What’s the deal with selman diamond?
A week after the dusting of a diamond from the Smithsonian, the next thing to be done is a new stone.
On Tuesday, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History announced it had acquired selmason diamonds, one of the rarest and most valuable of its kind, from the diamond mines of the United States.
The museum’s president, Michael E. Schatz, said the diamonds were part of a collection of “a few hundred, maybe fewer” from the mines of eastern Minnesota.
Diamonds have been found in the area for centuries.
They’re also relatively expensive.
The diamond mined in Minnesota in 2014 sold for $2.3 million, or $1.9 million to the Smithsonian.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the highest price for a selson diamond is $5.3 billion.
That’s almost six times the average price of a Canadian diamond, and four times the price of an American diamond.
The diamonds, which are valued at around $100 million, were discovered by mining company B.M. Johnson in 1867.
A lot of diamonds have been stolen from the earth and buried, Schatz said in a statement, but the Seldom Seen Diamond is one of only two diamonds that’s still intact and in pristine condition.
“It’s the only one in the world that has not been damaged, damaged by weather, or even lost in the ground,” Schatz told ABC News.
“This is the first of many selmans.”
The museum will display the diamond at the museum’s collection, which is a mix of rare artifacts and modern jewelry, and a Smithsonian exhibit.
More than 50 percent of selmines in the United Kingdom and Scandinavia are located in northern Minnesota, where the diamonds are mined.