Famed Wittelsbach-Graff Diamond Makes First Public Appearance in 50 Years

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Photo provided by the Smithsonian Institution shows The 31.06-carat "Wittelsbach-Graff Diamond" which will join the 45.52-carat "Hope Diamond" at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History on Jan. 28, 2010. - AP Photo/Smithsonian Institution.

WASHINGTON, DC.- One of the world’s most
extraordinary gemstones, the “Wittelsbach-Graff Diamond”, will be on display at
the National Museum of Natural History Jan. 28, 2010, through Aug. 1,
2010.
This will be the first time it has been available to the
public in more than 50 years. A diamond of rare deep-blue color and weighing
31.06 carats
, the “Wittelsbach-Graff Diamond” will be presented in the
“National Gem Collection” in the Hall of Geology, Gems and Minerals, where the
renowned Hope Diamond is on permanent view. The “Wittelsbach-Graff Diamond” has
long been rumored to have originated from the same diamond mine in India as the
Hope Diamond. Smithsonian scientists will explore this mystery while the diamond
is in their care.

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