Don’t forget to carry your glares as you are going to witness a spectacular eye blinding sight with the world’s biggest and the rarest white and colored diamonds
lined up at the Natural History Museum
, London today. Natural Wonders...indeed!!!
The exhibition will not only showcase the white diamonds
but also the variety of natural colors that exist in the world of diamonds. These rare colored diamonds are often known as ‘fancy diamonds’
. For every 10,000 white diamonds mined only one colored diamond is found
making them the most rare gemstones in the world. Amongst the various exhibits, the ones that will steal the show are The De Beers Millennium Star, Steinmetz Pink, The Incomparable, The Ocean Dream, The Moussaief Red, The Heart of Eternity, The Allnatt and The 616.The De Beers Millennium Star
. This 203.04-carat pear-shaped stone is the world's largest 'D colour' internally and externally flawless diamond. White diamonds are graded by colour using a lettering system from D to Z, with D being completely colourless and Z a pale yellow. This is the sixth largest 'white' diamond in the world. “This diamond's discovery set off a small rush as diggers flocked in the hope of finding a similar stone. But the odds are strongly against another one appearing within the next few hundred years or so.”The Steinmetz Pink
. This diamond has an extremely vivid pink color that is almost impossible to find. The world's largest fancy vivid pink oval shaped, 59.6 carat, flawless diamond was cut from a crystal of 132.5 carats. It was first revealed around the neck of model Helena Christensen in Monaco, May 2003. It took two years to cut this stone as the crystal structure was so much under strain that it would have reduced to diamond dust at any time during cutting.The Moussaief Red
. There are very few true red diamonds in existence. To find a deep red diamond of this size - 5.11 carats - is astounding, making it one of the most priceless diamonds in the world. The 0.95-carat Hancock Red put the red diamonds on the map and was sold for $880,000, the highest price per carat ever paid!!!The Ocean Dream
. The world's largest naturally colored fancy deep blue-green diamond at 5.51 carats was cut from a crystal of 11.27 carats. Its incredible colour, caused by exposure to natural radiation over millions of years in the earth, makes this one of the world's rarest diamonds. The Allnatt
. At 101.29 carats this vivid yellow cushion-shaped diamond is one of the most striking in the world. It was later re-cut to intensify the color of the stone and Cartier was commissioned to design a floral brooch setting to encase the diamond.The Orange Flame
. This is one of the most beautiful stone the diamond experts have ever seen with remarkably pure orange color. The stone of such a size and caliber is extremely rare. Natural vivid orange diamonds itself are so rare that most of the jewelers would not have seen or had one. The Incomparable
. Cut from an 890-carat rough diamond, at a staggering 407.48 carats, this kite-shaped brownish yellow stone is the third largest cut diamond in existence. The cutter wanted to make this the biggest stone ever but had to sacrifice the size for perfect clarity. The 616
. A 616-carat diamond crystal that remains uncut, the 616 is the largest single diamond crystal in the world, greater in carat weight than any cut diamond known today. The largest gem-quality diamond crystal ever found was the Cullinan, a 3,106-carat monster that was in fact part of an even larger crystal.
Apart from these beauties, there are many more astounding sights. The Aurora Collection, a set of 296 naturally colored diamonds with a total of 267.45 carats. The Eureka diamond, a 10.73-carat that was cut from the first authenticated diamond found in South Africa in 1866. The Star of South Africa, a 47.69-carat pear shaped diamond which was credited with starting the “diamond rush” in South Africa in the late 19th century.
All these stones are unique and some are older than the stars. This exhibition reveals diamonds as one of nature's great miracles. Formed from humble carbon and transformed by pressure and incredibly high temperatures, diamonds remained secretly hidden deep beneath the Earth's crust for billions of years, until powerful volcanic forces and molten rock carried them to the surface. Only a small number of diamonds survived this remarkable journey and just a tiny proportion of these are of the size and quality to be cut, polished and set into jewelry.
The exhibition is the held at Natural History Museum, London and starts from July 8th 2005 to February 2006.
- Reaching the stars for her (literally)
- 203 carat diamond.....phew !!!it is huge!!!!
, National History Museum
, De Beers