As of March 7th, 2014, the Smithsonian Institution's National Gem and Mineral Collection in Washington, D.C., became the new home to two high profile gemstone specimens- two rare Czarite gemstones, each weighing a whopping 159.33 carats and 44.48 carats, respectively.
The Czarite gemstones were donated by Milenyum Mining, operator of the only Czarite mine. Czarite is exclusively mined in Turkey. The Czarite gemstones acquired by the Smithsonian are an especially rare find due to the gemstone's color changing properties and carat weight. The donation allows the public to view these rare stones, and gives scientists the opportunity to study the minerals.
The addition of the newly mined Czarite gemstones are just two of the examples of exquisite gemstones the Smithsonian Institution has to offer in it's collection of 350,000 mineral samples and 10,000 gems. The museum is has also been home to the Hope Diamond since 1958. The Hope Diamond is the infamous gemstone once part of the French crown jewels and formerly owned by world renowned jewelry designer, Harry Winston. The Hope Diamond alone is one of the most visited exhibits of any other gemstone collection in the world.
To catch a glimpse of the beauty of the Hope Diamond, watch the video of "The Hope Diamond" as it rotates live on display within the Smithsonian Institution.
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