Short List: Gemstone Edition

Gemstones, gemstones, gemstones! In the same vein as our Diamonds blog post, take a look at this list of fabulous gems!

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The Dom Pedro Aquamarine

The Dom Pedro aquamarine is the world’s largest cut aquamarine. It is on exhibit at the National Museum of Natural History next to the Hope Diamond and Marie Antoinette’s earrings. This giant weights 4.6 pounds and stands 14 inches tall. Necklace anyone?

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The Carmen Lucia Ruby

The Carmen Lucia is 23.1 carats of pure Burmese ruby. It is known for it’s size and richly saturated color. High quality Burmese rubies more than 20 carats are supremely rare.

Fun fact: the Subway sandwich chain co-founder, Neuroscientist Peter Buck, bought it for the Smithsonian after the passing of his wife, Carmen Lucia who was an avid gemstone collector.

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The Bismark Sapphire

This gargantuan sapphire weighs 98.6 carats and was found in Sri Lanka.

The Bismark is named after its donor, Countess Mona von Bismarck, an American socialite who married German Count Eduard von Bismarck in the late 1930s. She donated the necklace to the Smithsonian in 1967, and it is currently on display in the Gem Gallery at the National Museum of Natural History.

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The Pearl of Allah

The pearl simultaneously awes and scares me. It was discovered in a giant clam by a filipino diver off the coast of Palawan Island in the Phillipines. While not technically a considered a gemstone, The Pearl of Allah is nonetheless organic and found in nature. The pearl measures 24 centimeters in diameter and weighs about 14 pounds!

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The Andamooka Opal

This giant opal was given to the Queen in 1954 from the people of South Australia. It is regarded as the largest and most vibrant opal ever discovered.

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The Medusa Emerald

The Medusa Emerald was discovered in 2008 in Zambia. The crystals were originally encased in quartz – it took gem cutters several months to remove the quartz from the emerald crystals… millimeter by millimeter.

We hoped you enjoyed this list of fabulous gemstones. If you’re feeling inspired, check out the class listing for our upcoming flush setting workshop on May 10th & 11th!

 

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