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Hooker Yellow Diamond Necklace

The Hooker Yellow Diamond Necklace is part of a suite of 18K yellow gold jewelry designed by Cartier. It has 50 starburst-cut fancy yellow diamonds weighing between one and twenty carats each, for a total weight of 244.10 carats. It was gifted along with matching earrings and ring to the Smithsonian in 1994 by Mrs. Janet A. Hooker.

One person had asked if these gems are replicas. They aren’t – they’re the real thing, part of the museum’s priceless gem collection. Some people may remember a gem exhibit I photographed at the Hillwood Estate, jewels previously owned by heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post. She had donated many of her pieces to the Smithsonian, and this is where they’re normally displayed. Also, every display in the Gem Gallery is behind very heavy glass.

Hazan diamond necklace, posted earlier:

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victorswan19-Nov-2017 16:12
you know how to visualize them fantastically Helen lovely work BV
Julie Oldfield15-Nov-2017 03:13
Superbly photographed. Fantastic bokeh. V
Gill Kopy13-Nov-2017 02:03
What a beautiful necklace - seems rather sad that it will probably never be worn - but in good hands in the Smithsonian ! V
Graeme12-Nov-2017 22:13
A great shot of this beautiful necklace.V
danad12-Nov-2017 17:09
A superb presentation of this beautiful jewel. V.
Nick Paoni12-Nov-2017 14:30
An amazing piece.
Paolo Peggi (aka Bracciodiferro)12-Nov-2017 14:28
Well captured,Helen. Nice detail.V
Jim Coffman12-Nov-2017 13:36
This is really gorgeous, Helen!