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Edwin W. Streeter, who, partly by virtue of his authorship of The Great Diamonds of the World, is entitled to the distinction of the expert on this phase of precious stones, in his book Precious Stones and Gems, in a chapter entitled f Coloured
Diamonds," traces a complete history of the " Hope " blue diamond.
This author is inclined to identify this stone as a part of a blue
diamond, bought in 1642 by Tavernier, the famous traveller and gem
buyer, supposed to have been found in the old Indian mines, probably
those of Gani-Color. It weighed in the rough 112-1/4 carats; and in
1668 it was sold to Louis XIV. The present name of this diamond is
derived from that of Mr. Henry Thomas Hope, a London banker, who bought
it in 1830 for the equivalent in currency of the United States of about
the notable coloured diamonds is the " Dresden green diamond," a fine
flawless stone, of a bright apple-green colour. It is in the famous "
Green Vaults" of Dresden, and has belonged to the Saxon crown since
1753. Augustus the Strong paid $60,000 for it. Forty carats is its
Another famous forty-carat stone is the " Polar Star," a pure and brilliant diamond, the