The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County trains its sights on the luminous, fancy green diamonds available in an unthinkable spectrum of hues. The exhibition was opened on December 9th 2017 and will continue till April 1st 2018. Run your eye throu
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The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHMLA) is holding a special exhibition titled Green Diamonds: Natural Radiance, which will add eight cases of bright colour and shine inside the Museum’s renowned Gem and Mineral Hall.
The vibrant diamonds on display as loose gems and mounted jewellery are part of the Gamma Collection, which was amassed over the course of 20 years and consists of more than 60 of the most rare and prestigious natural coloured diamonds in the world.
At the centre of Natural Radiance at NHMLA is The Mantis, the largest vivid yellowish green diamond ever graded by the Gemological Institute of America, alongside The Shangri-La, the finest example of a large vivid green diamond, both of which are mounted in rings.
Organised by NHMLA associate curator of mineral sciences Dr. Aaron Celestian in partnership with Optimum Diamonds, Natural Radiance is on view from December 9th 2017, through April 1st 2018.
“We are thrilled to share some of the world’s rarest diamonds with museum visitors, providing
opportunities to learn about the science behind their colour and formation,” said Celestian. “This extraordinary array of coloured diamonds, on loan from Optimum Diamonds (one of the world’s elite houses for rare and exotic natural colour diamonds), showcases some of the finest naturally occurring minerals in the world.”
The exhibition features over 60 green diamonds, both loose and mounted in ring and earring settings, that showcase a variety of shapes, cuts, and vast shades of the colour spectrum from vivid-green and red to yellow-green and deep grey violet, and everything in between.
Through highlights such as The Light of Erasmus, an extremely rare 1.63-carat vivid greenish blue diamond, the exhibition gives visitors the chance to discover the formation of diamonds and scientific origins of the green colour, including the gamma radiation, which inspired the name of the collection.
The exhibition also explores the unsolved mysteries behind rare ‘Chameleon Diamonds,’ which change colour when exposed to light or heat. Natural Radiance features three of these extremely rare and valuable diamonds, including a 3.08-carat dark grey greenish yellow diamond.
The world-renowned, 6,000-sq-ft NHMLA Gem and Mineral Hall opened in 1978 and is one of the finest permanent exhibit halls of minerals, rocks, gems, ores, and meteorites in the world. The Hall houses a selection of the Museum’s extensive collection — displaying more than 2,000 spectacular specimens within two large galleries — which as a whole includes more than 150,000 specimens and is the largest in the western United States. The Hall also features the new, transparent Mineral Science Lab, where the public can watch department staff work in a modern laboratory with cutting-edge instrumentation for mineral and geochemical sciences. For additional details visit nhm.org.
The ring features a 0.86-carat oval Fancy Vivid Yellowish Green diamond (mounting by Arunashi), a 0.76-carat oval Fancy Vivid Yellowish Green and 0.54-carat lozenge Fancy Blue VS2 diamonds (GIA grade). © Optimum Diamonds
An oval 4.94-carat Fancy Deep Yellowish Green, I1 diamond adorns the ring (GIA grade). © Optimum Diamonds
The ring is set with a radiantcut 2.01-carat Fancy Vivid GreenYellow, SI1 diamond (GIA grade). © Optimum Diamonds
The 2.81-carat radiant-cut Fancy Vivid Pink, SI1 diamond from the Nicolas Sparks collection, is accompanied by 0.62-carat radiant-cut Fancy Vivid Bluish Green, VS2 diamond and 0.56-carat radiant-cut Fancy Vivid Bluish, VS2 diamond (GIA grade). © Optimum Diamonds
The ring is set with a 0.63-carat pear Fancy Vivid Yellowish Green diamond flanked by 0.31-carat pear Fancy Deep Purplish Pink and 0.18-carat pear Fancy Intense Purplish Pink diamonds (GIA grade). © Optimum Diamonds
A 1.45-carat radiant Fancy Vivid Yellowish Green diamond is seated in the centre of this jewellery piece bordered on either side by 0.28-carat and 0.23-carat radiant Fancy Intense Purplish Pink diamonds (GIA grade). © Optimum Diamonds