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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

African Gems

African Gems (NMNH G10160, G10162, G10182)
Photo by Chip Clark. Click to zoom.
SpecimenCatalog NumberLocalityWeight
Elbaite (var. rubellite)NMNH G10162-00Zambia39.49 ct
ElbaiteNMNH G10160-00Namibia54.74 ct
Beryl (var. aquamarine)NMNH G10182-00Mozambique65.35 ct
SpessartineNMNH G10170-00Zambia13.92 ct
SpessartineNMNH G10172-00Zambia9.73 ct
GrossularNMNH G10178-00Kenya6.72 ct

Gift of Marc and Lily Sarosi in 2000.

In 2000, Marc and Lily Sarosi generously gifted to the National Gem Collection a suite of 25 gemstones from Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia,Tanzania and Zambia, six of which are pictured here. This suite that included tourmalines, garnets, and an aquamarine provided an important upgrade to our holdings of African gems in the National Gem Collection.

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