Rodman, Bronstein, and the Aurora Butterfly of Peace

Alan Bronstein, fancy-color diamond expert with Aurora Gems Inc., New York, and Harry Rodman, a former refiner on 47th Street who became Bronstein's business partner, then mentor, then father-in-law, recently paid a visit to the Smithsonian Institute's National Museum of Natural History. They went to the Smithsonian to lend the Hall of Geology, Gems and Minerals 240 fancy-color diamonds (166.94 cts. t.w.) loosely mounted in the shape of a butterfly. Rodman and Bronstein dedicated the work—called the Aurora Butterfly of Peace—"to all the people of the world and to universal peace and harmony among all men, religions, and races." For Rodman, who turned 96 this year, the day was "a blessing, a fantastic experience," says Bronstein. It was a good day for the Smithsonian, too. "They are thrilled to have it," Bronstein says. "The collection of fancy-color diamonds was placed right in the
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