Weighing 187.63 Carats, The Foxfire Diamond is the largest known, uncut, gem-quality diamond mined in North America On view to the Public from November 17, 2016 - February 16, 2017NEW YORK, Nov. 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Foxfire Diamond had its first public viewing in America when it was unveiled in a ceremony in the Harry Winston Gallery at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. The Foxfire Diamond will be on display for three months at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, Nov. 17 through Feb. 16, 2017. This will be the first time it has been made available to the public. Weighing more than 187 carats, the Foxfire diamond will be presented alongside the renowned Hope diamond in the Harry Winston Gallery.
The two billion year-old, 187.63 carat Foxfire Diamond is the largest uncut, gem-quality diamond mined in North America. It was unearthed in 2015 at the Diavik Diamond Mine, operated by Rio Tinto, in one of the most remote corners of the world—130 miles from the North Pole in the Barren Lands of Canada's Northwest Territories. The Diavik Foxfire takes its reference from a term used in Canadian folklore, to describe the resemblance of the Northern Lights, to the brush of fox tails in the sky. "The Foxfire Diamond is truly exceptional, one of the great treasures of the Earth," said Dr. Jeffery Post, Chair of the Department of Mineral Sciences and curator of the National Gem and Mineral Collection. "We are delighted that our visitors will have this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view North America's largest gem-quality diamond in its natural form." Diamonds of this carat weight were not believed to exist in North America. Because of this, the equipment at the Diavik Diamond Mine was configured to sift out stones smaller than six carats. The 187.63 carat diamond should technically have not survived, but its uncommonly flattened shape enabled it to safely pass through the crushers. "The Foxfire was discovered and uncovered in epic feats of engineering that are in themselves quite remarkable, all the while being respectful of the environment and those who have lived on the land for centuries," said Arnaud Soirat, Chief Executive of Rio Tinto's Copper & Diamonds.