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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History 2018 Visit

In 2018, I made an additional trip to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. I wanted to photograph several additional iconic mineral and gemstone specimens in their collection on display in the gem and mineral halls. I also wanted to add some more rare and unusual minerals to the mineral detail pages of Minerals.net.


The post below contains some additional favorites of mine in the collection that I did not include in the coverage of my previous Smithsonian visit. These include interesting minerals and rarities.


Please view some of our earlier posts from our visit to the Smithsonian in 2015 by clicking here.


The Oppenheimer Diamond, a very large yellow Diamond Crystal at 253.7 carats Dutoitspan Mine, Kimberley, South Africa
The Oppenheimer Diamond, a very large yellow Diamond Crystal at 253.7 carats!
From the Dutoitspan Mine, Kimberley, South Africa

Metatorbernite from Shinkolobwe Mine, Shaba, D.R. Congo
Metatorbernite from Shinkolobwe Mine, Shaba, D.R. Congo

Meta-autunite from the Daybreak Mine, Spokane, Washington
Meta-autunite from the Daybreak Mine, Spokane, Washington

Romanechite from Marquette County, Michigan
Romanechite from Marquette County, Michigan

Ludlockite with Smithsonite from Tsumeb, Namibia
Ludlockite with Smithsonite from Tsumeb, Namibia

Michigan Copper from the Keweenaw Peninsula Region
Azurite with Malachite from Tsumeb, Namibia

Purple Calcite Twinned Crystals from Joplin, Missouri
Purple Calcite Twinned Crystals from Joplin, Missouri

Elbaite Tourmaline Crystals with Quartz and Calcite from the Tourmaline King Mine, San Diego Co., California
Elbaite Tourmaline Crystals with Quartz and Calcite
From the Tourmaline King Mine, San Diego Co., California

Giant Red Elbaite Tourmaline from Mozambique
Giant Red Elbaite Tourmaline from Mozambique

Unusual Fibrous Elbaite Tourmaline% Crystals from Minas Gerais, Brazil
Unusual Fibrous Elbaite Tourmaline Crystals from Minas Gerais, Brazil

Hydroxyl-Herderite from Virgem da Lapa, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Hydroxyl-Herderite from Virgem da Lapa, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Microcline var. Amazonite with Albite from the Keyhole Vug, Crystal Peak, Florrisant, Colorado
Microcline var. Amazonite from the Keyhole Vug, Crystal Peak, Florrisant, Colorado

Light Colored Wulfenite from Tsumeb, Namibia
Light Colored Wulfenite from Tsumeb, Namibia

Yellow Diamond Octahedral Crystal from Murfreesboro, Arkansas
Yellow Diamond Octahedral Crystal from Murfreesboro, Arkansas

Brown and White Diamond Crystals from Murfreesboro, Arkansas
Brown and White Diamond Crystals from Murfreesboro, Arkansas

White Diamond Crystal from Huntsville, Walker Co, Texas
White Diamond Crystal from Huntsville, Walker Co, Texas

Malachite and Azurite Polished Slice from Morenci, Arizona
Malachite and Azurite Polished Slice from Morenci, Arizona

Phosphophyllite Crystal and Cut Gem from Potosi, Bolivia
Phosphophyllite Crystal and Cut Gem from Potosi, Bolivia

Large Wulfenite Crystal Plate with Mimetite from the San Francisco Mine, Sonora, Mexico
Large Wulfenite Crystal Plate with Mimetite from the San Francisco Mine, Sonora, Mexico

Forsterite (Olivine) var. Peridot, Crystals and Cut Gemstones From Zabargad Island, Red Sea, Egypt
Forsterite (Olivine) var. Peridot Crystals and Cut Gemstones
From Zabargad Island, Red Sea, Egypt

Calcite and Quartz var. Amethyst from Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Calcite and Quartz var. Amethyst from Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

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