London’s Natural History Museum closed its exhibition, Diamonds which opened on July 8, after police got hold of information that the diamonds were in danger of theft. The exhibition’s scheduled closing was originally set for next February.
The exhibition had a number of famous diamonds and jewellry on display:
- The De Beers Millennium Star, a 230-carat diamond – white, pear-shaped, priceless and flawless, as well as the centrepiece of the exhibition: was mined in the Congo by De Beers in the early 1990s. “It took more than three years for the company’s cutting experts to shape the original 777-carat stone with lasers.”
- The Steinmetz Pink, the world’s largest fancy vivid pink flawless diamond.
- The Ocean Dream, the world’s largest naturally occurring deep blue-green diamond.
- The Incomparable, a yellow stone cut from an 890-carat rough diamond and weighing in at 407.48 carats, the third largest cut diamond in existence.
- R&B star Usher’s watch, which features his face in coloured diamonds.
- A bejewelled dress worn by Samantha Mumba at the premiere of the film Spider-Man 2.
The De Beers Millennium Star had already been the target of theft in 2000 – the armed thieves were foiled by crystal replicas.
The most important thing that we want to point out is, if you look at the picture of the Millennium Star at the top of the first article, you will note that the diamond handler is wearing white cotton gloves. Just like ours.