The Previous Life of the Hope Diamond
February 20, 2014 | Smithsonian.com
Smithsonian.com has an interesting article that traces the history of the Hope Diamond, the famous blue stone that is one of the most popular exhibits at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum. The article focuses on how the Hope Diamond was once (in the late 17th century) a larger stone with a very different cut and known as the "French Blue", a gem in the personal collection of King Louis XIV of France.
Sapphire Mining in Madagascar
September 23, 2013 | Gemological Institute of America
The Gemological Institute of America has an article about mining sapphires from the Ilakaka-Sakaraha deposit - the world’s largest sapphire producer.
Related: Corundum - The Mineral of Sapphire and Ruby
Wankel T. Rex at the Smithsonian
July 4, 2013 | Newsroom of the Smithsonian
The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History announced that it has reached a 50-year loan agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to transfer a Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton to the Smithsonian for eventual display in the museum’s new dinosaur hall, scheduled to open in 2019. The skeleton is one of the most complete T. rex specimens ever discovered. It was found by Kathy Wankel, a rancher, near the Fort Peck Reservoir in eastern Montana.