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The world's most famous diamond, the Hope Diamond, will undergo a redesign to honor the 50th anniversary of its donation to the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History.

The Smithsonian Institution and Smithsonian Channel will celebrate the diamond's legacy by inviting the American public to vote on a new design for the stunning 45.52-carat blue diamond.

The House of Harry Winston, the company that donated the diamond to the museum, has designed three possible settings, each symbolizing modern hope in America.

The Hope Diamond will be put on display in its new setting at the National Museum of Natural History, and televised nationally as part of the world premiere of the Smithsonian Channel's "Mystery of the Hope Diamond" in March.

The Hope is the largest deep blue diamond in the world and has many special properties that have puzzled experts since its discovery. Its extraordinary history gave birth to the alleged curse: that all who owned or touched it met great tragedy.

The voting will take place online until Sept. 7 at www.smithsonianchannel.com/site/smithsonian/hope.html.