[I'm not writing this but am dictating it into a voice recognition system, so some of the spelling and punctuation may look strange] 

I got mixed up with some museum exhibits I wanted to see. I thought I wanted to go to one at the Natural History Museum called Buccellati: Art in Gold, Silver and Gems because it was supposed to be displaying a unique diamond from the Green Room in Dresden. When I went to the exhibit, it wasn't to my taste: there was too much jewelry and that doesn't interest me. [And it also struck me  the odd that the Smithsonian would be having such a large show for a commercial company which is still in operation; once in a while it seemed like a gigantic commercial for Buccellati] 

I realized that the Dresden Green Diamond was, in fact, on display in the museum, but upstairs with the Hope Diamond. I had never heard of the Dresden Green but apparently it's very famous. Even after seeing the exhibit, the relationship of the Hope Diamond and the Dresden green Diamond is still not clear to me but apparently it's regarded as the "twin" of the Hope Diamond because they both come from the same part of India, both were discovered about the same time, both are in the same 40 caret size range, and both were set in similar styles. 

The Hope Diamond is basically blue in a setting of white diamonds while the Dresden one is basically green in a setting of white diamonds. What was most interesting to me, however, wasn't the size and value of the diamond but the history of the Dresden green and all the vicissitudes it went through and not just in the World War II and the Soviet occupation: Seven Years War; Napoleonic invasions; fires; etc. etc. I don't know if the AOL people will be able to see it, but in the left of this letter should be a picture of the Hope Diamond and to the right one of the Dresden green, the way they were displayed in museum - although the Dresden is much greener "in the flesh" than in this picture and the Hope is less blue  than in it's picture. 

 

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