November 10, 1958

The Hope Diamond is presented to the Smithsonian by Harry Winston, a New York gem merchant. The stone was acquired by Winston in 1949 from the estate of Mrs. Evalyn Walsh McLean, who received it from her husband, Edward B. McLean, in 1911. The diamond’s known history dates to 1830 when David Eliason, a noted… Continue reading November 10, 1958


July 31, 1958

The newly modernized Hall of Gems and Minerals in the Natural History Building is dedicated by Secretary Leonard Carmichael. Mrs. William F. Foshag, wife of the late curator of geology, cuts the ribbon. One of the highlights of the hall is the Hope Diamond, spotlighted against a dark-red velvet in “a centrally located, specifically designed… Continue reading July 31, 1958