Giant, uncut diamond goes on display at Smithsonian

Giant, uncut Foxfire diamond goes on display at Smithsonian museum of natural history

One of the biggest diamonds ever found is on display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.

The Foxfire diamond is the largest uncut, gem-quality diamond ever mined in North America. It weighs 187 carats, or 1.3 ounces.

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THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE

The Foxfire diamond was found just last year at a diamond mine in Canada’s Northwest Territories. Before it was discovered, only much smaller diamonds were believed to exist in the area.

Such a large stone might easily have been crushed by mining equipment, but it survived because of its unusually flattened shape.

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