History & Timeline:
The Story Begin with the Hope Diamand, it weighs 45,52 carats and it’s the world largest deep bleu diamond to Date.
The Hope Diamond was Carrying by many Historical Figures including Marie Antoinette, Louis VI, American heiress Evalyn Walsh Mclean.
Its Last private owner, jeweler Harry Winston (March 1, 1896 Ukraine,– December 8, 1978 New York,).
He donated the Hope Diamond to the Smithsonian Institution in 1958.
Here is the Mysterious Legacy of Harry Winston.
: Foundation of Harry Winston Inc by the American Ukrainian jewler
: Harry Winston purchases his first important diamond – the Jonker, a 726-carat uncut rough diamond – making headlines across the globe.
: Mr. Winston examines and purchases the exceptional piece of rough, named the Vargas, before it is officially offered to any other jeweler.
: Harry Winston and his designers pioneer the innovative technique of clustering, in which the individual diamonds, not the metal settings, would dictate the jewelry design, therefore maximizing the brilliance of each gemstone.
: Harry Winston becomes the "Jeweler to the Stars," as the first to lend diamonds to an actress for the Academy Awards, dressing the evening's Best Actress winner, Jennifer Jones.
: Harry Winston meets the Duke and Duchess of Windsor for the first time. The Duchess sends Mr. Winston a letter stating, "My friends tell me you have such wonderful things..." The Duke and Duchess will go on to purchase several pieces of Harry Winston including the famed McLean Diamond.
: Harry Winston acquires the complete jewelry collection of American socialite Mrs. Evalyn Walsh McLean, including blue diamond, once owned by Louis XIV, Marie Antoinette, and Lord Henry Hope.
: Inspired by the symmetry and beauty of one of nature's most majestic blooms, Harry Winston and his designers first introduce the Sunflower motif.
: Life Magazine reports that Harry Winston owns the world's second largest collection of historic jewels. The largest collection is owned by the British royal family.
: Gentleman Prefer Blondes is released. The film’s hit song Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend, includes the famous line, “Talk to me Harry Winston! Tell me all about it!”
: Harry Winston opens his first international salon in Geneva, Switzerland. A salon in Paris, France follows in 1957.
: Harry Winston donates the Hope Diamond to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., as a gift to the world. The donation helps to establish the museum's National Gem Collection.
: Harry Winston moves his salon to 718 Fifth Avenue, marking one of the largest moves in jewelry history. The location will remain the permanent home to Harry Winston’s Flagship Salon, Design Studio, and Archives.
: Harry Winston purchases a 241-carat piece of rough, The remarkable stone is eventually purchased by actor Richard Burton for his wife, actress Elizabeth Taylor, and renamed the Taylor-Burton Diamond.
: Harry Winston broadcasts, on live television, the cleaving of his latest rough diamond purchase, the 601-carat Lesotho. The Lesotho will eventually produce eighteen magnificent gems, including a 71.73-carat emerald-cut, and a 40.42-carat marquise-cut diamond, purchased by Aristotle Onassis as an engagement ring for Jacqueline Kennedy.
: Harry Winston cuts a 75.52-carat D-flawless pear-shaped diamond from a 204-carat piece of rough. The exquisite stone is named the Star of Independence in celebration of the American Bicentennial.
: Mr. Winston dies in New York City at the age of 82.
: Harry Winston opens its first salon in Japan, in Tokyo.
: Harry Winston introduces its first collection of timepieces, entering the world of fine watchmaking.
: The Harry Winston Gallery opens at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., housing the famed Hope Diamond.
: Harry Winston introduces the groundbreaking Opus Series, creating a new limited edition timepiece annually in partnership with renowned horologists.
: Harry Winston introduces the world's first timepiece crafted in Zalium – an innovative, zirconium-based alloy.
: Harry Winston opens a Timepiece Manufacture in Geneva, Switzerland, the watchmaking capital of the world.
: Harry Winston debuts the New York Collection, inspired by the glamour of Manhattan.
The House debuts Histoire de Tourbillon, an exclusive collection of timepieces dedicated to the complex craftsmanship of one of fine watchmaking’s most celebrated complications.
: Harry Winston launches the Lily Cluster Collection, a contemporary interpretation of the iconic Winston Cluster motif, inspired by the refined shape of lilies in bloom.
: Harry Winston introduces Ultimate Adornments, an exceptional high jewelry collection hand-crafted in diamonds and platinum. The intricate collection represents a journey through heritage, traditions,
: Harry Winston debuts Water by Harry Winston, a collection of jewels exploring the extraordinary wonders of the world’s most precious elements – rare gemstones and water.
: Harry Winston, Inc. acquires the 101.73-carat Winston Legacy diamond. The flawless, colorless pear-shaped stunner is described by Christie’s auction house as “the most perfect diamond ever offered for sale at auction.”
: May 15, 2014, Geneva, Switzerland – Harry Winston Inc. announces the acquisition of a rare 13.22-carat, flawless, fancy-vivid blue diamond, which will be called the ‘Winston Blue.’ Purchased at the Christie’s auction, the magnificent pear-shaped stone has been described as the largest of kind.
Source : HarryWinston.com