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Gems of the Americas

Travel back in time with one of NHM's most beloved gems, this video from our vaults. 

woman in gem vault

Throughout all time and all the ages gems have held a special fascination and a unique and enduring place in history and today from Fifth Avenue to Paris from Rome to Rio de Janeiro, where they continue to attract us,  seduce us, and captivate us in ways that no other objects do.