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Evalyn Walsh McLean wearing the Hope Diamond as a pendant on a diamond necklace.
1912
Pierre Cartier sold the Hope Diamond to Ned and Evalyn Walsh McLean for $180,000. Before he made the sale, he commissioned a contemporary setting to make it more appealing to the McLeans.
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Evalyn Walsh McLean’s jewelry: 74 pieces purchased by Harry Winston, Inc. The Hope diamond necklace is upper left and the Star of the East Diamond necklace is upper right.
1947-1949
Evalyn Walsh McLean passed away in 1947 at the age of 60. Two years later, the Hope Diamond and the rest of her jewelry collection were purchased by Harry Winston, Inc.
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Portrait of Harry Winston
1949-1958
Harry Winston purchased the Hope Diamond from Evalyn Walsh McLean’s estate in 1949, exhibited the Hope Diamond worldwide in his Court of Jewels exhibit, and then donated the Hope Diamond to the Smithsonian Institution in 1958.
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1947-1949
Evalyn Walsh McLean passes away

Evalyn Walsh McLean died from pneumonia on April 26, 1947. She dictated in her will that all of her jewelry be held in trust until her youngest grandchild turned twenty-five, at which point her jewels were to be divided equally by all of her grandchildren. Two years after her death, however, the court ordered the sale of her jewelry collection to pay off debts and claims against her estate (Patch 1999). The Hope Diamond, the Star of the East Diamond, and the rest of her jewelry collection were purchased by jeweler Harry Winston of New York.

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The Hope Diamond in its modern setting. The setting was designed by Cartier prior to the sale of the Hope to Evalyn Walsh McLean in 1912.
Evalyn Walsh McLean’s jewelry: 74 pieces purchased by Harry Winston, Inc. The Hope diamond necklace is upper left and the Star of the East Diamond necklace is upper right.
Evalyn Walsh McLean, holding her grandchild, Mamie Spears Reynolds, wearing the Hope Diamond, suspended from which are two other large diamonds, the 94.8 carat Star of the East and the 31.26 carat McLean Diamond.
Timeline adapted from Post and Farges 2014 and sources therein. Updated 23 October 2017.

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