The Smithsonian contains a vast collection of rough and faceted gemstones, with some outstanding pieces that are truly world-class. This post shows some of the iconic gems and gemstones in the collection.
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The Famous Blue Hope Diamond
The Gachala Emerald
from Colombia, at 828 ct.
This is one of the largest Emeralds in the World
Giant Gem Topaz
Crystal of 111 Lbs
Gemstones from Hotazel, South Africa
Crystals from the Hiddenite Mine, Stony Point, North Carolina
Crystal from Volodark, Zhitomir, Ukraine
from Brazil, Rough and Faceted
Showing Amazing Color Sheen from Nain, Nefoundland, Canada
Incredible Iris Agate
Cat's Eye Elbaite Tourmaline
from Minas Gerais, Brazil
"Candelabra" with Albite
From the Tourmaline Queen Mine, San Diego Co., California
Large Blue Topaz
Crystal from Mursinka, Ekaterinburg, Urals, Russia