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The Science of Stones

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Smithsonian scientists use cutting-edge technology to extract atoms from the surface of the Hope Diamond in hopes of unraveling its unique DNA.

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Embark on an epic journey of Hope. The legend is as massive and multifaceted as the gem itself, spanning one billion years, three continents and leaving a trail of intrigue, envy and death. We uncover the science and secrets of history's most famous jewel by visiting different countries and getting expert opinions from forensic scientists and history scholars. Learn why the Hope Diamond has inspired superstition, passion and interest since its discovery, and witness the unveiling of Hope in its new limited-edition setting, designed by Harry Winston and chosen by the American public.

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