Around the mall and beyond

Parks, E.
January 1992
Smithsonian;Jan92, Vol. 22 Issue 10, p22
Describes the author's experience of visiting the `Inner Sanctum' of the Smithsonian Institution's Blue Room located at the National Museum of Natural History. This room, which is actually a vault, guards a trove of glittering gemstones and minerals. A mineral becomes a gemstone once it is polished and cut; Gems kept there; Experiencing less donations; Annual funding for purchases; Film called `Gemstones of America,' which displays a large number of gems; More.


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