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American Museum of Natural History Visit: Part 5 - Morgan Hall of Gems

The Morgan Memorial Hall of Gems in the American Museum of Natural History is a room within the museum mineral hall filled with both natural and cut gemstones. There are many famous gemstones in the collection. The Star of India, one of the centerpieces of the hall, is a 563 carat Star Sapphire, one of the largest such gems in the world. The DeLong Star Ruby is a 100 carat Star Ruby with bright color and strong asterism. The Patricia Emerald is a very large iconic Colombian Emerald crystal at 632 carats. These highlights are but a fraction of the gemstones in the vast collection, with many additional outstanding pieces on display.


According to the museum website, the hall of gemstones, which closed in October this year, is scheduled to reopen in the fall of 2019 after extensive renovations, as the Allison and Roberto Mignone Halls of Gems and Minerals.


Multicolored Faceted Sapphire Gemstones, with a large Padparadschah in the Top Center
Multicolored Faceted Sapphire Gemstones, with a large Padparadschah in the Top Center

Ruby Crystals from from Afghanistan and Myanmar (Burma)
Ruby Crystals from Afghanistan and Myanmar (Burma)

The Famous Patrica Emerald
The Famous Patrica Emerald

Harmotome from Dunbarton, Scotland
The Star of India, a Superb Star Sapphire

The Midnight Star, a Purple Star Sapphire (Top), and DeLong Star Ruby (bottom)
The Midnight Star, a Purple Star Sapphire (Top), and DeLong Star Ruby (bottom)

Large Cats Eye Chrysoberyl from Sri Lanka (85 Carats)
Large Cat's Eye Chrysoberyl from Sri Lanka (85 Carats)

Diamond%} Crystals in Conglomerate Matrix from Minas Gerais, Brazil
Diamond Crystals in Conglomerate Matrix from Minas Gerais, Brazil

Another Diamond in Conglomerate Matrix from Brazil. (Can you find the Diamond?)
Another Diamond in Conglomerate Matrix from Brazil. (Can you find the Diamond?)

Diamond in Kimberlite Matrix from the Mir Pipe, Russia
Diamond in Kimberlite Matrix from the Mir Pipe, Russia

Diamond in Kimberlite Matrix from Kimberley, South Africa
Diamond in Kimberlite Matrix from Kimberley, South Africa

Exhibit Case of Quartz Gemstones
Exhibit Case of Quartz Gemstones

Exhibit Case of Tourmaline Gemstones
Exhibit Case of Tourmaline Gemstones

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