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July 21, 2006



I saw the Hope Diamond at the Smithsonian back in 1985. At that time, it was in a case in the wall just like all the other gems. (I think now it's out in a stand-alone case.)

I was shocked at how small it was, honestly. Not that I thought it would be as big as my fist or anything, but it's smaller than it looks on TV or in print.


I watched a really good documentary on the diamond once. Apparently Evalyn Walsh McLean would have her dog wear it from time to time! There's a lot of interesting stuff to the "curse" stories, but I don't really believe in that kind of stuff.


Or perhaps, it's cursed because of all the slave labour that goes behind those diamonds?


Lisa... It is a bit small, sort of. You're expecting its physical presence to be measure into something much, much larger. 45.52 carats is big, VERY big for a blue diamond (very big for any diamond) but at 1" wide and 1/2" deep, it isn't the massive chunk of carbon you're anticipating when you enter the hall. Its reputation precedes it. Its legend has far greater proportions than its physical size.

Emily... I have heard that, too, and I will let you know if Kurin says it's fact or fiction after I read the book. McLean was at odds with Cartier (who was doing the selling at the time) and so I wouldn't be a bit surprised. I let Linus & Nixon wear pearls. Nixon likes the 11mm black ones. Linus likes a double strand of twisted multicolor freshwater baroque pearls, 10-11mm. Trey HATES it when I put pearls on them. But a Pug dog has such a nice neck for pearls...

Oh, G... it's just not that simple. If it were that simple, then all of the clothing from the Gap and every pair of Nike trainers (and all of their wearers) would also be cursed. It's not that simple. No way.


Totally off-topic here, but I heard this story on NPR as I was driving through Indiana yesterday.

Yes, more thoughts on the synthesized diamond industry. The process actually sounds really cool (plasma clouds!). I think one commentator in the article got the future of lab-grown stones correct -- that they will be a niche market and won't affect the selling power of natural stones. I guess, as always, perfection is the real rarity, and not the object itself.

[I think I saw the Hope Diamond at the Smithsonian when I was a child. I just remember the gem hall being dark and smelling like sweaty tourists.]


Sounds like a great weekend of reading!

I want to see pictures of Pugs in Pearls! (Sorry, Trey.)


No, seriously. I DEMAND pictures of pugs in pearls.

palladium ring

Hope diamond ring is very beautiful, very elegant. Every woman dreams to wear that ring.


Nunya Business

Screw you and your comments about Texas. If you don't like it, leave it. Pretty simple.

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