Thursday, April 24, 2014

America's Crown Jewels

To continue my post about the sights we enjoyed at the Natural History Museum, I just wanted to share one of my favorite exhibits.  Now, America isn't a monarchy so technically I guess we don't have crown jewels.  However, we do have a pretty impressive collection of gemstones that I think rival any nation's jewels.  Sorry, England, but I do think these gemstones are as impressive as some of your quite gaudy collection.  Ha!  This collection is more to emphasize the beauty of the natural formation of these wonderful works of natural art.  The sheer size and brilliance of some of these stones is just so breathtaking.  And yes, call me materialistic if you want, but I wouldn't mind one or two of these pieces in my own collection.

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The Hope Diamond is the most famous piece of the collection, but I don't think it is the most impressive.  Apparently, it has been more modernly fitted into a setting very similar to the Titantic diamond.  The Hope Diamond is an impressive 45.52 carat blue diamond from India.  It is also surrounded by 16 white diamonds and hangs from a platinum chain bearing 46 more diamonds.   
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I began to have a love affair with aquamarines when my first son was born in March.  The beautiful light blue aquamarine is March's birthstone.  Eddie actually gave me a pendant for one of my first mother's days. The size and brilliance of this large aquamarine sculpture was breathtaking.  I had a really hard time capturing the beauty of these stones in their glass cases.  
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This beautiful American Golden Topaz gets the award for the largest cut gem in the collection and one of the largest in the world at over 22,000 carats! 
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Beautiful yellow diamond necklace, earrings, and ring...I'll take two please!  ;-) 

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A gorgeous emerald pendant. 

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Quite possibly my favorite single piece in the collection although the picture does not do it justice.  It is actually a blue emerald cut aquamarine and is just such a clear blue color.  The picture just makes it look more green. 
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Some dazzling Harry Winston diamonds, anyone?  There are 325 diamonds in this platinum necklace weighing 131.4 carats.  Yes, designed by none other than Harry Winston himself. 
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The Pearson Diamond is a 16.72 carat nearly flawless, colorless diamond from South Africa. 
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A Blue Heart Diamond ring weighing 30.62 carats from South Africa.

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Another of my favorite pieces.  I just love the color of champagne diamonds. 

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I don't think the picture of this uncut and cut diamond does it justice.  The cut diamond is the largest cut diamond in the collection.  Way bigger than the Hope Diamond at 127 carats. 

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Alexandrites are another of my favorite stones for their ability to change from purple to blue.  They are one of June's two birthstones.  My mom was born in June, and she gave me a beautiful Alexandrite ring that she brought back from overseas.  

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Trying to get Evan to cooperate for a picture in front of this large piece of quartz. 
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I would just be content with this "little" aquamarine for Mother's Day this year.  Hint Hint! 
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A Wall of Gold!
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Even some from NC. 

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6 comments:

  1. Oh how pretty! I would love to see all those beautiful jewels in person.

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    1. They definitely look better in person. :-)

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  2. Just beautiful. I will take one of each please.

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    1. Haha! Me too. I think we deserve it. Now someone needs to tell our husbands. ;-)

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  3. These are lovely. It's fun to day-dream about wearing them.

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  4. These are beautiful and I echo Tracy's sentiments that I'd like to see them in person. I think I'd be too nervous to ever enjoy wearing any of these though!

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