The National Gem Collection
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Be Dazzled. The National Gem Collection showcases our most fascinating gems and historical jewels! Discover “who knew?” information by curator Dr. Jeffrey E. Post. Paperback; 144 pages; 124 photographs; 10" x 10"
Gems accumulate history. The very stone that once adorned a king or queen might today be set in someone’s cocktail ring. (The history of the Hope Diamond includes a stint in the French Crown Jewels, a daring theft, two recuttings, and purchase by an English king.) The astonishing replica collections presented on these next pages—a mere sampling of the extraordinary holdings in our National Museum of Natural History’s National Gem Collection—let you dazzle in their reflected glory.
Every Smithsonian purchase will arrive with a museum provenance card explaining how it is adapted from or inspired by an object or objects in our collection.
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