Saturday 16 November 2019

Unique gem collection donated to museum

Cork-based gem broker Michael Wall is to donate his personal collection of rough specimen stones to the museum.
Cork-based gem broker Michael Wall is to donate his personal collection of rough specimen stones to the museum.

Ralph Riegel

The National Museum of Ireland will secure a priceless educational tool with the donation of a jeweller's unique specimen gem stone collection.

Cork-based gem broker Michael Wall is to donate his personal collection of rough specimen stones to the museum.

The collection is the result of a lifelong fascination with gems and geology with samples from all over the world.

It contains gems of up to 13,000 carats in total, though all are in rough, specimen form which means it is impossible to put a value on them. However, it is understood to be the largest rough specimen gem collection in Ireland.

"This makes them ideal for educational purposes because they show a gem in its natural state," the jeweller explained. "There are emeralds from Brazil and rubies from Africa. It is a very, very interesting collection."

Included in the mammoth collection is a 2,020 carat sapphire, a 2,250 carat Brazilian emerald and a 3,070 carat African ruby.

Mr Wall said he hopes to start handing over the large collection within weeks to the Dublin museum.

The NMI confirmed discussions on the handover are ongoing.

Irish Independent

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