The 6,000-square-foot Gem and Mineral Hall was opened in May of 1978 and is one of the finest permanent museum exhibitions of any kind in the Los Angeles area.
Module - MinSci exhibits
NHMLA's gem and mineral collection of about 150,000 specimens is the most significant in the country, west of the Smithsonian. See More
Module - Gems and Minerals - Best of the West
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Module - Photo-Atlas of Minerals
There is always something new coming to the Gem and Mineral Hall! To better discover the world of gems and minerals, we occasionally offer the public small, temporary exhibits.
Green Diamonds: Natural Radiance
Over 60 green diamonds of all shades of green! Plus, we will have the Argyle Everglow, a 2.11 ct fancy vivid red diamond whom some have called the rarest diamond in the world. On display until Arpil 1st, 2018. On loan from Optimum Diamonds.
Examples of past exhibits:
Diamonds: Rare Brilliance A 30+ ct fancy vivid pink diamond is the center peiece in the Gem Vault. Also on display are a Rainbow diamond necklace, a purple diamond and a violet diamond. On display now until March 19th, 2017.
The 12-carat, Internally Flawless, Fancy Vivid "Blue Moon Diamond." Copyright: Cora International. Photo by Tino Hammid.
The world-famous Aurora Butterfly of Peace diamond collection was on view through January 6, 2015.
The Butterfly of Piece. Photo by R. Weldon. Copyright: GIA.
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