The Hope Diamond, also known as Le Bijou du Roi, Le bleu de France and the Tavernier Blue, is a deep blue 45.52 Carat diamond and is supposedly the most famous diamond in the world. Famous but also notorious. The myth goes that whoever owns the diamond is cursed. The history of this diamond began when the French businessman Jean-Baptiste Tavernier bought the rough stone. The stone was most likely mined in the Kollur mine in Golconda, India. Later Tavernier sold the diamond to King Louis XIV of France in 1668. The King had the diamond cut to its present form and wore the diamond as a pendant on a gold necklace at ceremonial occasions. After Louis XIV, the diamond's owner changed several times, and went from France to Britain to eventually end up in the United States, where currently the diamond is part of the National Gem and Mineral Collection of the National Natural History Museum in Washington, D.C.
Blue diamonds are by far the rarest of all coloured diamonds. Calibers as the Hope Diamond are simply priceless, but fortunately sapphires are the perfect alternative. Sapphires are beautiful accompanied by diamonds and this is still the most popular combination. The blue colour gives the diamond that extra sparkle, and vice versa. At BAUNAT you can find jewels that perfectly combine diamonds and sapphires.