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Hooker Diamonds

Diamonds are not always colorless. In most diamonds, a few atoms of nitrogen substituted for some of the carbon as the crystals formed, tint the diamonds yellow or brown. In general the more yellow a diamond, the less it is worth, until the hue is sufficiently intense for the gem to be graded a fancy color. This suite of jewelry was designed by Cartier, Inc. in the late 1980s. The necklace has 50 starburst-cut fancy yellow diamonds set in yellow gold that range in size from 1.0-20 carats and total approximately 245 carats. The matching ear clips each feature a 25.3 carat yellow diamond surrounded by baguette and pear shaped colorless diamonds. The ring showcases a 61.12 carat fancy yellow diamond flanked by triangular cut colorless diamonds. This suite of fancy colored diamond jewelry was a gift of Mrs. Janet Annenberg Hooker to the Smithsonian in 1994.

Image Number: 95-40264
Catalog Number: G10051, G10052, G10053
Weight: 357 total carats
Gift of Mrs. Janet Annenberg Hooker , 1994


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