There are countless kilos – in fact tonnes – of lost (and found) treasures housed in the Natural History Museum, London. 

There’s an incredibly large buzz that reverberates throughout The Natural History Museum, thanks to the dinosaur that welcomes all visitors – whilst he is a treasure, we are of course, referring to the hidden gems (both figuratively and literally) tucked away, beside the gargantuan dinosaur, that whets the appetite, for the ‘Earth’s Treasury’ permanent exhibition space.

From quartz, shell, hematite, beryl, you name it, and it’s (very likely to be) there; with sources ranging from Cornwall, UK to world famous Muzo, Colombia.

As we saunter along Bond Street or Place Vendôme, analysing or admiring a faceted gems set beautifully in jewellery, it is easy to discount the initial stages of crystal formation, which take millions or sometimes billions of years to form. However when Collectors and History buffs alike gather to wax lyrical about crystal forms, structures, and historical v modern day uses for stones – it all gets rather exciting! That’s not to say the final product (jewellery) doesn’t have its place. Yet spending several hours dissecting the history and science of gems is fascinating. Who can neglect knowledge, for knowledge’s sake?

From a tiny formation of carbon that began forming 3.3 billion years ago, in the depths of what eventually would be an open pit diamond mine in South Africa, and ultimately worn on the neck of Hollywood starlets, gracing the red carpet at Cannes.