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  1. T L
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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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  2. T L
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    38FD47E9-136E-410A-8407-60AC46126458.jpeg CDF21376-DDD3-4836-9353-2BDF34335FB8.jpeg 41C7C542-16B7-4F94-9EF8-997647987DD5.jpeg 28C6FFAB-9CEE-40C2-A53B-0FE75FFE8FF0.jpeg 4B2E1BE2-F30B-4780-87F8-79B5486A23FC.jpeg 03A70405-AA13-41C1-A791-C787E8147ADF.jpeg 6E7424AD-E50D-416A-8168-CD5D52CF2D88.jpeg 00B02D9F-22A7-4D05-A024-5F8AEA2CC4CA.jpeg Next, some emeralds. The chalk emerald was a beautiful color, albeit included. The Hooker emerald was so windowed, you could only see fine color around the edges. The Inquisition necklace was nice, but it was a pity that these fine gems had drill holes.
     
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    E8BDD967-03F1-4C54-BBEE-4629B2F318DB.jpeg 86F2D535-0AB2-480F-90CC-2D34CD765659.jpeg 131F0092-D81C-4DE9-8063-B7960FE22F62.jpeg CE17BCA1-8D6A-4C9A-BADB-87795157631D.jpeg The Carmen Lucia 21 carat ruby ring was gorgeous.
     
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    849A8C9F-23B1-4BE0-AEB7-2BEB0BA317FD.jpeg 7DAC1FA7-22ED-4DFE-B686-E9012A65B81C.jpeg 8F8C94B1-83B5-4239-9AFB-F667D2046F9A.jpeg 2E4E6390-EB05-4220-81AD-908728FB89AD.jpeg F5933167-520B-47FF-9EDB-B3F804BB902E.jpeg The Logan sapphire has an infamous window, and I love using it as an example of a windowed gem. Wow, what a window!! Some other sapphires as well.
     
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    2E3EB377-6ECD-4DE5-843A-12BAD5D1863C.jpeg 5B3E00E6-D582-4C4B-803F-2B6AB7DBEDDB.jpeg Some alexandrite. One was pretty (top photo) but too dark, and the others they had were muddy.
     
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    by ForteKitty » Aug 5, 2019
    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.
     
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    Now this was a gorgeous blue diamond!! The blue heart owned by Marjorie Post. It was a light blue, but it was actually BLUE!! F3D6C0BA-6C79-4D14-98F6-9EC208151B6F.jpeg
     
  8. Jujeh
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    by Jujeh » Aug 5, 2019
    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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    7AC1C956-6448-41A4-9778-54181FEC26BF.jpeg 60F2019F-C626-4419-A2FE-3F27A6A83BB9.jpeg E264DF83-4A35-43E8-96C8-9EDAED9D668D.jpeg 813C090A-E278-4E3D-A34A-F1BE3DC1E92C.jpeg C820ED53-C081-4222-933B-5C024D831885.jpeg 69D58FC2-06BD-43C1-8CD1-EEE493C24DAC.jpeg 117CAF73-C305-4FE3-BA16-9281B985D867.jpeg 8D578AFC-50AF-4C1E-9926-7771BF306E73.jpeg A red diamond that looked exactly like a pyrope garnet (very very underwhelming), and some much nicer colored diamonds.
     
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    4C8E05CB-BA49-4A1C-B2A9-8EAAE8EEC962.jpeg 543C4611-897F-4568-B3BA-199EFF2E7F46.jpeg 04742154-3ACF-4EEB-99E6-0C80BF10C5B8.jpeg A gorgeous huge Russian demantoid.
     
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    by distracts » Aug 5, 2019
    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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    by T L » Aug 5, 2019
    E9CCB7AA-1533-4CE4-9863-F60C5C550FAD.jpeg Two lonely spinels!! They really need to add more to their collection!
     
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    Yes, the Natural History Museum. The demantoid blew the sapphires away.
     
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    by ForteKitty » Aug 5, 2019
    That Victoria-Transvaal is so STUNNING I had dreams about it for weeks :love:
     
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    How big was the demantoid?
     
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    CDB78013-9823-44CC-A96A-F8BF039A7422.jpeg More emeralds,9 and 28 carats, Colombia.
     
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    I think like 7 carats!!!
     
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    omg want
     
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    You and me both. It was one of my favorite gems there.
     
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    It may be time for us to arrange a PS Heist... ahem I mean get-together.

    :twisted2:
     
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    by pwsg07 » Aug 6, 2019
    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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    Thanks @T L !

    Such delicious eye candy! :kiss2:
     
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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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    For some reason my camera made the asterism less sharp looking. It was very sharp and well defined IRL.
     
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    3A573075-430B-4A91-AA41-4B8DE0080BF1.jpeg E850637B-7F14-4BEE-BBC6-D15A4ECE56FB.jpeg I’m sorry, the demantoid was around 11 carats!! Here a pic of it from more of a distance. It was one amazing gem.
     
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    Some more, including a picture of my 16 and 13 year old boys next to a huge crystal for size comparison.
     
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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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