Winston, Harry

(1978-1896)
   Born the son of a New York jeweler, Harry Winston began collecting and selling stones at a young age. He opened his own company at age nineteen, buying estate-sale jewelry, resetting them in modern settings and then selling them to wealthy clients. Probably his most famous purchase was the Hope Diamond, a 45.52 carat dark-blue diamond dating from 1642, which was smuggled out of India and later sold to King Louis XIV in 1668. Winston gained possession of the Hope in 1949 and donated it to the Smithsonian Institute in 1958. He also took possession of the Lesotho Diamond (originally 601 carats and discovered in 1967) which was eventually cleaved into eighteen pieces, one of which he sold to Aristotle Onassis as his 40-carat diamond engagement ring for Jackie Kennedy. Other famous diamonds that Winston bought and sold are The Jonker (726 carats), the Star of Independence (204 carats), the Deal Sweetner (181 carats), The Lal Qila (72.76 carats), The Taylor-Burton (69.42 carats), and the Mabel Boll (46.57 carats). Known as the jeweler to the stars and the King of Diamonds, Winston has provided Hollywood stars with more then $200 million of precious gems to be worn at the Oscar Awards.

Historical Dictionary of the Fashion Industry. .

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Harry Winston — Harry Winston …   Википедия

  • Harry Beckett — (2006) Harold Winston „Harry“ Beckett (* 30. Mai 1935 in St. Michael Parish, Bridgetown, Barbados; † 22. Juli 2010 in London) war ein britischer Trompeter und Flügelhornist …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Harry Winston (homonymie) — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Harry Winston peut faire référence à : Harry Winston, célèbre joaillier américain né en 1896, mort en 1978 Harry Winston Inc., entreprise de… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill — Winston Churchill Amtszeiten: 1. 10. Mai 1940 – 27. Juli 1945 2. 26. Oktober 1951 – 7. April 1955 Vorgänger: 1. Arthur Neville Chamberlain 2 …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Winston S. Churchill — Winston Churchill Amtszeiten: 1. 10. Mai 1940 – 27. Juli 1945 2. 26. Oktober 1951 – 7. April 1955 Vorgänger: 1. Arthur Neville Chamberlain 2 …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Harry S Truman — Harry S. Truman (1945) Harry S. Truman (eigentlich Harry S Truman) (* 8. Mai 1884 in Lamar, Missouri; † 26. Dezember 1972 in Kansas City, Missouri) war ein US amerikanischer Politiker der Demokratischen Partei …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Harry Spencer Truman — Harry S. Truman (1945) Harry S. Truman (eigentlich Harry S Truman) (* 8. Mai 1884 in Lamar, Missouri; † 26. Dezember 1972 in Kansas City, Missouri) war ein US amerikanischer Politiker der Demokratischen Partei …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Harry Truman — Harry S. Truman (1945) Harry S. Truman (eigentlich Harry S Truman) (* 8. Mai 1884 in Lamar, Missouri; † 26. Dezember 1972 in Kansas City, Missouri) war ein US amerikanischer Politiker der Demokratischen Partei …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Winston Churchill — Amtszeiten: 1. 10. Mai 1940 – 27. Juli 1945 2. 26. Oktober 1951 – 7. April 1955 Vorgänger: 1. Arthur Neville Chamberlain …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Harry S. Truman — hacia 1945 …   Wikipedia Español

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.