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Beyond Hope: Some Other Notable Diamonds at the Smithsonian Institution—Part 2

Photos by Chip Clark, courtesy Smithsonian Institution

The National Gem Collection, housed in the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History, is home to more than 11,000 gemstones and jewelry pieces. Although the most famous by far is the Hope Diamond, there are many other notable diamonds, including the Victoria-Transvaal and the Cullinan Blue.

Russell C. Feather II is the collection manager of the National Gem Collection in the Department of Mineral Sciences at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution.

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