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Mark Holmberg does Story on “The Missing and Massive RVA ‘Manchester Diamond'”

Did you know the largest diamond found in North America at the time was unearthed in 1854 on the corner lot of 9th and Perry Streets in Manchester?

Mark Holmberg did a story just this week on the massive 23.75 carat walnut-sized diamond. The gem was a greenish-white color and the purchaser, Captain Samuel W. Dewey, paid the famous gemologist Henry D. Morse to cut the diamond down to 11.5 carats using his famous faceted design. After changing hands, the diamond went missing in 1878 upon the death of its last owner, never to be heard of again. According to Holmberg, “glass copies are – or were – in collections at the Smithsonian and the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago.”

Click the image link below to watch the video and read the full story at CBS 6.

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