Diamonds are a girl’s best friend.
As a belated commemoration of Mother’s Day, this post is dedicated to all the moms who have the hardest job in the world–raising your kiddos to be decent, moral human beings. You are indeed the “jewels” of the world.
Just days before my 2nd trip (with my ex-before-last) to Washington D.C. a few years ago, I had spotted an article on cbsnews.com about a 23.1-carat ruby named “Carmen Lucia” making its debut at the Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History that week. Needless to say, it was added to the itinerary.
Upon our entrance inside the gallery, everyone seemed to be clamoring around a tall display, at what I initially thought was the “Carmen Lucia”. With camera flashes blinding our every turn, we waited ever so patiently for the crowd to dwindle down to finally sneak a glance. Housed within a 3-inch thick bulletproof glass was this:
Little did we know how completely awestruck we were going to be. As we meandered past throngs of people, we stopped in our tracks after spotting this gynormous “rock”:
423 carats from Sri Lanka
Written on the sign–“Among the world’s largest-known faceted blue sapphires, this extraordinary stone is the heaviest mounted gem in the National Gem Collection. It is framed by 20 diamonds totaling 16 carats.”
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The next 3 photos are a bit out of focus, and I teeter-tottered on posting because I, for one, find blurry photos a little annoying to look at (hmmm, is that my vision going or is it the photo?)….but figured you should have some idea of all the beauties we marveled at.
As far as the “Carmen Lucia”, unfortunately, we missed capturing its beauty on film. 🙁
We stumbled on this beast right as we were leaving. Good thing it didn’t have a pulse, otherwise there would have been quite a commotion. LOL.
To add to the surrealness, the gallery didn’t charge admission! Yep, it’s our tax dollars at work! And I just checked the museum’s website, the gem exhibit is still there! Moms: Plan to see these lovelies up close and personal.Tweet