This spotlighted Smithsonian Affiliate represents the strong partnerships the Smithsonian continues to build across the country through Affiliations.
Perot Museum of Nature and Science (Dallas, Texas)
Never before seen together, nearly 30 magnificent, Texas-sized gems from the Smithsonian Institution’s world-renowned National Gem Collection are now on display in the Lyda Hill Gems and Minerals Hall on Level 3 of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas.
The mineral masterpieces, many weighing over 1,000-plus carats, include an American Golden topaz that tips the scales at more than 23,000 carats (more than 10 pounds), a blue topaz "football" of nearly 7,000 carats, kunzite Tiffany necklace created by Paloma Picasso, a Mogul emerald diamond necklace and more.
This temporary installation marks the first time such a large collection of Smithsonian gems, some of which have never been displayed in any museum, will be on exhibit outside the famed Washington museum complex. Giant Gems of the Smithsonian is open through January 17, 2017.
The Perot Museum is just one of the amazing organizations in our network of 215 Affiliates in 46 states, Puerto Rico and Panama.