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June 27, 2003 – September 30, 2003
Museum: Natural History Museum
Location: 2nd Floor, East Wing, Winston Gallery
On view together for the first time are 7 of the world's rarest diamonds representing a range of sizes and a rainbow of colors -- red, orange, yellow, pink, blue, blue-green, and colorless. All grew from carbon atoms deep within the earth and endured an explosive journey to the Earth's surface. The colorless diamonds are composed purely of carbon atoms. The rare colors of the others resulted from impurities that replaced some of the carbon atoms during growth.
These diamonds were found since 1980 and are on loan from their owners: