At New York Loan Company, one of the top luxury collateral lenders in the country, unique and interesting diamonds are seen every day. While the loan officer’s at New York Loan will probably never see the Hope Diamond, it’s an important and famous stone that many diamonds are measured against. Here are 5 facts about the Hope Diamond you may not know about:
- The color grade of the diamond itself is actually a fancy dark greyish blue, its cut is a cushion antique brilliant cut, and it weighs 45.52 carats. This was all determined by the Gemological Institute of America in 1988.
- The diamond is phosphorescent. The Hope Diamond is a type IIb diamond, which means the famous stone usually looks blue. These type of diamonds typically have a red phosphoresce for a minute or two after the light around it is extinguished. This is a good way to determine if a type IIb diamond is fake or not.
- Marie Antoinette’s beheading is thought to be a curse of the Hope Diamond. In the late 1700’s the diamond was known as the “French Blue” and was stolen with many other items of the French Crown Jewels. Many blame the eventual deaths of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI on the mysterious diamond.
- The beautiful fancy blue diamond is now called the Hope Diamond due to Henry Phillip Hope, who then left the stone to his nephew Henry Thomas Hope. Henry Thomas Hope often displayed the stunning stone at world exhibitions.
- Both Cartier and Harry Winston owned the Hope diamond for some time. Pierre Cartier owned the diamond in the early 1900’s, and Harry Winston was the last official owner who donated to the Smithsonian Museum in 1958.
While you may not have the Hope Diamond in your pocket, New York Loan Company is happy to offer collateral based pawn loans or purchase your luxury diamonds. They are ready to answer any question you may have and can be reached at 212-997-5626 or at firstname.lastname@example.org