Thursday, January 12, 2017

National Gem Collection - The Smithsonian

The National Museum of Natural History is located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. It is the most visited natural history museum in the world, and most visited museum in North America.
Opened in 1910, the museum on the National Mall was one of the first Smithsonian buildings constructed exclusively to hold the national collections and research facilities.

The museum's collections total over 126 million specimens of plants, animals, fossils, minerals, rocks, meteorites, and human cultural artifacts.


“Born of fluid, heat, and pressure, minerals and gems dazzle us with their breathtaking colors, shapes, and diversity.”

These words welcome visitors to the gem and mineral displays.


Spessartine garnet

58.19-carat Maharani Cat’s Eye - Chrysoberyl

Quartz (Ametrine)

11.24 carat demantoid garnet from Russia

16.79-carat orangey-pink spinel from Tajikistan

Intense yellow fluorite from Tanzania

Turkish diaspore

17.08-carat Whitney Alexandrite