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  1. Nosean
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    This is fire agate.
     
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    by T L » Aug 7, 2019
    Fire agate
     
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    Thanks for the confirmation, both! :)
     
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    1579CB38-64B8-4E08-BBC8-C4E57A545F93.jpeg 7CAAF779-3DF4-4CF5-8282-1DF1E8FBED33.jpeg 0D5EDC19-E35A-42AD-8AF2-90EB033F45D5.jpeg DA1FD220-66CB-4869-B84F-B4AF31FAF02A.jpeg 9649C85E-6E7A-4D1A-B703-725BFC082FDF.jpeg D92CEB39-9292-466F-BE0F-ECCA0A2DC8C5.jpeg 8B73C70B-071B-4056-B8E1-A8BAA7D43D28.jpeg 3DD45F3E-BB6A-4B31-A75F-3AF916E3A0CF.jpeg Here’s some miscellaneous gem and crystal cases. Obviously you’re not going to see everything up close, but for those who have never been, this gives an idea what to expect. They had zillions of cases like these.
     
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    by pammbw » Aug 7, 2019
    Love the gem collection at the Natural History Museum! It's truly one of my favorite places in the world. The Smithsonian has an incredible collection! I visit several times a year, both the art museum and the gem collection. My happy places.

    If one looks at the Hope Diamond simply as a gem then yes it can be underwhelming, as it is the history of the gem that is the most interesting. Indian Maharaja, French Revolutions, curses, tragic socialites and many deaths attached to the gem give it a magical presence. It weaves its spell on you the minute you rest your gaze on it.

    My other favorites are Empress Josephines emeralds and her turquoise and diamond tiara. Stunning bits of turquoise! The opals are a big favorite too. Really wish they would include more pearls!! The history of the gems and how they came into the collection is fascinating also.
     
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    by T L » Aug 7, 2019
    A1311F40-F5AD-4D4D-B772-10F483D15447.jpeg I obviously could have stood all day in there, and the national art museum, but my family has absolutely no interest in gems and crystals, and my daughter loves art, but the men in my life rather watch sports or video games.:lol:

    I’m so happy I got to see her though.
     
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    by T L » Aug 7, 2019
    CFB3989E-2D24-4573-8CE8-C2DDBD0C8B36.jpeg I took a horrible picture of Empress Josephine’s pieces, much nicer in person.
     
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    by smitcompton » Aug 9, 2019
    Hi,

    Thanks so much TL. This was a true picker-upper for me today. I admit that I like to see the imperfections in the gems. It reminds me of my own collection.

    Annette
     
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    by stracci2000 » Aug 9, 2019
    Ooooh! DaVinci! What a thrill it must have been to see this one!
    Years ago we visited the Smithsonian--when the gems and minerals were closed for renovation! They only had the Hope on display. So disappointing.
    But I got to see all the great paintings! To see a famous painting in real life, that you've only ever seen in books, is so exciting! I got dizzy from being in the midst of them all.
    Of course I love all the gems. Thanks for all the great photos!
     
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    by LilAlex » Aug 9, 2019
    Ha! Even the Smithsonian can't find a decent alexandrite. Maybe alert them to the recommended vendor list :D
     
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    by LilAlex » Aug 9, 2019
    I remember this being gorgeous. Maybe they unplugged it...
     
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    Lol, It was still better than our national history museum’s alexandrite. Ours looks like a faceted obsidian with brown undertones!!!
     
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    by T L » Aug 9, 2019
    Nah, my pictures can’t lie. It was super grey. The pale blue heart diamond was much nicer. The Hope is a historic gem though.
     
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    Oh I know, I was in awe, especially the Da Vinci, Rembrandts and Vermeers.
     
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    by stracci2000 » Aug 9, 2019
    I was also in awe of the Vermeers. Girl with a Red Hat---OMG
    And so many of my favorites, Manet, Fragonard, Sargent, Turner, Gainsborough, etc, etc.
    I had to take deep breaths to keep my composure!
     
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    by Arcadian » Aug 10, 2019
    I'll be in the area in September (and will make time to see these...I couldn't last time!) Thank you for the pictures, it just whets the appetite...lol
     
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    by Arkteia » Aug 11, 2019
    Great! Love museum threads!
    @TL, is that the branch of Smithsonian that has red diamond there?
     
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    by jordyonbass » Aug 11, 2019
    You know me too well....
    *Starts looking for rough Opal packages with Smithsonian quality pieces*
    :saint:
     
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    by T L » Aug 11, 2019
    Yes, and I mentioned the red diamond with a photo of it in this thread. I do not care for red diamonds in particular and this one was horrible. It looked exactly like a poor quality dark pyrope.
     
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    by T L » Aug 11, 2019
    C4C4A9D5-5669-47FA-944D-39E79377FDB6.jpeg This was the most red flash I could get out of this red diamond. The rest of it was a very dark brownish black color. This was with its very own bright spot light.
     
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    by T L » Aug 11, 2019
    So in retrospect, my favorite pieces were the emeralds (not the Hooker though), the blue heart diamond, the Carmen Lucia ruby and all the ruby pieces in the same case, the opal case, and other miscellaneous diamond pieces with the exception of the red diamond and the Hope. It was exciting to see the Hope though because it was like seeing a very famous celebrity, albeit an unattractive one, lol!

    The gem collections in my city museums pale in comparison.

    Oh...and that 11 carat Russian demantoid :love::love::love:
     
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    They’re not gems, but they had several moon rocks and some moon dust in the nearby corridor, very very cool from a scientific standpoint. I also enjoyed the meteorites.
     
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    I think the widmanstatten (spelling?) lines in meteors are awesome :))
     
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    Was the demantoid turning around? There was one...if it was that one, how did you manage to capture it?

    Are you in DC? The reason I am asking, I have seen the DC and the NYC Smithsonians, and I don’t remember what was where, except for the dinosaurs.

    If you are in DC, there is a wonderful Marjorie Post’s Museum there.
     
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    I’m back home, but I have to go back!! I need to see way more!!

    The demantoid wasn’t turning around, but it had a nice case. It was very special. They could keep their Russian alexandrite, this was a fine example if a Russian gem, or any gem for that matter. It wasn’t glowy like the emeralds, but imagine a fine tsavorite green with tons of fire.

    I don’t recall seeing any paraiba, but my kids kept trying to get me moving along as they were bored. :confused2:
     
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    by MissyBeaucoup » Aug 13, 2019
    When I went, I was fascinated by the huge rutile crystals they had. There is a lot of information about how rocks are formed and mined. It’s such a great place to learn.

    Thanks for the great photos!
     
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    by boerumbiddy » Aug 14, 2019
    The Carmen Lucia is my favorite ruby, I think! Actually bought the gift shop copy and the prongs are all wrong.
     
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    by T L » Aug 14, 2019
    I find those mass produced copies never to be fully accurate. There is a YouTuber that adores everything Liz Taylor, and has custom made fakes of some of her pieces. They’re exquisite reproductions.
     
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