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Dom Pedro Aquamarine
The Dom Pedro, the largest faceted aquamarine, weighs 10,363 carats and measures 14 inches tall and 4 inches wide at the base. Photo courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution.

The Dom Pedro, the largest faceted aquamarine, weighs 10,363 carats and measures 14 inches tall and 4 inches wide at the base. Photo courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution.

A side view of the Dom Pedro aquamarine. Photo courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution.

A side view of the Dom Pedro aquamarine. Photo courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution.

The Dom Pedro aquamarine with reflection. Photo courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution.

The Dom Pedro aquamarine with reflection. Photo courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution.

The Dom Pedro aquamarine. Photo courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution.

The Dom Pedro aquamarine. Photo courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution.

The Dom Pedro aquamarine crystal and faceted gem. Photo courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution.

The Dom Pedro aquamarine crystal and faceted gem. Photo courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution.

The Dom Pedro gem superimposed on the Dom Pedro crystal. Photo courtesy of Bernd Munsteiner.

The Dom Pedro gem superimposed on the Dom Pedro crystal. Photo courtesy of Bernd Munsteiner.

The largest piece of the original crystal mined in Pedra Azul, Minas Gerais, Brazil was approximately two feet in length and weighed almost 60 pounds. Photo courtesy of Bernd Munsteiner.

The largest piece of the original crystal mined in Pedra Azul, Minas Gerais, Brazil was approximately two feet in length and weighed almost 60 pounds. Photo courtesy of Bernd Munsteiner.

The original aquamarine crystal, broken in three places but lined up together, measured approximately 1 meter in length. Photo courtesy of Bernd Munsteiner.

The original aquamarine crystal, broken in three places but lined up together, measured approximately 1 meter in length. Photo courtesy of Bernd Munsteiner.

Agenor Tavares with the original aquamarine crystal. Photo courtesy of Tony Kampf.

Agenor Tavares with the original aquamarine crystal. Photo courtesy of Tony Kampf.

Natural hollow tube inclusions inside the Dom Pedro Aquamarine. Photo courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution.

Natural hollow tube inclusions inside the Dom Pedro Aquamarine. Photo courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution.

A close-up of the natural hollow tube inclusions inside the Dom Pedro Aquamarine.  Photo courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution.

A close-up of the natural hollow tube inclusions inside the Dom Pedro Aquamarine. Photo courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution.

The Dom Pedro aquamarine on exhibit at the Smithsonian. Photo courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution.

The Dom Pedro aquamarine on exhibit at the Smithsonian. Photo courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution.

The Dom Pedro aquamarine on exhibit at the Smithsonian. Photo courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution.

The Dom Pedro aquamarine in its case at the Smithsonian. Photo courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution.

Tom Munsteiner, Bernd Munsteiner, Dr. Jeffrey Post, and Jürgen Henn at the Munsteiner workshop in Idar-Oberstein, Germany. Photo courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution.

Tom Munsteiner, Bernd Munsteiner, Dr. Jeffrey Post, and Jürgen Henn at the Munsteiner workshop in Idar-Oberstein, Germany. Photo courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution.



 

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