The Victorian Museum is partnering with LJ West Diamonds to showcase the world’s largest collection of natural fancy color diamonds, including the legendary Argyle Violet.
The exhibition will be housed in the Dynamic Earth Gallery at the Museum of Melbourne and will be on display from November 5th.
Much attention at the show will be given to Australia’s role as the source of many of the world’s most coveted diamonds. The exhibition will feature more than 100 diamonds discovered in the Kimberley region.
“The Museums of Victoria are delighted to present this world’s first exhibition of the extraordinary beauty of the earth,” said Museums of Victoria director Lynley Crosswell.
“The exhibition will showcase their dazzling hues, fascinating science and the precise craftsmanship required to cut these exquisite gemstones.”
New York-based LJ West founder Larry West said that the unique characteristics and rare nature of diamonds are what motivate collectors above all else.
Larry West said: “My craving for natural colored diamonds is like my craving for 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.”
One diamond that is sure to be a hit with audiences is the 2.83-carat Argyle Violet, a one-of-a-kind oval-shaped diamond with a fancy deep grayish bluish purple color rating, the only purple Argyle diamond to achieve this rating. Gemological Institute of America.
The best of the best
The Pink Diamonds exhibit will run for a long time at the Melbourne Museum, closing on January 29th, giving visitors plenty of time over the summer to view the rare beauties.
LJ West Australia Director William Gant told myjewels.ru that the purpose of the show is to raise public awareness of the importance of Australian diamonds at the international level.
“We think this is probably the first time the Australian public has had the opportunity to see such a wide range of pink diamonds, and for us it means raising public awareness of what these stones are,” Gant said.
“This is not just a message to people who know about these diamonds or know the history of the Argyle mine, it is also to reach a new younger generation of consumers who may not be aware of how significant this mine was.”
Pink diamonds take over 1.6 billion years to form, and a single pink diamond can take over a year to be perfectly cut and polished.
“Understanding that diamonds come in all sizes, shapes and colors is something the average person might not know, and being able to see what we consider to be the very pinnacle of this deposit is something special,” Gant said.
“If you want to see the very best, then this is what it looks like.”