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'Objects of Wonder': The long journey

We went to an exhibit titled “Objects of Wonder: From the Collections of the National Museum of Natural History,” an interesting display of items that examines how scientists use the Smithsonian collections to enlighten and illuminate our understanding of nature and human culture. I took a few pictures, but most of it was more appropriate for viewing and reading about than photographing.

This isn’t the most spectacular capture, but the emerald certainly was. From what I can tell, it was mined in Colombia by the Spanish, sent to India and carved for the Moguls (16th-19th centuries), embellished and set in diamonds in Paris in the 1920s, purchased by a person in New Jersey and bequeathed to the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.

'Objects of Wonder': Shoebills, posted earlier:

Nikon D810 ,Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
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Julie Oldfield16-Sep-2017 11:15
Stunning! V
janescottcumming14-Sep-2017 13:01
What a unique looking piece. V
larose forest photos14-Sep-2017 02:30
That is gorgeous!! You captured it glowingly. V
joseantonio13-Sep-2017 20:24
very nice piece and nice capture.V.
exzim13-Sep-2017 19:53
Sorry for the spelling 'beautifully'
exzim13-Sep-2017 19:51
Beautiful jewelley beautilly photographed
Tom Munson13-Sep-2017 16:24
Beautiful, piece of jewelry, Helen.
Patrick Goossens13-Sep-2017 15:52
This piece is loaded with history.
Jeff Real13-Sep-2017 15:48
You made your own art from this lovely piece
Jim Coffman13-Sep-2017 15:35
A very lovely and very colorful image!
Martin Lamoon13-Sep-2017 15:12
Spectacular. The colour is amazing
Chris Morton13-Sep-2017 14:59
nice emerald
victorswan13-Sep-2017 14:57
very nice image from this lovely jewel with so many diamonds and a fantastic emerald BV Helen
Nirvan Hope13-Sep-2017 14:47
I would never have guessed it was an emerald. So worldly! Perhaps the diamonds are from South Africa.
globalgadabout13-Sep-2017 14:36
a well-traveled bauble....considering its globetrotting history, seems odd it is displayed over Southern Africa..