From the diamond mines of India and royal palaces of Europe to the shores of Bar Harbor and finally the halls of the Smithsonian, Dr. Richard Kurin simultaneously traces its journey through history and reveals the truth behind the gem of legends. Dr. Richard Kurin is the Distinguished Scholar and Ambassador-at-Large as well as the former Under Secretary for History, Art, and Culture at the Smithsonian.

Dr. Kurin spent over a decade on the trail of the Hope Diamond. He is the author of the book “Hope Diamond – the Legendary History of a Cursed Gem.”