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A Millennium Star takes centre stage in Diamonds

24 May 2005

De Beers Millenium Star © De Beers LV Limited

One of the world’s most famous diamonds, the De Beers Millennium Star, will take centre stage at the Natural History Museum this summer in the biggest ever diamonds exhibition.

(Image to the right: The De Beers Millenium Star © De Beers LV Limited)

The 203.04-carat flawless De Beers Millennium Star was cut from a rough diamond of 777 carats. It was unveiled in 1999 at the Millennium Dome where it became the target of a foiled robbery attempt in 2000. This is the first time it has been on public display in the UK since then.

Moussaief Red © Moussaieff Jewellers Ltd

Dr Michael Dixon, the Museum's Director said: ‘We feel privileged to be able to include this incredibly rare and iconic stone in our exhibition. Visitors will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see some of the world’s most beautiful and rare diamonds and the De Beers Millennium Star is a true highlight.’

(Image to the right: The Moussaieff Red © Moussaief Jewellers Ltd.)

Not all diamonds are ‘white’ and this exhibition will focus on the variety of natural colours.

The star line-up of eight of the world’s most incredible diamonds, displayed together for the first time, includes:

  • The 616 © De Beers
    The De Beers Millennium Star. This 203.04-carat pear-shaped stone is the world’s largest ‘D colour’ internally and externally flawless diamond. White diamonds are graded by colour using a lettering system from D to Z, with D being completely colourless and Z a pale yellow. This is the sixth largest ‘white’ diamond in the world.

(Image to the right: The 616 © De Beers)

  • The Steinmetz Pink . The world's largest fancy vivid pink, flawless diamond.
  • The Incomparable . At a staggering 407.48 carats, this yellow stone is the third-largest diamond ever cut.
  • The Ocean Dream . The world’s largest naturally occurring fancy deep blue-green diamond at 5.51 carats.
  • The Moussaieff Red. There are very few true red diamonds in existence. To find a deep red diamond of this size – 5.11 carats – is astounding, making it one of the most rare and highly prized diamonds in the world.
  • The Heart of Eternity . Graded as a fancy vivid blue, at 27.64 carats this heart-shaped diamond is one of the finest blue diamonds in the world.
  • The Allnatt. At 101.29 carats this vivid yellow cushion-shaped diamond is one of the most striking in the world.
  • The 616. A 616-carat diamond crystal as found and remaining uncut, the 616 is the largest single diamond crystal in the world, greater in carat weight than any cut diamond known today.  
  • The Aurora Collection – a set of 296 naturally coloured diamonds, totalling a staggering 267.45 carats.
  • Mogul treasures, such as the Shah Jahan table-cut diamond, reveals the old style of diamond cutting.
  • Also of great historical significance is the Eureka diamond, a 10.73-carat brilliant, cut from the first authenticated diamond found in South Africa, in 1866.

Diamonds opens on 8 July 2005 and closes on 26 February 2006

Tickets for Diamonds go on sale Tuesday 24 May 2005.

Diamonds has been made possible by the generous support of principal sponsor Steinmetz, with additional support from the Diamond Trading Company.