THE HOPE DIAMOND

The Hope Diamond is a 45-carat blue diamond about the size of a walnut.

Blue diamonds are extremely rare. Only about 1 in 100,000 diamonds are brightly colored and blue is one of the rarest colors. 

 

Since 1958, the Hope Diamond has been on display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC.

It has been insured for a value of $250,000,000.

The huge diamond on display at the Smithsonian, surrounded by armed guards and a very elaborate security system, is actually a replica. It is a blue piece of glass that has a street value of seventy-five cents.

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