Vote on the best setting for Hope -- the Hope Diamond that is
You will never own it or touch it and there's a chance you may never even be in the same room with it, but until early September you can have a say in what happens to the 45.52-carat blue diamond -- famously known as the Hope Diamond.
Purchased by jeweler Harry Winston from the estate of Evalyn Walsh McLean, the diamond is being reset to mark the 50th anniversary of its donation to the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History by jeweler Harry Winston (who, according to lore, literally "mailed it in" at the time -- via the U.S. Postal Service).
The House of Harry Winston has created three possible new settings, and, in conjunction with the Smithsonian Channel, is asking the American people to cast their vote for their favorite here.
The voting runs through Sept. 7, and the result will be announced sometime this fall. The newly set diamond will be revealed in conjunction with the world premiere of the Smithsonian Channel's documentary "Mystery of the Hope Diamond" in March 2010.
But if your design doesn't win, don't despair since this Hope is fleeting too -- by the time 2010 ends, the diamond will be back in its original setting (at right).
-- Adam Tschorn
Photos: At top, the three proposed temporary settings for the Hope Diamond and, at bottom, as it looks today. Credit: Smithsonian Institution