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TITLE: The Hope Diamond

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The Hope Diamond has existed for more than a billion years. Since it formed deep within the Earth...

...the Atlantic Ocean has opened, closed, and opened again.

...the dinosaurs have come and gone.

...humans evolved and spread across the face of the Earth.

Over the past three centuries, a rich human history full of mystery and intrigue has made it one of the world's most famous gemstones.

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