Diamond Exhibition in Paris

The Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle in Paris is hosting a diamond exhibit that continues through July. The museum's Gallery of Mineralogy is the site of the exhibit, which covers 1,200 square meters and includes the largest public vault in Paris. The first section of the exhibit is devoted to the physical and chemical mysteries of diamonds. Visitors can admire thousands of raw diamonds preserved for their natural beauty and gain insight into their formation. Some of the specimens weigh more than 600 cts. The museum's Orgueil meteorite, which is riddled with diamonds that are older than the solar system, is also on display. A portrait gallery displays paintings from Versailles, Florence, Copenhagen, and Washington, D.C., which illustrate the importance of diamonds as symbols of power. These official paintings and private portraits also sketch the history of jewelry over the cent
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