SMITHSONIAN TO DISPLAY THE 187-CARAT FOXFIRE DIAMOND
The Foxfire Diamond, Canada’s largest rough diamond, will go on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C. The diamond will be on display for three months at the Smithsonian’s, from November 17 through February 16, 2017.
Weighing more than 187 carats, the Foxfire diamond will be presented alongside the Hope diamond in the Harry Winston Gallery.
The Foxfire was unearthed in August 2015 at Diavik Diamond Mine in Canada. According to the Smithsonian’s press release, when the Foxfire was discovered, large, gem-quality diamonds “were not believed to exist in that area, as the diamonds found over the previous decade generally peaked at six carats”. Because of this, the mine’s equipment should have crushed the Foxfire, but “its uncommonly flattened shape enabled it to safely pass through the filters”.