On this day 11 October, the Hope Diamond, one of the world’s most spectacular gems was stolen. The massive blue gem is now displayed at the Smithsonian Institute. It was originally unearthed in the Golconda mines by the Kistna River in South West India but was stolen. It made its European debut in 1642 when it was bought by a French merchant who sold it to King Louis XIV. The diamond remained with the French Royal Family until it was stolen (again) in 1792 during the French Revolution. When the diamond was missing it was recut to a smaller gem. In 1939 the diamond was acquired by Henry Thomas Hope …. And the diamond now bears his name. Our wrap features blue “diamonds” and a lovely silver tailored bow. Perfect for a gift requiring a bit of razzle dazzle.