2nd Largest Gem Gift to SI Goes on Display

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The Victoria-Transvaal Diamond, "the largest and most valuable gem gift to the Smithsonian since the Hope Diamond," goes on display. It was the gift of Leonard and Victoria Wilkinson, and is pear shaped and 67.89 carats, set into a yellow gold necklace containing 108 diamonds. The Wilkinsons also donated seven other large diamonds.


  • Wilkinson, Leonard
  • Wilkinson, Victoria
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Dept. of Mineral Sciences


Chronology of Smithsonian History


Torch, 11/1977, p. 2

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November 9, 1977


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