Click on the links below to browse through this site's digital image database. The copyrighted images contained in these pages were taken by Smithsonian photographer Chip Clark. They represent only a small fraction of the more than 300,000 gem, mineral, and crystal specimens in the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History's collections.
Each link goes to an index page. Here, specimens are listed and include thumbnail images, which you can click on to see larger, high-resolution pictures ... then click on the "Back" button of your browser to return to the main index page. Each specimen entry also includes its name, Smithsonian catalog number, chemical composition, carat weight, donor, and origin information (if available).
Beryl Archives (Emerald, Aquamarine, Heliodore, and Morganite)
Corundum Archives (Ruby and Sapphire)
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