Okay, so yesterday I did a small list of legendary diamonds. Still, there are quite a few non-diamond gemstones that have gained fame as well, either for being exceptionally large, having an exceptionally riveting history or at least a list of exceptional owners. For example, there is…

The Andamooka Opal, aka the Queen’s Opal, weighs in at 203 carats. The stone, which has a magnificent array of reds, blues, and greens, was presented to Queen Elizabeth II of Britain in 1954.

The Pearl of Lao Tzu was discovered in the Palawan sea, in the Philippines, and is the largest pearl in the world. It weighs in at a massive 6.4 kilograms, and measures 24 centimeters in diameter. Sadly, this massive pearl is not displayed to the public, and sits quietly in the private collection of one of its owner. (The pearl is co-owned by three different people… it’s a long story.)

The Dom Pedro, at 10,363 carats, is the world’s largest aquamarine. The obelisk shaped gem (measuring 36 centimeters tall) was cut from a crystal that originally weighed around 45 kilograms.

Halley’s Comet Opal was discovered in 1986, which was one of the years when the eponymous comet was visible. This specimen, which was left uncut, is the size of a man’s fist and weighs 1,982.4 carats.

The Neelanjali Ruby, isn’t just an exceptionally large ruby (at 1,370 carats) but it’s also the largest double-star ruby. So, instead of the more common 6 pointed star, it has a 12 pointer inside.

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