An exceptionally rare 12-carat cushion-cut aqua blue diamond, known as the “Blue Moon,” will go on public display in three weeks’ time in Los Angeles, California.
Found in South Africa’s Cullinan mine in January by Petra Diamonds (LON:PDL), the stone was cut down from around 30 carats by diamond-maker Cora International, and it is now valued at $25.6 million.
Petra Diamond’s CEO Johan Dippenaar holding the exceptional 29.6-carat blue diamond recovered in January 2014.
What makes this diamond quite unique is its colour saturation and shade, combined by an amazing clarity, which granted it the grading of “fancy vivid” with an “internally flawless” clarity by the Gemological Institute of America. When exposed to ultra-violet light, blue diamonds usually let off a blue-green glow for short lengths of time. The Blue Moon, instead, emitted an orangey-red phosphorescent glow for about 20 seconds after being bathed in ultra-violet light, Forbes reports.
The precious gem’s extra-special qualities don’t stop there. The Blue Moon is expected to be able to provide clues about the forces at play deep within the Earth when the diamond was created at least a billion years ago, the curator of the National Gem and Mineral Collection at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, told Bloomberg earlier this month.
Author Cecilia Jamasmie
See : A 29.6-carat rough blue diamond found in Cullinan mid-January
Picture: CEO Johan Dippenaar holding the exceptional 29.6 carat blue diamond recovered in January 2014.