The Smithsonian National Gem Collection Unearthed: Surprising Stories Behind the Jewels explores the scandals, mysteries, and human stories behind the world's greatest gems. Brought to life by the curator of the Smithsonian's National Gem Collection, Dr. Jeffrey E. Post, fact is separated from fiction in this original book that reveals fresh information and regales the reader with anecdotes and tales of some of the world's greatest and most famous gemstones. Dr. Post tells the stories of the Smithsonian's most famous gems, including the Hope Diamond, Star of Asia Sapphire, Carmen Lucia Ruby, Hooker Emerald, and Blue Heart Diamond—and also presents the tales, details, and fascinating facts surrounding rarely displayed gems from the Smithsonian vault and additions made to the collection since 1997.
The Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History is the world's preeminent museum and research complex dedicated to inspiring curiosity, discovery, and learning about the natural world through its unparalleled research, collections, exhibitions and educational outreach programs. The Janet Annenberg Hooker Hall of Geology, Gems, and Minerals houses the vast National Gem Collection.