The Blue Moon Diamond is worth about $25.6 million and was purchased earlier this year by Cora International, a diamond manufacturer. They originally purchased the diamond as a rough piece, then had the finest diamond craftsmen spend 6 months cutting it from its original 30 karat form to produce the magnificent stone.
Suzette Gomes is the chief executive officer of Cora International, and she says the Blue Moon is such a precious stone because of the combination of its size, clarity and unique color. “You get many different vivid blues, but this blue is an absolutely phenomenal color, the saturation is off the charts. I have never, in all my time in diamonds, seen a color like this.”
The LA county natural history museum is considered an authority on biodiversity and the natural world, but this addition will no doubt pique special interest from mineral scientists.
Eloise Galilou is a mineral sciences expert at the museum, and she says that because diamonds come from so far beneath the earth, anomalies with vivid coloring like this one raise geological questions about what’s happening in the Earth’s core. “The origin of the color blue is boron, a light element that has not much to do so deep inside the earth. Blue diamonds are rare because boron doesn’t happen very often down there, so it’s going to tell us more about the why, how, and maybe the when as well.”
The collection of minerals housed by the museum is over 3,000 gemstones strong. These originated from nearly 150,000 different specimens of mineral, meteorite and rock samples collected from California and beyond. Below you can see an video of the display, and how amazing this diamond really is.