Museums Victoria has partnered with LJ West Diamonds to showcase the world’s largest collections of natural fancy colored diamonds, including the legendary Argyle Violet.
The exhibition will be located in the Melbourne Museum’s Dynamic Earth Gallery with screenings starting November 5.
Much of the focus of the exhibition will be on Australia’s role as the source of many of the world’s most coveted diamonds, with over 100 diamonds discovered in the Kimberley region on display.
“Museums Victoria is pleased to present this world premiere exhibition of some of the earth’s extraordinary beauty,” said Lynley Crosswell, Director of Museums Victoria.
“The exhibit will highlight their dazzling hues, the fascinating science and the precise craftsmanship required to cut these exquisite gemstones.”
New York-based LJ West founder Larry West said the unique characteristics and rare nature of diamonds are what drives collectors above all else.
Larry West said: “My attraction to natural colored diamonds is much like my attraction to life – every day is unique. Every colored diamond I have ever seen or owned has its own unique characteristics, its own flaws and its own beauty.
A diamond that is sure to be popular with onlookers is the 2.83 carat Argyle Violet, a one-of-a-kind oval-shaped beauty with a color gradient of fancy deep grayish bluish-violet – the only purple diamond in the Argyle mine. to receive this grading from the Gemological Institute of America.
Best of the best
The exhibition – titled pink diamonds – will have an extended run at the Melbourne Museum with a planned closing date of January 29, giving visitors much of the summer to examine rare beauties.
LJ West Australian manager William Gant said Jeweler that the aim of the exhibition was to raise awareness of the importance of Australian diamonds internationally.
“We think this is probably the first time the Australian public has had the chance to see such a wide range of pink diamonds, and for us it’s all about raising awareness of what these stones are,” said Glove.
“It’s not just about attracting people who know these diamonds or know the history of the Argyle mine, it’s also about reaching the new, younger generation of consumers who may not be aware of how mine was important.”
Pink diamonds take over 1.6 billion years to form and it can take over a year to perfectly cut and polish a pink diamond.
“Understanding that diamonds come in all sizes, shapes and colors is something the average person may not know, and having the chance to see what we consider to be the pinnacle of the field is special,” Gant said.
“If you want to see the best, this is what it looks like.”
For more information on this free exhibition, visit: Victoria Museums
Roughs Argyle Violet and Pink Diamond alongside a polished scrimmage.
A taste of the range of diamonds on display, including the famous Argyle Violet, at the Melbourne Museum.
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