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For ages 9 and up, come learn about minerals from other planets! 2nd Floor Education Classroom. To learn more, download the PDF here.
Rick Kennedy is gem and mineral dealer with a degree in geology (UC Santa Cruz). He is an active field collector with an interest in minerals from the western United States, benitoite being his favorite. He formed Earth's Treasures in 1985 and specialized in fine minerals and rare localities.
From the moment of its discovery, the Benitoite Gem Mine has been the subject of rumors, half truth's and great misunderstanding. Rick will go over the history of the mine; explain what is going on in the present; and what the future may hold for this famous Californian locality.
PLUS: As an added bonus, Rick will also show a step-by-step photo demonstration of the etching and preparation process of a major Benitoite specimen.
From 6:15pm-7:30pm: Come early, socialize, and meet Rick! The Wine and Cheese pre-lecture social is generously being sponsored by Bruce & Mary Stambaugh !
Lecture begins at 7:30pm.
To learn more, download the PDF here.
(Photo by Jeff Scovil)
We are having our 28th Annual Meeting for the Gem and Mineral Council. There will be a Silent & Live Auction, with 100% of the proceeds going to the GMC. There will be also be a wine tasting from the Coghlan Vineyards (Samantha and Eric Coghlan).
We are encouraging our members to be the sponsor or co-sponsor of our lecture programs. It will help us bringing more of our high-quality speakers for everybody to enjoy and learn from! For more information, contact the Gem & Mineral Council at (213) 763-3326 or by email at email@example.com.
Beginning May 1, 2012, and for an entire year, the Butterfly Brooch Collection will be on display in the Gem and Mineral Hall, at the Museum of Natural History. To know more about the exhibit and about the collection, click here.
Benitoite Butterfly... and many more!
For any additional information about these events, please contact the Gem & Mineral Council by email or at (213) 763-3326.