For nearly a century, the epicenter of excitement and glamour has been home to Harry Winston’s
corporate and design headquarters. It is a uniquely American luxury brand born of the unyielding spirit of
Inspired by the endless energy of New York, Harry Winston opened his doors in 1932, and began a process
of transformation. Winston transformed diamonds into art and revolutionized modern jewelry design.
With enduring optimism, new generations of Winston designers and craftsmen collaborate to create
infinitely beautiful jewels of unsurpassed style.
From the legacy of the Hope Diamond to the sparkle of the red carpet, Harry Winston diamonds have
become an icon of international glamour.
The Hope Diamond was among Mr. Winston’s greatest gemstones. Discovered in India’s Kollur Mine in the
mid-1600s, the fabled 45.52-carat blue diamond had a long list of distinguished owners, including Louis
XIV and Marie Antoinette, before it was purchased by Mr. Winston in 1949 from the estate of American
socialite Evalyn Walsh McLean.
As part of Harry Winston’s historic Court of Jewels exhibition, the storied stone traveled to major
American cities from 1949-1953 to help educate the public about precious gems, while raising money for
leading charitable causes. In 1958, Mr. Winston donated the Hope Diamond to the Smithsonian
Institution in Washington, D.C. as a gift to the world.
Helping to found the National Gem Collection, this historic donation transformed a former crown jewel
into a beloved public treasure that today receives more than 7 million annual visitors.