Czech National Collection of Diamonds Turn Out to be Fake

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Diamonds and other gems in the National Museum have turned out to be cheap imitations.

Curators made the discovery while compiling an inventory of the museum’s 5,000 precious stones before it reopens after six years of renovation.

The museum is now trying to discover if it was a victim of con artists during the acquisitions, or even if the apparent heist was an inside job sometime in the last five decades.

One sapphire that cost CZK200,000 in the 1970s, was bought from a Prague antique shop in 1978. Half of the museum's collection of rubies are also thought to be fakes.   

The museum says they do not know how the fakes ended up in their collection and is carrying out an investigation. The museum's deputy director Michal Stehlík,  said: 'When you have a collection of 20 million artefacts then a certain fraction of that may prove to be problematic. These things happen. 

The reopening of the National Museum this September is timed to mark the 100th anniversary of the formation of Czechoslovakia.

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