So beautiful and rare, diamonds hold a mystical allure that makes them perfect fodder for legends and stories, both real, and of the Hollywood variety. Both The Pink Panther (which was a diamond, not an inspector) and Titanic used such a precious jewel to propel the plot because diamonds are fascinating, which is why people in Fort Lauderdale continue to buy and wear diamond jewelry.
Some diamonds—though not many, fewer than 50—are so famous they have names. You might have heard of the Hope Diamond, a 45-carat dazzler that’s probably the most famous of them all and was actually the inspiration for Titanic’s Heart of the Ocean. Thought to be stolen from a Hindu idol, the Hope is also called the “The Killing Stone” because the tragic fates that befell its owners before it was safely retired to the Smithsonian Institute in 1958.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s featured a South African yellow diamond that was originally 287 carats, but cut down to 128.54 carats. It’s said it was only worn twice, once when Audrey Hepburn was promoting the film. It now resides at the Smithsonian with the Hope.
The Taylor-Burton diamond was a 69-carat gift that Richard Burton bought for Elizabeth Taylor; it’s now privately owned. At slight less, 55 carats, the Sancy Diamond was part of the dowry of Valentina, the bride of Duke D’Orelans, and was originally 100 carats when it was first recorded in 1389. It’s said to have been owned by both Elizabeth I and Marie Antonette!
The diamonds we sell at National Pawn and Jewelry in Fort Lauderdale. probably don’t have any history that rivals these, but they can certainly become part of your own story.