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Hope Diamond

Mystery & Conspiracy
Written by: iMinds
Narrated by: Ellouise Rothwell
Length: 7 mins
Categories: History, World

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Learn about the mysterious Hope Diamond with iMinds insightful audio knowledge series. The 45.52-carat Hope Diamond is the largest deep-blue diamond in the world. In its body of less than one cubic inch, it holds a history dripping with mystery, conspiracy, and celebrity. It is now housed behind three inches of bulletproof glass in the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and looks out at a world fixated with its beauty and history.

Originally 115 carats, the Hope Diamond was discovered in India by the French merchant-traveler Jean Tavernier in the 1660s. Born in 1605, Tavernier was apprenticed to a jeweler at a young age. Later in life, between 1631 and 1638, he made six trips to India to obtain and trade diamonds. He was reputed to have discovered the Hope Diamond in the forehead of a statue of the Hindu goddess Sita in a temple. His alleged theft of the diamond spawned the famed story of the "curse".

Perfect to listen to while commuting, exercising, shopping or cleaning the house.. iMinds brings knowledge to your MP3 with 8 minute information segments to whet your mental appetite and broaden your mind.

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  • 04-09-15

A Sparkling Story

If you could sum up Hope Diamond in three words, what would they be?

A Jewellers Nightmare

What was one of the most memorable moments of Hope Diamond?

The sale to its first private owner

What about Ellouise Rothwell’s performance did you like?

Clearly Narrated though the background music was a little distracting

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

As a short story version of a well know tale it was all very interesting

Any additional comments?

This Short story is a very good introduction to a well known mystery.