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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Hazen Diamond Necklace

Photograph of the Hazen diamond necklace (NMNH G8045)
Photo by Chip Clark. Click to zoom.
Catalog Number NMNH G8045-00
Weight 131.43 ct

Gift of Mrs. Lita A. Hazen in 1979.This object was designed by Harry Winston, Inc.

The Hazen Diamond Necklace was designed by Harry Winston, Inc. This statement necklace is made of platinum and contains 325 diamonds that have a total weight of approximately 131.43 carats. The necklace has two sections: the upper section is a single row of emerald cut diamonds, and the lower section consists of 3-rows - a row of baguette cut diamonds and a row of round brilliant cut diamonds from which a “fringe” of pear-shaped diamonds are suspended. The necklace is versatile and can be worn as a classic single-row diamond necklace or an elaborate 4-row dramatic necklace. A major factor leading to diamond’s popularity as a gem was the development of cutting styles that best display the diamond’s brilliance and fire. The Hazen Diamond Necklace is a wonderful example of this as it incorporates several different cutting styles, including the pear, baguette, round brilliant, and emerald cuts. This Winston designed necklace is a magnificent display of fine craftsmanship and extremely well-matched diamonds of the highest quality. Mrs. Lita Annenberg Hazen donated the necklace to the Smithsonian in 1979, and it is on display in the Gem Gallery at the National Museum of Natural History.



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