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The U.S. National Museum (later the National Musem of Natural History) as it appeared in 1917
1958
The Hope Diamond was donated to the National Gem Collection by Harry Winston, Inc. where it was put on display in a new exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History
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The Louvre Museum in Paris
1962
The Hope Diamond was exhibited at the Louvre Museum in Paris, France
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Hope Diamond mounted in a spiderweb in a rose bush for the Rand Easter Show in South Africa in 1965
1965
The Hope Diamond traveled to Johannesburg, South Africa for the Rand Easter Show
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1962
A visit to France

With the encouragement of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, the Hope Diamond was loaned for a month to the Louvre Museum for the exhibition “Ten Centuries of French Jewels.” It was displayed with two famous diamonds, the Regent (a 140.50-carat brilliant cushion cut diamond) and the Sancy (a pale yellow 55.23-carat pear-shaped diamond). Also on display was the Côte de Bretagne, a red spinel carved in the shape of a dragon that, along with the French Blue Diamond, had been part of Louis XV's elaborate emblem of the Order of the Golden Fleece. This exhibition marked the reunion of these two gems after 170 years. In return, the Louvre’s masterpiece, Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, was loaned to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. from January 8 to February 3, 1963.

Timeline adapted from Post and Farges 2014 and sources therein. Updated 23 October 2017.

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