Famous Pieces of Jewelry

June 19, 2015
Stewart Kuper

The Hope Diamond
Weighing in at an unbelievable 45 carats, this blue diamond is one of the most famous diamonds in history. Its origin is obscured, but most speculate that it was born from India in the seventeenth century. The stone then made its way to opulent France where King Louis XIV took possession of the precious gem. In Louis XIV’s possession the crown jewel was known as the French Blue until it was later recut into the Hope Diamond. It then made its way to the United Kingdom, and then finally to the United States. It now sits comfortably and vaunts its beauty in the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

Audrey Hepburn Looks Hot in the Tiffany Yellow Diamond
Most scholars and gemologists agree that the Tiffany diamond is the largest yellow diamond ever discovered. It was found in 1878 and purchased by mega jeweler Charles Tiffany. It was studied for a year before being cut into what is known as the “stellar brilliant cut.” It has been worn twice, most famously by Audrey Hepburn in 1961 in a publicity stunt for her movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s. It was then placed on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

The Titanic and the Heart of the Ocean
Thanks to Leo and James Cameron, the Heart of the Ocean is now one of the world’s most well-known precious gem. In truth, the Heart of the Ocean was broken up into two separate necklaces. The first, a 171 carat sapphire necklace surround by 103 diamonds set in platinum. It was adorned by Celine Dion for the 1998 Academy Awards which was dominated by The Titanic. The second was broken up into a 15-carat blue diamond necklace weighing in at $ 20 million and adorned by Gloria Stuart the actress who played rose in the Titanic.