Some famous stones in the Smithsonian
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There are magical gems and jewels in the Smithsonian collection — a joy to behold and an inspiration to modern jewellery designers in Sydney and around the world.
The Dom Pedro aquamarine
The Dom Pedro aquamarine was cut from a rough beryl crystal that weighed about 45 kg and was almost a metre long. It was mined in Pedra Azul in Brazil in the 1980s, named after Brazilian emperors Pedro I and II and, at over 10,000 carats is still the largest cut aquamarine in the world. (36 cm) tall by 4 inches (10 cm) wide. The jewel was donated to the Smithsonian in 2012 by Jane Mitchell and Jeffery Bland, whose careers were in the surgical tools and medical devices industry and who have retired to Florida.
The Gachalá Emerald
The 858-carat Gachalá Emerald was mined in 1967, in the Vega de San Juan mine in Gachalá, in Colombia and donated to the Smithsonian by jeweller Harry Winston in 1969.
The Logan Sapphire
The flawless Logan Sapphire is a deep blue Sri Lankan cushion-cut stone, which weighs 423 carats and is about the size of a hen’s egg. It is named after Mrs. Polly Logan, the philanthropist and influential Washington hostess, artist and patron of the arts, who donated the stone, set in a stunning brooch with 16 carats of diamonds, to the Smithsonian in 1960 after the death of her second husband, Army Colonel M. Robert Guggenheim, the heir to a family fortune in copper and US ambassador to Portugal in the 1950s.
The Napoleon Diamond Necklace
In 1811 Napoleon gave his second wife, Marie-Louise, this elegant silver and gold diamond necklace, designed by Etienne Nitôt and Sons of Paris, for the birth of their son. There are 234 diamonds from India or Brazil which are estimated to weigh about 263 carats. The necklace remained in the Hapsburg family until 1948, when Prince Franz Joseph of Liechtenstein, sold it to a French collector who sold it to Harry Winston, who sold it to Marjorie Merriweather Post in 1960. She donated it to the Smithsonian Institution in 1962.
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