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Monday, December 3, 2012

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"Like a gemmy Washington Monument."

The biggest, sparkliest aquamarine — named Dom Pedro — will go on display this week at the Smithsonian. Today, The Washington Post tells its story, which began in Brazil:

When found, the Dom Pedro crystal stretched more than three feet long and weighed something close to 100 pounds. Sometime in the late 1980s a garimpero, or prospector, spied it. He and two buddies pried it loose and lugged it out of a mine in the state of Minas Gerais, famous for its gemstones.

And then, guess what? THEY DROPPED IT. But it turned out to be a blessing, or something, and a bunch of white people were still rich, including a Palm Beach couple named Jane & Jeff who recently donated it to the museum. "Or so the story goes." You just have to read it. Or watch Romancing the Stone, which is not the same story, but remember how much fun it was?

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I'm Right on Top of that, Rose

Ugh I'm such a gem fiend. Not in a wearing-them-on-my-body sort of way, but in the way that I wanted to be a gemologist when I grew up. Seeing the Hope Diamond when I was 10 was revelatory. This is all so interesting.

fondue with cheddar

How long will it take for someone to make a sparkly Dom Pedro dildo? Without the sharp edges.

fondue with cheddar

Also, aquamarine is my birthstone and I've always hated it because it's so blah. But this is such a pretty color! I guess it has to be big?

Ophelia

Is this the bus to Cartagena?

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