American Museum of Natural History: Aurora Butterfly of Peace
YOU NEED TO GO SEE THIS!
“The Aurora Butterfly of Peace is dedicated to all the people of the world and to universal peace and harmony among all men, religions and races.” – Alan Bronstein, Aurora Gems
Now, on display at the American Museum of Natural History, the Aurora Butterfly of Peace
The Aurora Butterfly of Peace is composed of 240 natural stones, weighing 167 carats and arranged in a symmetrical pattern of similar cuts and colors.
A chemically pure, perfect crystal of diamond is colorless. But natural diamonds exist in many colors, from warm reds and oranges to rich blues and violets; some are even milky white or solid black.
Flawed Crystals, Fancy Diamonds
These colored diamonds, called “fancy,” sometimes contain chemical impurities such as nitrogen, which gives diamonds yellow and brown tones. Defects in the crystal structure can also give a stone color—green diamonds, for example, often get their color this way. Natural fancy diamonds are rare and highly valued.
Diamonds That Glow
Some diamonds glow under ultraviolet (UV) light, a phenomenon known as fluorescence. Diamonds of all colors can fluoresce, and two similarly colored stones may appear very different under UV light.
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Images by Robert Weldon