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The Jewelry Insider

October 13, 2009

Colored diamonds are some of the most coveted creatures on this lovely planet earth, so when a jewelry hound gets a chance to gawk at a gaggle of them all in one place? Well, it’s a very special day in blingville.

Enter the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

The museum announced that a stunning collection of 25 diamonds is now on display in the Morgan Memorial Hall of Gems through January. The dazzling diamond exhibit includes the famous five colored diamonds from the Olympia Diamond Collection, on loan from Scarselli Diamonds Inc.

We’re talking a 1.01-carat vivid orange-yellow diamond, a 1.02-carat vivid blue-green diamond, a 2.17-carat vivid purplish-pink diamond, a 2.13-carat vivid blue diamond and a 2.34-carat vivid orange diamond in case you were wondering.

Breathe, diamond divas. Breathe.

Other dazzlers in the exhibit include a brilliant-cut intense-pink diamond set in gold with smaller pink diamonds, designed by Carvin French with diamonds from Rio Tinto’s Argyle Mine in Australia, and a 5.4-carat round-brilliant-cut diamond pendant surrounded by 20 sapphires and set in white gold, designed in California in 1960.

George Harlow, curator of the museum’s Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, curated the diamond case. Bless him. Viewing the diamonds is free with admission to the museum, which is located at Central Park West and 79th Street in Manhattan.

If you’re in New York, it’s a must see. Just bring oxygen and designated driver. Things might get ugly.

The Jewelry Insider

September 5, 2008

Colored diamonds have always been treasured by jewelry hounds, but it wasn’t until J-Lo got the big pink rock from Ben Affleck that the gems became a sensation. Fashionistas everywhere put these rare stones on their wish lists, and celebrities from Kobe Bryant to Ellen DeGeneres followed Ben’s lead.

For those lucky diamond lovers who are in New York for Mercedez Benz Fashion Week this month, we have the perfect pit stop. The American Museum of Natural History is displaying not one, not two, but 240 dazzling fancy colored diamonds arranged in the shape of a butterfly. The “Butterfly of Peace” exhibit represents every variety of fancy color diamond in existence, and was painstakingly collected over twelve years by Alan Bronstein and Harry Rodman of Aurora Gems, Inc.

The stones collectively weigh in at 166.94 carats and are housed inside a glass box at the museum’s Morgan Memorial Hall of Gems. But don’t dally, diamond divas. The display only lasts until September 11th, when it will then travel to the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, the Houston Museum of Natural Science and The Field Museum in Chicago.

And if you’ve ever wondered what happened to J-Lo’s 6-carat pink rock that didn’t make its way down the aisle? Apparently Ben sold it back to Harry Winston – who we’re sure found better use for it.