Harry Winston opened the Harry Winston Diamond Corporation in 1932. After his death in 1978, the company continued, eventually becoming the Dominion Diamond Corporation, though the jewelry house itself is still known as Harry Winston. Diamonds are the centerpiece of Harry Winston jewelry, though their pieces use other gemstones, as well. Winston designs are highly sculptural and often considered fine art pieces. In addition to their custom designs, Harry Winston buys and sells famous estate and vintage gemstone jewelry.
The most famous piece ever bought by Harry Winston is the Hope Diamond, which was purchased in 1949 from the estate of Evalyn Walsh McLean, who had purchased it from Cartier. Winston owned the Hope Diamond for ten years before giving it to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, where it is still displayed.