Henry Philip Hope – Mystery of the Hope Diamond

Hi all,

I was researching a bit more on the Hope line from Scotland and uncovered some interesting facts and circumstances surrounding the Hope Diamond and Henry Philip Hope who came into possession of the diamond in the 1800’s after it’s disappearance from King Louis the XVI during the French Revolution. There is a fascinating Smithsonian documentary, Mystery of the Hope Diamond which unravels the diamonds origins, travels and alleged curse…

Mystery of the Hope Diamond (Smithsonian Channel Documentary)

Hope Diamond


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Henry Philip Hope (Hope Diamond) Smithsonian

Henry Philip Hope (1774-1839) brother of Thomas Hope, was a wealthy British banker with an affinity for fine art and precious gems. An 1839 catalogue of his gem collection mentions a large blue diamond weighing 45.5 carats. The diamond would take his name, becoming known as “Hope’s Diamond” or the “Hope Diamond.”

Mystery of the Hope Diamond (Smithsonian Channel Documentary)

Thanks for taking a look…


Check out more on the Hope’s Ancestry on the main page

“Yet my Hope is unbroken”



Hope’s of Craighall Scotland- family Ancestry

Here is a link I came across to Craighall. It has a very interesting account of the history of the Hopes and thought you might like to take a look if you haven’t seen it already.

All the very best,

Mike Hope.


To see more about the Hope Ancestry and History of the Hope’s of Scotland check the updated main page:

The Hope’s of Scotland – Origin


Mike Hope

Hope Clan Crest


Sir Thomas Hope of Craighall, Bart.

Just updated the Hope’s page to include a link to Sir Thomas Hope’s Diary from 1633 to 1646. 

Just in case you’d like a little light reading?

Sir Thomas Hope Diary

Also, I am reading the Historic novel Hope Endures by Nigel Trantor which paints a pretty good picture of the life and times of Sir Thomas Hope and the historical figures around that time. I found it especially interesting reading about the Dutch East India Company connection and the various trading negotiations going on around that time.

Hope Endures

The enthralling story of Thomas Hope, who counseled three kings through a tumultuous time in Scottish history. The son of an Edinburgh merchant, Hope had a spectacular beginning to his career—at the age of seventeen, he traveled to France to triumph in his first court case and caught the attention of his young king, James VI. It was the beginning of a life at the heart o …more