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49-Carat ‘Whitney Flame Topaz’ at the Smithsonian Museum

by Henry Elfering |

A gem you really have to see to believe it. The color and beauty of this gemstone is astounding, making it a gem that is probably one of the finest in the world. It is truly one of Mother Earth’s treasures. Unearthed from the topaz mines in Ouro Preto in Brazil where 1 to 2 percent of all imperial topaz are of gem quality making this truly a special gemstone. It has a rich vivid red color. Traces of chromium were imbedded in the topaz crystal as it grew in the earth resulting in its unusual intense red color.

The museum was fortunate enough to acquire this beautiful Imperial 48.86-carat red “Whitney Flame Topaz,” from philanthropist Coralyn Wright Whitney who had owned this gorgeous gem for decades.  

If you get the chance do take a trip to the Washington DC Smithsonian Museum and treat yourself to this beautiful work by Mother Nature.

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