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World's Most Famous Gemstones

Bernie Gaboury, geologist and host of Travel Channel's Gem Hunt, shares the stories behind some of the world's most famous (and infamous!) gemstones.

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Hope Diamond on display at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History
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Photography by Dennis Brack/Bloomberg News

The Hope Diamond

Most of the Hope Diamond’s owners have suffered misfortune, and it changed hands often in settlement of debts. This led to the legend of the Hope Diamond Curse. In 1958, diamond merchant Harry Winston was persuaded to donate it to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, where it’s now on display. I have had the pleasure of viewing this marvellous gem there.

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