The Hope Diamond reached the United States in 1912,
when it was bought by Evelyn Walsh McLean, a wealthy American. Her
subsequent family life was filled with sad events. Her son died in an
automobile accident. Her husband went insane. Her daughter died of an
overdose of pills. After Mrs. McLean’s death in 1947, a jeweler named
Harry Winston purchased her jewels, including the Hope Diamond. Winston
gave the gem to the Smithsonian Institution in 1958. This end of private
ownership seems to have ended the curse of the Hope Diamond.
The Hope Diamond is on display at the National
Natural History Museum, a part of the Smithsonian Institution, in
Washington, D.C. If you ever go to this museum, you will be able to tell
where the Hope Diamond is because of the large crowds of tourists
McLean wearing the Hope Diamond
The Hope Diamond with its diamond-studded necklace.