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Listen, children, to the legend of Dom Pedro

Dom Pedro is the largest cut aquamarine in the world. (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

Listen now, children, to the legend of Dom Pedro, as originally told by Brian Vastag.

Dom Pedro is an azure monster.

Dom Pedro’s name may only be spoken with a Portuguese accent.

Dom Pedro is the world’s largest cut piece of aquamarine.

Dom Pedro goes on permanent display at the National Museum of Natural History on Thursday, Dec. 6 at 11 a.m.

Dom Pedro is 14 inches tall and weighs 10,363 carats, 10 times more than the next largest aquamarine.

Dom Pedro was born of iron in Brazil.

Dom Pedro was shattered into thirds by the Brazilian prospectors who discovered him in the late 1980s.

The shattering of Don Pedro has only made Dom Pedro stronger.

Dom Pedro left Brazil inside a duffel bag, in the overhead bin aboard a Lufthansa flight.

Dom Pedro’s shavings are worth a quarter of a million dollars with each pass of the blade.

Dom Pedro and the Hope Diamond will sit just 30 feet apart.

“The eye cannot rest on Dom Pedro.”

Alex Baldinger is editor of the Going Out Guide blog, which covers food, drink, arts, music, events and other curiosities in the D.C. area. He is forever in search of a great sandwich.


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