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Diamond and Gold dangling around her neck. Maybe instead of naming them diamond necklaces we should have named them “heaven”. Decadent gold designs accented with quality diamonds, polished to just the right patina and you have just described the perfect diamond necklaces. There is something alluring about a heavy weight gold necklace placed around the neck, it conjures up thoughts of sweet nothings. Accented with diamonds and it conjures up much more serious things than sweet nothings !

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Black Diamond Necklace in 14K White Gold - Round Cut - Wire 23Dtw - Link Chain
Black Diamond Necklace in 14K White Gold - Round Cut - Wire 23Dtw - Link Chain
Black Diamond Necklace in Silver - 925 Sterling - Prongs 0.07Dtw - Box Chain
Black Diamond Necklace in Silver - 925 Sterling - Prongs 0.07Dtw - Box Chain
Black Diamond Necklace in White Gold - 14K - Round Cut - Wire 14.8Dtw - Link Chain
Black Diamond Necklace in White Gold - 14K - Round Cut - Wire 14.8Dtw - Link Chain
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Black Diamond Necklace in White Gold - 14K - Round Cut - Wire 5.8Dtw - Link Chain
Black Diamond Necklace in White Gold - 14K - Round Cut - Wire 5.8Dtw - Link Chain
Black Diamond Necklace in White Gold - 14K - Round Cut - Wire 9.7Dtw - Link Chain
Black Diamond Necklace in White Gold - 14K - Round Cut - Wire 9.7Dtw - Link Chain
Blue & White Diamond Coticed Cross Necklace In Sterling Silver - 925 - Prongs 0.4Cttw
Blue & White Diamond Coticed Cross Necklace In Sterling Silver - 925 - Prongs 0.4Cttw
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Diamond Angel Necklace in 925 Sterling Silver - Prongs 0.01Dtw - Link Chain
Diamond Angel Necklace in 925 Sterling Silver - Prongs 0.01Dtw - Link Chain
Diamond Bow Pendant Necklace in 925 Sterling Silver - Prongs 0.34Dtw - Box Chain
Diamond Bow Pendant Necklace in 925 Sterling Silver - Prongs 0.34Dtw - Box Chain
Diamond Buckle Chain Necklace in 925 Sterling Silver - Round Cut 0.01Dtw - Cable Chain
Diamond Buckle Chain Necklace in 925 Sterling Silver - Round Cut 0.01Dtw - Cable Chain
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Diamond Butterfly Chain Necklace in 925 Sterling Silver - Prongs 0.05Dtw - Cable Chain
Diamond Butterfly Chain Necklace in 925 Sterling Silver - Prongs 0.05Dtw - Cable Chain
Diamond Butterfly Pendant Necklace in 925 Sterling Silver - Prongs 0.19Dtw - Box Chain
Diamond Butterfly Pendant Necklace in 925 Sterling Silver - Prongs 0.19Dtw - Box Chain
Diamond Butterfly Pendant Necklace in Silver - 925 Sterling - Prongs 0.1Dtw - Box Chain
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The Hope Diamond

Without question the most famous diamond in the world is The Hope Diamond. The current weight of the diamond is 45.52 carats. It is the size of a walnut, pear shaped, and heavy for its size. To the eye, it has a blue color due to trace amounts of boron contained in its crystals. If it is exposed to UV lighting it will glow with a red hue. Now it rests at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C., but its history is long and interesting.

The diamond is over 1.1 billion years old. The first races of it being mined from the ground come to us from India. No one knows who first mined, found, or owned the Hope Diamond. It is believed however, that Jean-Baptiste Tavernier first had the stone and brought it to Paris. At that time it weighted 112.23 carats (115.28 metric carts. The stone was bought by Louis XIV and cut to make “a piece to remember.” A 67.125 carat pendent was made for the King He treasured it, wore it, had it reset, and wore it some more. The diamond was known as French Blue. When Louis XIV died, the diamond belonged to the King’s grandson and his wife, Marie Antoinette. During the early French Revolution, the French Blue was stolen and it is believed made its way to England. In September of 1812 the diamond, or part of it, reappeared. A blue diamond, smaller than the French Blue, but with a lot of its characteristics was believed to have been part of the stolen diamond. Years later, tests determined that these suspicions had been correct. What was to become known as the Hope Diamond had been part of French Blue.

It is believed that for a time King George IV of England owned the Hope Diamond. His record keeping, however, was not good and he often mixed royal and personal property. After the King’s death, somehow the diamond was sold to a London banker by the name of Thomas Hope. He paid between $65,000 and $90,000 for the diamond. His ownership gave the diamond its name. The diamond changed hands several times after his death eventually landing in the hands of the famous jeweler Pierre Cartier. He paid 550,000 francs or $150,000 dollars for it in 1910. Cartier gave the diamond its well-known platinum setting with the row of sixteen old mine cut and pear-shaped diamonds. Cartier sold the necklace in 1911 at a generous profit.

A couple, the McLeans, bought it for between $150,000 and $180,000. Mrs. McLean loved wearing the necklace, but Mr. McLean insisted on many security precautions. Each night the necklace was taken to a safe deposit vault. A separate car was bought by Mr. McLean for guards to use to transport the necklace between the home and the vault. Guards were stationed wherever the necklace was when it wasn’t locked away in the vault. Mrs. McLean insisted on having it in the house during the day. Despite all of these security measures, Mrs. McLean loved to have fun with the necklace. She was known to let her Great Dane, Mike, sport the necklace on some occasions. On others she had a great time hiding the necklace in the mansion during a party and encouraging all of the guests to “Find the Hope,” turning the “missing” diamond into a scavenger hunt.

When Mrs. McLean died, she sold the diamond to the famous diamond merchant, Harry Winston. He exhibited the necklace all over the United States and even had the jewel appear on a game show called, The Name’s the Same. Winston very cautiously had the bottom of the diamond recut to improve its brilliance.

In 1958, George Switzer a mineralogist at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History convinced Harry Winston to donate the diamond to the museum. Winston was not as serious about security as its previous owner. Winston sent it to the museum by regular U.S. registered mail wrapped in brown paper! It was in 2005 that the Smithsonian was able to conduct research to confirm that the Hope Diamond was indeed part of the former French Blue diamond. The Smithsonian reports simply that the gem is priceless, but the Hope diamond is insured at $250 million.

Hoping for a New Necklace?

They may not have been owned by royalty and the diamonds may not be as big as a walnut, but GEMaffair has many spectacular diamond necklaces in a variety of styles. Are you looking for a diamond initial necklace? We have every letter in multiple styles – totaling fifty to choose from. Looking for a conversation starter? Try the diamond pendant in sterling silver black enamel angelfish necklace. The diamond journey pendant in 14 karat white gold 3-stone drop is a wonderful compliment to a V-neck dress. A cross pendant with diamond Sash in 10 karat two tone Gold is a classic choice that is perfect with a sweater or causal blouse. The diamond necklace in sterling silver with chevron center makes a stunning statement with any dress, and the Hugs and Kisses Pendant Diamond XOXO in 14 Karat White Gold is causal enough to wear with jeans. Whatever kind of diamond necklace you are looking for, we’re sure to have it!