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  1. A museum is much more than just storing exhibits. This is the place where scientific research is conducted on the material of these exhibits. And of course, the people who work there should know much more than just the storage rules.

    A small example that I heard about just yesterday first-hand. Washington's National Museum of Natural History displays the famous Hope Diamond. Almost simultaneously with it, another externally very similar diamond appeared in Europe, which is now called Wittelsbach. And because of their similarity, a legend arose that both were cut from one huge Indian diamond. But Wittelsbach was kept in an unknown private collection for the entire 20th century, and it was impossible to verify this. In 2008, it was sold at auction to a jeweler named Graff. The museum immediately contacted him, organized a joint exhibition of both diamonds, and conducted various tests at night. As a result, it was possible to prove that the diamonds are not connected in any way. And soon Graff resold Wittelsbach and his traces again disappeared. If there had been a man working in Washinton who simply knew the rules for storing diamonds, and not a specialist in history, he would not have tried to get Wittelsbach for the exhibition, and no one would have known the truth.

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