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Faces and Facets – Crystals to Gemstones

February 8 @ 10:00 am - May 14 @ 4:00 pm

Free

There are approximately 5,700 known minerals, and only about 75 are considered gemstones—attractive minerals known for their color. Most gemstones are transparent and, once cut and polished, many are used in jewelry. Gemstone collections often contain soft or rare materials, but the gemstones used in jewelry need to be hard and durable.

Jewelers, online shopping networks and gemstone guides have made it challenging to sort through the names of gemstones. Diamond is one of the few gemstones known by the same name as the mineral. Other minerals have varietal gemstone names, often based on color. The mineral beryl is an example—emerald is the green chromium variety, aquamarine is the blue green variety, and heliodor is the yellow variety. Similarly, ruby and sapphire are varieties of the same mineral, corundum. Visit the exhibition Faces and Facets – Crystals to Gemstones to explore the world of gemstones and the minerals from which they derive.

The exhibition is on view February 8 – May 14 in the Mineralogical Museum in Penny Hall on the University of Delaware’s Newark campus. The Mineralogical Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission is free. Please observe the University’s current COVID-19 health and safety protocols when visiting.

Details

Start:
February 8 @ 10:00 am
End:
May 14 @ 4:00 pm
Cost:
Free
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Website:
https://exhibitions.lib.udel.edu/faces-and-facets/

Organizer

Library, Museums and Press
Phone:
302-831-6250
Email:
vickyw@udel.edu
Website:
https://exhibitions.lib.udel.edu/gathered-together/

Venue

Mineralogical Museum in Penny Hall
University of Delaware
Newark, DE 19716 United States
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Phone:
302-831-6250
Website:
https://exhibitions.lib.udel.edu/faces-and-facets/

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