Famous Gems The Dresden Green

The Dresden Green is 41 carats. Ithe-dresden-greent is the largest naturally green diamond known. It is named after Dresden, Germany where it has been on display for most of the last two centuries. As it appears with famous gems, The Dresden Green was stolen during WWII from Germany’s Green Vaults by a Russian organization. The Dresden gem was later returned and now residents again in Germany’s Green Vaults.

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Famous Gems The Cullinan Diamond

the-cullinan-diamondAt the time this diamond was discovered in South Africa, the Cullinan was the largest diamond ever found. It weighs 530.20 carats and has 76 facets. It was cut into more than 100 smaller pieces, the nine largest are in the British Royal Family’s Crown Jewels. The Star of Africa holds the place of 2nd largest cut diamond in the world and is on display with the other Crown Jewels in the Tower of London. Very interesting history on the Cullinan diamond.

Famous Gem The Star of India

star-of-indiaThe Star of India is in the American Museum of Natural History. It is 563 carats and the world’s largest gem-quality blue star sapphire. It is estimated to be about 2 billion years old, it is also one of the most well-known objects in the world. The gem is about the size of a golf ball. In 1964 on Halloween it was stolen from the American Museum of Natural History and found a few days later in a Miami bus terminal locker.

Famous Gems The LaPeregrina Pearl

laperegrina-pearlThe word La Peregrina is Spanish and translates to, The Wanderer. The gem was found by an African slave on the Santa Margarita  coast in the Gulf of Panama in the mid-16th century. The pearl is the size of a quail egg. It is truly amazing that it still exits considering the hands that owned it through its history. From many royals to Richard Burton who purchased it in 1969 at a Sotheby’s auction for $37,000. He gave it to Elizabeth Taylor his wife for Valentine’s Day celebrating their first marriage. In December 2011 at a Christie’s auction it was sold for a record $11.8 million. more