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The Delong Star Ruby resides in the Natural History Museum in New York City. Weighing 100.32 carats, it is a beautiful deep purplish red in colour, Burmese origin, and has an extremely sharp 6-rayed star effect.


The DeLong Star Ruby gets its name from Mrs. Edith Haggin de Long. She purchased the stone in 1937 from Martin Leo Ehrmann, the renowned gem and mineral collector and dealer, who travelled worldwide in search of rare and expensive gems and minerals, building up a great collection of rare minerals. Mrs Edith Haggin de Long later donated the extraordinary orchid-red star ruby to the American Museum of Natural History and the gemstone was named the De Long Star Ruby in her memory.


In 1964, the Delong Star Ruby was the object of an infamous burglary, carried out by Jack Murphy, known as Murph the Surf, and two other men. It was then ransomed and recovered. The Delong Star was found at a designated drop off site - a phone booth in Florida.

 

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