Rare Blue Diamond On Display in New York
The exquisitely deep blue, 31.06-carat WiIttelsbach-Graff Diamond was mined in India in the 17th century, and originally weighed 35.56 carats.
The gem was recut to enhance its clarity and color after it was purchased by London-based jeweler Laurence Graff in 2008. Graff paid $24.3 million - a world record for any diamond or jewel sold at auction.
The diamond's past includes passing through several royal families in Europe. The gem disappeared for a time after it was confiscated from the Wittelsbachs of the House of Bavaria in 1931, and was only once shown publicly between 1931 and 2008, the museum says.
The blue diamond will be on display in the AMNH's Harry Frank Guggenheim Hall of Minerals through January.
Those who want more can head to Washington, where the world's largest known deep blue diamond, the 45.52-carat Hope Diamond, also discovered in India, is on permanent display at the Smithsonian's Natural History Museum.
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Photo courtesy of Graff Diamonds