WASHINGTON, D.C. (NBC/WRC) - The Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History showed off the world's largest aquamarine gem, also the world's largest cut stone.
It's called the Dom Pedro Gem.
Miners collected it in Brazil in the late 80s, and it's named after Brazil's first two emperors.
The blue-green crystal is more than a foot tall and weighs nearly five pounds. That's 10,363 carats!
The Dom Pedro Gem will be part of the permanent collection at the Natural History Museum.
A company has been hired to complete the repairs to the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge on the Outer Banks, but how long those repairs will take remains unknown.
Drivers traveling between Hatteras Island and the mainland were forced to use an emergency ferry Wednesday, following the sudden closure of the Bonner Bridge Tuesday.
State officials say construction on a new Bonner Bridge has been delayed for years because of a legal battle with an environmental group.