This is really cool:

The Times – Star exhibit in Smithsonian is long-lost gem looted from Louis XVI

The discovery of a lump of lead in Paris has enabled experts to prove that the Hope Diamond, a star exhibit of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, is the long-lost centrepiece of the crown jewels of prerevolutionary France.

The French shan’t be turning Greek on us:

Mr Farge does not expect France to ask for its stone back: Napoleon Bonaparte declared crimes of the revolutionary period exempt from prosecution in 1804.