“The Sun God Opal”. Carved opal set in gold. One of the original stones in the Museum's gem collection, the Sun God Opal—so named because of the flames around its carved face—is also one of the most mysterious pieces. It was reputedly mined in Mexico in the 16th century and displayed in a Persian temple for several centuries before being purchased by the Hope family.
Cullinan diamond before being cut (replica). the largest rough gem-quality diamond ever found at 3106.75 carats (621.35 g). It was cut into 105 diamonds including the Cullinan I or the Great Star of Africa, 530.2 carats (106.04 g), and the Cullinan II or the Lesser Star of Africa, 317.4 carats (63.48 g), both of which are now part of the British Crown Jewels.
This is the Vuitton "Escale à Paris" collection. For the Place de la Concorde, an overwhelming ring depicting the fountain at the middle of the circle, closely matched to the original. It is of white gold, set with small diamonds and sapphires for the lower tiers, and a large sapphire on top. The support-structure is a piece of carved onyx, a clever way to "darken" the interior.