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Voters choose 'Embracing the Hope' setting for famed diamond

September 23, 2009 | 11:00 am

Last month we mentioned that, as a PR stunt for a Smithsonian Channel documentary, you had a chance to vote on which of three Harry Winston settings the famous Hope Diamond should temporarily reside. And,

Embracing Hope lo-res

based on the number of comments All The Rage received (and we weren't even the ones tallying the votes), folks had some pretty strong opinions on the topic -- though most of you said you would prefer it remain in its traditional setting (to which it will return by the end of next year).

More than 100,000 votes were apparently cast over the last month, and the winner, called "Embracing the Hope," pictured, was revealed today at the Smithsonian’s National History Museum in Washington, D.C.

The 45.52-carat blue diamond will be on display -- with no setting -- in the Smithsonian Museum’s Winston Gallery in the Hall of Geology, Gems and Minerals until April 2010, after which it will be displayed in its new setting. That's also when the Smithsonian Channel’s “Mystery of the Hope Diamond” documentary is set to premiere.

-- Adam Tschorn

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Photo: With more than 100,000 votes cast over the last month, the people have spoken, and the temporary setting for the Hope Diamond, created by the jewelry house of Harry Winston, will be this one, called "Embracing the Hope." Credit: Smithsonian Institution.