August 24, 2009

Hope Diamond Smithsonian Channel Vote! (VIDEO)

The legendary Hope Diamond is about to get a new design, and you have chance to help choose it!

50 years ago Harry Winston donated the Hope Diamond to the Smithsonian, and they are celebrating the anniversary by letting the public vote for one of 3 new setting designs for the diamond. voting goes on until early September, and the winning design will be premiered as part of a special show in the Spring of 2010, in which we will see more of the Hope Diamond than has ever been seen before.

The diamond will only have a new setting temporarily, after which it will be returned to its historic original setting. So make sure you take this opportunity to see it in a new way, while you can. Get more info on the TV special here.

Hope Diamond Smithsonian Channel Vote

"The fabulous Hope Diamond, a stone of beauty and ill fortune, is about to pass from a New York gem merchant to the Nation," read the 1958 New York Times article. For as long as it has captured the adoration of the public, the Hope Diamond has also stoked superstition...

Hope Diamond Smithsonian Channel Vote

Posted at August 24, 2009 9:23 AM

o how much will this cost the taxpayer in a timeof economic downturn? Government waste again Leave it alone just ine the way it is.

Posted by: garden47 at August 24, 2009 10:06 AM

sheesh, that lady's laugh at the end ruins the whole video for

Posted by: Anonymous at August 24, 2009 10:07 AM

Leave it alone. New designs do nothing for it. None of them really do it justice. When any one says "The Hope Diamond" I always think of it in its present setting. Changing it would spoil it all.

Posted by: S Coolbroth at August 24, 2009 10:07 AM

If you read the "small print", you will see that they are only changing the setting will be returned to its original setting after a short time in a new setting, so not to worry, they aren't going to change it permanently....

Posted by: Anonymous at August 24, 2009 10:09 AM

Dont waste our money on this give the money to people who need it to live or Eat,

Posted by: Jeff Kline at August 24, 2009 10:09 AM


Posted by: PT at August 24, 2009 10:14 AM

You have got to be kidding !!!!!!! We have people in this country who are starving, unsheltered, sick and the elderly who can not afford there meds. GIVE US ALL A BREAK !!!!

Posted by: Elisa at August 24, 2009 10:14 AM

Ever here the old saying, "If it ain't broke, DON'T FIX IT!" I don't care if they are going to put it back to the original when there done or not.

Posted by: stacy at August 24, 2009 10:15 AM

I agree with another poster : leave it the way it is.

Posted by: Claudia at August 24, 2009 10:15 AM

Please do not waist money on such a frivolity. It's fine the way it is.

Posted by: Kathy at August 24, 2009 10:16 AM

changeing the setting is changing history

Posted by: Anonymous at August 24, 2009 10:17 AM

ok, so if theyo are gooing to put it back in its original setting why bother putting it in a new one for a while. Don't spend money unnessarily.

Posted by: Anonymous at August 24, 2009 10:17 AM

When we have found any other art treasure have we changed the design? I believe we attempt to restore it to its original beauty. This is already an original. Think of Michaelangelo's work and you will understand there is no reason to change anything.

Posted by: Queen Ann at August 24, 2009 10:18 AM

why? this doesn't make sense and seems like a dumb move as far as safety goes. If it has something to do with marketing, it is having adverse affects since it just pisses people off. rethink this move, smithsonian.

Posted by: shainna at August 24, 2009 10:19 AM

This is not the time to be spending money on is beauticful as it is.

Posted by: Barb at August 24, 2009 10:21 AM


Posted by: SUE at August 24, 2009 10:42 AM

Considering the economy and unemployment rates these days- use the money to help actual living people- the Hope Diamond is breathtaking as it is- and definitely does not need a temporary change of setting.

Posted by: Mai Hedge at August 24, 2009 10:48 AM

Considering the economy and unemployment rates these days- use the money to help actual living people- the Hope Diamond is breathtaking as it is- and definitely does not need a temporary change of setting.

Posted by: Mai Hedge at August 24, 2009 10:49 AM

I have an idea, save money by not doing anything to it, and put it on the auction block to the highest bidder, then let the taxpayers of America vote on what to do with the money instead of voting on what new design it should be set in.

Posted by: debra at August 24, 2009 12:34 PM

How can you improve on its beauty? Leave it alone. In this case "change" is not good. There are many, many worthwhile organizations that could use the $$$$ you're throwing away and put it to good use! Stimulate the economy.

Posted by: Vivienne at August 24, 2009 1:06 PM

"If it ain't broke don't fix it." Use the money money it would cost donate it to feediing some of the poor people and give them some hope in the future.

Posted by: Peggy Quap at August 24, 2009 1:07 PM

I cannot believe in these times that one would THINK of wasting money on changing the setting of the Hope Diamond or anything else...there are WAY too many other people that could use that feed or house themselves and their CHILDREN!...just because the government people dont have to worry about their next meal or their healthcare doesn't mean there aren't people that do. DAMN you! This country needs help!

Posted by: Myldy at August 24, 2009 1:26 PM

What is the purpose of changing it and then returning it to it's original beauty? Put the time, energy and money to a better cause. We the People think that who ever thought up this idea should find something better to do with thier time and talent. Perfection can not be improved.

Posted by: Linda at August 24, 2009 1:38 PM

Please read the comments you already have. People are so fed up with the government ( in any form) spending money that IS NOT THEIR's matter what the project. Key phrase here is not the governments money..its the people's money and even monies given to Smithsonian are the peoples...Its the peoples museums!! For heavens sake.Its our money and we are tired of OBAMA and EVERYONE else in DC stealing it and spending it. NO YOU DON'T HAVE OUR PERMISSION TO RE-SET THE DAMN HOPE DIAMOND. WE SAY NO..NO..NO.. STOP ALREADY..PLEASE SHOW THESE COMMENTS TO CONGRESS AND OBAMA.

Posted by: Ann Marler at August 24, 2009 2:08 PM

why not just use the money for other things in the Smithsonian like a new gallery or to keep up with the expense of running the musium?
I'm sure it is not cheap to run a place like that.
Maybe the Museum have too much money and they do not know what to do with it.
If I'm ever ask to donate money to the Smithsonian I will have to decline. Sorry

Posted by: carlos at August 24, 2009 3:09 PM

I agree with the frivolity of changing the setting but the ugliness of the 3 proposed settings confirms the consensus opinion of "leave it alone!"

Posted by: David Kelly at August 24, 2009 5:05 PM

Are you kidding? Are you really serious!!!! It is a big waste!!!! What about spending the money in something that is in really need? Do you think the donor will appreciate the change of what he tough was beautiful?

Only in America, it is a shame.

You will be loosing donations if you keep acting in this wasteful manner.

Posted by: Martha at August 24, 2009 6:52 PM

PLEASE LEAVE THE DIAMOND, THE HISTORY, THE HOPE ALONE. I could use some money for a vacation.

Posted by: shiela at August 24, 2009 6:57 PM

Hey, you should donate it to Rick Ross, he's gonna put it to good use!!! Flip it on the streets or sumn... loll

Posted by: Greg in MTL at August 24, 2009 10:55 PM

Ciao from Italy...Just wanted to add our 2 cents here, from Europe...don't change a simply can't be improved on...even on a temporary basis...please leave it alone.

Posted by: William Dodge at August 25, 2009 1:15 AM

I toally agree with the posting by Ann Marler. America are you ever going wake up ?

Posted by: kozmicblues at August 25, 2009 2:31 AM

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