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Washington: World’s famous ‘Hope Diamond’ from Kollur mine in Golconda began another chapter in its already illustrious history this week as it was put on display at the prestigious Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History here.

The new temporary setting “Embracing Hope” - a setting other than its historic Cartier-designed setting which was designed by Harry Winston Inc and unveiled and put on public display on November 18.

The event marks the 50th anniversary of the Hope Diamond’s donation to the museum in 1958 and the 100th anniversary of the museum. The new exhibit also coincides with the world premiere of the Smithsonian Channel documentary film, Mystery of the Hope Diamond, which makes its debut on November 21.

More than 100,000 people selected the stunning new design in an online vote sponsored by the Smithsonian Channel, the Smithsonian Institute said in a statement.

Master craftsmen at Harry Winston Inc spent 8 months creating the new platinum setting that surrounds the legendary deep-blue diamond with an extraordinary 340 baguette diamonds totaling 60 carats.

It will be on display for a limited time, after which the Hope will be returned to its historic setting.

“We feel privileged to be a part of the Hope Diamond’s historic journey and are happy to have this unique opportunity to do something special with the diamond to commemorate the anniversary of Harry Winston’s gift,” said Jeffrey Post, curator of the National Gem Collection.

Distinguished jeweler Harry Winston donated the Hope Diamond to the museum in 1958.

The gem inspires more than seven million visitors a year with its fascinating scientific story, historical significance and intriguing tales of a curse. It is the most visited and most popular object in the entire Smithsonian’s museum.

“On the past 100 years of the museum’s history, it is undeniable that the arrival of the Hope Diamond is one of the most important historical landmarks,” said Cristian Samper, director of the museum.

“Without it, the National Gem Collection wouldn’t be what it is today, one of the largest and most important gem collections in the world. It is fitting that we celebrate that milestone with another, the unveiling of the Hope Diamond as visitors have never seen it before,” Samper said.

The documentary, Mystery of the Hope Diamond, is narrated by Academy Award Winner Kim Basinger and includes footage of model Hilary Rhoda who wore the necklace for a photo session.

The film follows the famous gemstone from its geological formation to its origins in Kollur mine in Golconda about 350 years ago to its mysterious journey through Europe and its final home at the Smithsonian museum.

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