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Tuesday, 18 September 2007

Eagle (or Waukesha) diamond. This 15.37-carat light-yellow diamond, a rounded dodecahedral crystal, was found in 1867 on a farm near Eagle, Waukesha Co., Wisconsin. The dis­covery was made in hard yellowish earth, at a depth of about 40 feet, during a well-digging operation. The farmer's wife who sold the stone seven years later to a Milwaukee jeweler for one dollar, thinking it was topaz, sued him when Tiffany's found it was a diamond, for which they had paid the jeweler $850. The crystal was then sold to J. P. Morgan, who later donated it, still uncut, to the permanent collection of the American Museum of Natural His­tory, New York City. In 1964, it was stolen from the Museum, together with other valuable gems and has not yet been recovered.

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