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New setting chosen for Hope Diamond

Linda Miller Modified: May 15, 2013 at 5:22 pm •  Published: September 23, 2009
"Embracing Hope" is the new setting for the Hope Diamond.
"Embracing Hope" is the new setting for the Hope Diamond.

A new set of  jewels will soon surround the Hope Diamond.

To mark the 50th anniversary of the world’s most famous diamond being donated to the Smithsonian Institution, the Smithsonian Channel invited Americans to vote on a new commemorative setting for the Hope Diamond. Three designs were created by Harry Winston Jewelers. More than 100,000 total votes were cast on  Smithsonianchannel.com.

The winning design is called “Embracing Hope.”  The diamond will be on display for the first time out of a setting in the Smithsonian Museum’s Winston Gallery until April when the new setting is unveiled.

The unveiling of the 45.52-carat blue diamond in its new temporary setting next spring will coincide with the premiere of Smithsonian Channel’s “Mystery of the Hope Diamond” documentary,  which tells the story of the diamond, from its birth to its mysterious journey through Europe and to its final home at the Smithsonian.