Aurora Butterfly of Peace on Display at Smithsonian


The Aurora Butterfly of Peace, an artistic display of 240 loose, natural-color diamonds, is now on exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. The suite was assembled over the last 12 years by Alan Bronstein and Harry Rodman of Aurora Gems Inc. in New York. It shows a full palette of diamond colors in a variety of cut styles, with a total weight of 166.94 carats. Dr. Jeffrey Post, curator of the Smithsonian's National Gem and Mineral Collection, estimates that about one million people will have seen the Aurora Butterfly of Peace at the museum before the exhibit closes on March 23.

Displayed in lighting that alternates between natural and ultraviolet every 15 seconds, the collection also demonstrates the fluorescent properties of diamond.

The Butterfly's creators are known for the Aurora Pyramid of Hope of 260 natural-color diamonds, which has been on display at the American Museum of Natural History in New York since 1989.

For more information on this exhibit, call the Smithsonian Institution at 202-633-1000 or visit http://www.si.edu.

Stuart Overlin



The Aurora Butterfly of Peace, a collection of 240 natural-color diamonds, is on display at the Smithsonian until March 23. The exhibit's lighting alternates between natural (above) and ultraviolet below). Photos courtesy of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.