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The Koh-I-Noor
It has been said that whoever owned the Koh-I-Noor ruled the world, a suitable statement for this, the most famous of all diamonds and a veritable household name in... read more
Le Grand Noir
Le Grand Noir literally translates into ‘The Big Black’ and that is exactly what this is. The Le Grand Noir is a 56.65 carat black diamond. This makes it one of the largest ge... read more


The Logan Sapphire Brooch
The 422.99-carat Logan Sapphire from Sri Lanka is the heaviest mounted gem in the National Gem Collection, and is framed in a brooch setting surrounded by twenty round... read more


The Mackay Emerald Necklace
The stunning 167.97-carat Mackay Emerald was mined in Muzo, Columbia. The largest cut emerald in the National Gem Collection, it is set in an Art Deco diamond... read more
The Mandalay Ruby
This 48.019-carat cushion-shaped ruby was offered for sale by Sotheby’s New York on October 18th, 1988 but received no bids. Sotheby’s implied that it may have been the... read more
The Maria Alexandrovna Sapphire Brooch
In the Great London Exhibition of 1862, a sapphire weighing 260.37 carats was purchased by Russian Emperor Alexander II and presented to his wife Empress Maria Ale... read more
The Midnight Star Ruby
This 116.75-carat deep purplish-red star ruby is part of the New York Museum of Natural History's collection, along with the Star of India, a very large star sapphire... read more
The Mogok Ruby
Known variously as the Alan Caplan Ruby or the Mogok Ruby, this 15.97-carat untreated Burmese stone was sold by Sotheby's of New York in October 18th, 1988 for... read more
The Mogul Emerald
The Mogul Emerald is one of the largest emeralds in the world. The rectangular cut tablet, which dates back to 1695, weighs 217.80 carats and is about 10 cm high. One... read more
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