WASHINGTON (CBSMiami/AP) — Move over Hope diamond! One of the biggest diamonds ever found is now on display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.READ MORE: ‘I Have Goose Bumps’: Zoo Miami's Ron Magil On 'Rita' Laying 2nd Egg On Live Bald Eagle Cam
The Foxfire diamond is the largest uncut, gem-quality diamond ever mined in North America. It weighs 187 carats, or 1.3 ounces.READ MORE: Boca Raton Man Faces Charges In Fatal Crash That Killed Homestead Mom, Daughter On Thanksgiving Eve
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.
The diamond was purchased at auction by investor Deepak Sheth in June, and went on public display for the first time Thursday, alongside the famous Hope diamond. It will remain at the museum through Feb. 16th.MORE NEWS: Kyle Lowry Scores 19 Points, Heat Beat Bulls 107-104
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