Preserved in amber, this species of Metalmark butterfly This butterfly was found in the Dominican Republic and is now extinct in modern times. However it does have a close living relative: Voltinia danforthi of Mexico. Photo by Kristen Gilpin
Dom Pedro, the World's Biggest Aquamarine Gem. The obelisk-shaped, blue-green gem, which was designed by famed German gem cutter Bernd Munsteiner (known as the "father of the fantasy cut") stands 14 inches tall and weighs carats, or pounds.