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Museum of Natural History Extends Diamond Exhibit

Olympia Diamond Collection showcases diamonds' five strongest colors.
Mar 18, 2010 6:09 AM   By Deena Taylor
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RAPAPORT...The American Museum of Natural History will extend its natural color diamond exhibit in light of the positive response it has received. Now, the Olympia Diamond Collection exhibit, originally scheduled to run from September 2009 to February 2010, will continue to be on display until further notice.

"While it might be the rarity and multimillion dollar value of these five gems that attracts people to the museum's Morgan Memorial Hall of Gems, it is the extraordinary beauty of these diamonds that thrills them,” said Bruno Scarselli, a leading authority in color diamonds. “We want as many of the museum's four million yearly visitors as possible to have the opportunity to see the collection.”

The collection consists of five diamonds that have been graded as vivid, the highest level of color saturation possible, by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). The diamonds range in size from 1.01 carats to 2.34 carats and represent five of the strongest colors that naturally occur in a diamond, namely blue-green, orange-yellow, purplish-pink, blue and orange.

The diamonds from the Olympia Diamond Collection are on loan from Scarselli Diamonds and were curated for Scarselli by the gemologist Joshua Sheby.

LH

Tags: Collections, Deena Talyor, Deena Taylor, Exhibitions, GIA
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