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Cora Sun-Drop diamond dazzles at the Natural History Museum
作者:Daily Mail Reporter
来源:Daily Mail, 2011-02-24
发布日期: 2011-02-26  阅读次数:3080

 

Dream on, Jerry: This yellow sun-drop diamond, on display in London, is so rare that it really is... PRICELESS

By Daily Mail Reporter
 
Daily Mail, 2011-02-24; Mail Online, URL: < http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1360252/Jerry-Hall-dazzled-priceless-Cora-Sun-Drop-diamond-display-London-Vault.html >, Last updated at 3:33 PM on 24th February 2011

 
    The Cora Sun-Drop is among the most stunning diamonds in the world, so rare that it is almost impossibe to determine its value. Which is why no-one has even tried.
 
    No wonder model Jerry Hall was bedazzled by the gem today as it arrived at Londons Natural History Museum where it is to be displayed  in The Vault.
 
 
    At 110-carats, the Cora Sun-Drop is roughly the size of a womans thumb and is largest vivid yellow pear-shaped diamond known in the world.
 
   The yellow Cora Sun-Drop pear-shaped diamond is so rare that no-one has even tried to put a value on it
 
    It has been lent to the museum by leading US diamond manufacturer Cora International for display to visitors for a limited time from tomorrow.
 
    Its unusual yellow colour stems from the very small percentage of nitrogen within the carbon structure of the stone.
 
    Diamonds with a strong saturated colour represent only a tiny percentage of all natural diamonds, and when it more than 100 carats, it takes on a historic significance as so few exist.
  
   Model Jerry Hall is dazzled by the 110-carat diamond as it is unveiled to the world at Londons Natural History Museum today
 
    The diamond will be in good company. The Vault is a permanent gallery at the Natural History Museum dedicated to some of mother natures most rare, unique and valuable treasures through its collection of the finest gems, crystals, metals and meteorites from around the world.
 
    These include the Devonshire Emerald, the Aurora Pyramid of Hope - a world-class collection of 296 naturally coloured diamonds - Heron-Allens cursed amethyst and the Nakhla, an extremely rare Martian meteorite.
 
    Alan Hart, the Natural History Museums minerals curator, told BBC News: Ive never seen a stone such as this.
 
    Only a tiny percentage of the worlds diamonds have such a strong saturated colour, and Jerry seems  to think it would be a perfect fit for her engagement finger
 
  A one-carat diamond is what most people are familiar with, and are really pleased to own. You can see how exceptional this diamond is.
 
    For more than 30 years, Cora International has been a leading supplier for all qualities of white and fancy coloured diamonds and has cut some of the most sought-after stones in the world.
 
   Jerry obviously has her eye on the diamond, and clearly shows what an enormous stone it is.
 
 
 

 
 

伦敦展出罕见金黄色大钻石 110克拉大如拇指
 
中国新闻网记者
 
中国新闻网,URL: < http://www.chinanews.com/gj/2011/02-25/2868314.shtml >, Release date: 2011年02月25日 11:18
 
 
  中新网2月25日电 据英国《每日邮报》报道,伦敦自然历史博物馆将于26日展出一枚罕见的金黄色大钻石——科拉落日石(The Cora Sun-Drop)。报道称,这颗钻石是世界上最令人震惊的钻石之一,几乎不可能为其估价。
 
  据了解,这颗钻石是由美国知名钻石生产商科拉国际(Cora International)租借给博物馆的,该公司是世界上主要的高档钻石生产商,生产白色与有色钻石已有30多年,切割过一些广受欢迎的钻石。
 
  该钻石将被放在博物馆中的“宝物区”(The Vault)进行限时展出。这颗110克拉的大钻石所散发出的光芒,令展示它的模特杰瑞•霍尔(Jerry Hall)都感到晕眩,从照片中可以看到,这颗钻石几乎与女模特的拇指一般大小,圆润的梨子形状和罕见的金黄颜色也正是科拉落日石的特征。
 
  宝物区是伦敦自然历史博物馆为展示罕见宝石、水晶、金属和陨石而设立的展区,许多罕见宝物都在这里展出,包括德文希尔祖母石(the Devonshire Emerald)、296块自然色钻石组成的极光希望金字塔(the Aurora Pyramid of Hope)、传说中受到诅咒的赫伦—爱伦紫水晶(Heron-Allens cursed amethyst)以及极为罕见的纳胡拉火星陨石(the Nakhla)。现在,科拉落日石也即将加入到这些宝物的行列当中。
 
  据介绍,超过100克拉的钻石在历史上非常罕见,而金黄颜色表示钻石碳结构当中的氮含量非常低,如此饱满的色泽在钻石当中更是少有。
 
  自然历史博物馆矿物馆馆长阿兰•哈特表示:“我从来没有见过这样的钻石,人们在日常生活中对1克拉左右的钻石比较熟悉,而且如果能有一颗就十分开心了,所以你可以想象这样100多克拉的大钻石有多罕见和稀有。”

 
中文题录:中国新闻网记者,2011,伦敦展出罕见金黄色大钻石 110克拉大如拇指。中国新闻网,URL: < http://www.chinanews.com/gj/2011/02-25/2868314.shtml >, Release date: 2011年02月25日 11:18。

 
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Worlds largest yellow pear-shape diamond dazzles in Museum

Natural History Museums Archive 2011
 
Natural History Museums Archive 2011, URL: < http://www.nhm.ac.uk/about-us/news/2011/february/worlds-largest-yellow-pear-shape-diamond-dazzles-in-museum94850.html >, Release date: 24 February 2011.
 
 
    The world’s largest known vivid yellow pear-shape diamond goes on display at the Natural History Museum from tomorrow.
 
    Jerry Hall holds the 110-carat Cora Sun-Drop diamond at its unveiling in the Museums Vault.
 
    Jerry Hall was a lucky guest dazzled by the 110-carat Cora Sun-Drop diamond when it was unveiled in the Museum’s Vault gallery this morning.
 
    The Sun-Drop, which was mined in Africa, has been lent to the Museum by Cora International, the diamond company that crafted the original rough diamond. It will be on display from 25 February for up to 6 months.
 
Yellow colour
 
    The Sun-Drop is yellow because there is a very small amount of nitrogen in its carbon structure. Coloured diamonds are extremely rare in nature.
 
    Alan Hart, Head of Collections in the Museum’s Mineralogy Department says, ‘Diamonds with a strong saturated colour represent only a tiny percentage of all natural diamonds, which makes them particularly interesting from a scientific perspective.
 
    ‘In addition, extremely large diamonds (over 100 carats) with exceptional colours are historically significant as so few exist, so we are delighted to be able to show the Cora Sun-Drop to our visitors.’
 
    This Heron-Allen amethyst is thought to be cursed!
 
The Vault
 
    The Vault is a permanent gallery at the Museum dedicated to some of nature’s most rare, unique and valuable treasures.
 
    From a rare Martian meteorite and the Aurora Pyramid of Hope collection of 296 naturally coloured diamonds, each object in The Vault has a story to tell, including the Heron-Allen’s cursed amethyst and probably the worlds most impressive crystallised Latrobe gold nugget.
 
Diamonds
 
    Diamonds are the hardest natural substances on earth. They have other impressive properties such as the ability to insulate and conduct electricity, and being the most transparent material known. They can reflect visible, ultra-violet and infrared light as well as all the frequencies in between.
 
    The Latrobe nugget is probably the worlds most impressive crystallised gold nugget.
 
    This makes them invaluable in industries such as medicine, engineering and communications.
 
    Diamonds are some of the oldest crystals on Earth. Not all diamonds were formed within the Earth, however. Some are created by intense heat and pressure when a meteorite crashes into the Earth’s surface.
 
Mineral collection
 
    The Museum looks after one of the world’s finest mineralogy collections. Scientists in the Mineralogy Department study rocks, minerals and meteorites, helping to understand natural processes such as pollutant dispersion, the formation of valuable natural resources, such as ores, the tectonic processes that shape the Earth, and the processes that gave rise to the planets, as the solar system formed.
 
 
English Bibliography: Natural History Museums Archive 2011, 2011, Worlds largest yellow pear-shape diamond dazzles in Museum. Natural History Museums Archive 2011, URL: < http://www.nhm.ac.uk/about-us/news/2011/february/worlds-largest-yellow-pear-shape-diamond-dazzles-in-museum94850.html >, Release date: 24 February 2011.
 
 

 
相关文章:
 
Cora Sun-Drop diamond dazzles at the Natural History Museum - video
 
By Duckworth, Andy
 
Guardian.co.uk, URL: < http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/video/2011/feb/24/cora-sun-drop-diamond-museum >, Release date: Thursday 24 February 2011

    At 110 carats, the price of the Cora Sun-Drop is as closely guarded as the diamond itself. The stone, which took six months to cut and is the only pear-shaped yellow diamond in the world, goes on display on Friday at Londons Natural History Museum.
 

English Bibliography: Duckworth, Andy, 2011, Cora Sun-Drop diamond dazzles at the Natural History Museum - video. Guardian.co.uk, URL: < http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/video/2011/feb/24/cora-sun-drop-diamond-museum >, Release date: Thursday 24 February 2011.
 
 
 
 
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