1958 - Hope Diamond Is Donated to the Smithsonian

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Hope Diamond Is Donated to the Smithsonian (1958): The large, exquisite, blue diamond known as the Hope Diamond has had a long history. The diamond's history may include having been owned by King Louis XIV, stolen during the French Revolution, sold to earn money for gambling, and worn to raise money for charity. On November 10, 1958, the latest owner of the huge diamond, Harry Winston (a New York jeweler) donated the diamond to the Smithsonian Institute to be displayed as part of the National Gem and Mineral Collection in the National Museum of Natural History.

See full article: Curse of the Hope Diamond
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