebrate April’s Birthstone, the Diamond

The blue diamond is the rarest Fancy Colored diamond. It derives its color from boron atoms. One of the most valuable blue diamonds in the world is the Hope Diamond, which is now on display at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. The diamond is 45.52 carats and the cut is cushion antique brilliant. It’s about the size of a walnut. It also has an interesting history. A French gem merchant Jean-Baptiste Tavernier obtained the uncut stone in the 1600s and suggested it originated in India. The story goes that he sold the uncut stone to Louis XIV in 1668, who commissioned the court jeweler to cut the stone into a triangular shaped 69 carat gem. The stone, historians refer to as the French Blue, was passed down for generations and when Louis XVI and his family were imprisoned during the French Revolutions in 1792, thieves stole most of the French Crown Jewels. The French Blue disappeared and it is believed that it resurfaced in London in 1812, recut into two pieces, one of which is now known as the Hope Diamond. The stone was now 45.54 carats. While there is no record of ownership from 1792-1839, in 1839, it appeared as part of the gem collection of Henry Philip Hope, a London banker, hence the “Hope” diamond. From 1839 until 1911, the stone changed hands many times, from private collectors to jewelry houses. Every time it was sold it increased in value until Pierre Cartier sold the Hope Diamond to American Evalyn Walsh McLean in 1911. Following her death, Harry Winston purchased her entire jewelry collection in 1947. The Smithsonian asked Harry Winston to donate the Hope Diamond in 1958, and it’s been at the Museum since. The Hope Diamond’s estimated value is $340 million. Read More >