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Our trip to Washington, DC included a must visit at the Natural History Museum. We had a big surprise seeing the endless waiting line to get inside. The museum is wonderful and has fascinating things for both kids and adults. One of the most popular exhibits is probably the Hall of Geology, Gems and Minerals where you can see some of the most valuable gems in the world. The center of attraction is the Hope Diamond.
This 45.52 carat deep-blue diamond, also known as “Le Bijou du Roi” or “Le bleu de France” has a long and mysterious history. Based on the gem’s first known owner, French merchant J.B. Tavernier the gemstone originated in India. It passed through several owners before was brought to US by Mrs. Evalyn Walsh McLean. The current Cartier setting has the diamond surrounded by 16 white diamonds and it hangs on a chain of 45 diamonds.
Just breath taking!