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D44A9429-76A7-40B8-BDEC-4B658D898B14.jpeg 2FA2BCBC-5105-405B-9CCE-7D3BE2CC4298.jpeg C813F307-9BF3-46F0-AA2A-B445B1CD7726.jpeg 5B781AA9-C431-49B8-B9EB-FEB92D2E29E6.jpeg I was recently at the Smithdonian and I wanted to post some pictures here and share with my fellow gem lovers!! First up, the Hope. Extremely grey with specks of blue flash. I was underwhelmed. It really looks this grey in person. It reminded me of some grey spinel I’ve seen,
 

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I felt the exact same way about the Hope diamond. So underwhelming. I'm sure the yellow lighting doesn't do it any favors but it was just so... Bleh.
 

Jujeh

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I'm still a huge fan of the hope diamond. :love:

Thanks for posting ... each one blows me away more than the last. I am a big fan of the hooker emerald and the huge alexandrites!! Even if they aren't the best color.
 
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Not sure whether I like the demantoid or the sapphire necklace with many sapphires best... so wow

These are at the Natural History Museum, yes? I want to make sure to have it right since I'm going in a couple of months.
 

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Not sure whether I like the demantoid or the sapphire necklace with many sapphires best... so wow

These are at the Natural History Museum, yes? I want to make sure to have it right since I'm going in a couple of months.
Yes, the Natural History Museum. The demantoid blew the sapphires away.
 

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That Victoria-Transvaal is so STUNNING I had dreams about it for weeks :love:
 
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The star of Asia and the huge star ruby are my favorite. They are highly translucent. The star of Asia has a completed well centered star. There is an amazing huge Jadeite vase. There is the star of Bombay which the gin is named after it.
 

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Great pics, thanks for taking the time to post them! :)

I am seriously liking Emeralds at the moment :love: but I think @jordyonbass would probably prefer the opals ;-) lol
 

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Is it bad that I recognized the names of the famous jewels without having to scroll down? :kiss2:

Everything is lovely except the Hope, which looks so dead. :eek2:
 

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The star of Asia and the huge star ruby are my favorite. They are highly translucent. The star of Asia has a completed well centered star. There is an amazing huge Jadeite vase. There is the star of Bombay which the gin is named after it.
For some reason my camera made the asterism less sharp looking. It was very sharp and well defined IRL.
 

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Thank you for all the pics!

There are so many different things that are shiny and pretty :D lol

What is this, though??
 
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