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Field Trip!

picstitchA few more pics from my trip to the museum – (clockwise from left) gold specimens, ammonite (ancient marine fossil) and a large quartz crystal formation

Just incase you been obsessively checking your phone, looking for my latest blog (which I doubt, but I would love it if you we’re!!) I apologize for posting this about 4 days late. I started a new job on monday, one where you have to show up really early, every day of the week!!! It’s been awhile since I’ve had to do that and it’ll take a bit of readjusting.

The museum of Natural History ( has always been my favorite in New York and since I started a new job yesterday as a diamond grader, I thought a trip to the gemology exhibit was in order over the weekend. What could be better than submerging myself neck-deep in gems, minerals and priceless jewels?

The gemology exhibit is made up of two parts – the Harry Frank Guggenheim Hall of Minerals and the Morgan Memorial Gem Hall. “Drawn from the Museum’s collection of more than 100,000 minerals and gems, specimens in this hall are organized by mineral group, including diamond, sapphire and ruby, emerald and other beryls, opal, garnet, and many others. Rare and unusual gems, synthetic gemstones, and precious metals such as gold, platinum, and silver are also on display. Several exhibit cases feature decorative objects and jewelry spanning three millennia and various cultures.” (1)

Two of the standouts from the collection are the Patricia Emerald and the Star of India, blue star sapphire.

The impressive 632 ct Patricia Emerald exhibits the vibrant bluish-green hue that is highly regarded as the best emerald color and often indicative of stones from Colombia. This large example was mined in Colombia, and has been left uncut to exhibit the natural crystal structure of emerald.

patricia emerald The Patricia Emerald

The Star of India holds the distinction of being the largest gem  blue star sapphire in the world at 563 cts. Even more impressive is the age of the beautiful blue stone, approximately 2 billion years old! The sapphire exhibits a type of phenomenon referred to as asterism. Asterism is when a group of long, needle thin mineral inclusions intersect within a stone creating a star – like effect.

star of india The Star of India

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(1) American Museum of Natural History “Permanent Exhibitions” (accessed May 21,2013)


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Can I See Your ID?

Kim-Kardashian-Celine-ID-bracelet2    rihanna   ID bracelets, the ultimate 1950’s I’ve got a boyfriend (who rides a motorcycle, keeps a pack of Marlboro Reds rolled up in the sleeve of his tight white t shirt and this is his bracelet) and we’re “going steady” piece of Jewelry. Whoa, I was veering off in another direction for a minute. But really, ID bracelets we’re right up there with a guy’s letterman jacket and class ring to catapult you into couple cooldom.

They we’re each a sign of affection, today you’re lucky if you get a “hey what’s up text” after dating someone for a couple of months! But, I’ll save my views on how the internet and technology have screwed up dating and interpersonal relationships for another time.

ID bracelets and necklaces have been popping up all over the place for spring 2013. Especially since Kim Kardashian and Rihanna were both spotted wearing the chunky gold ID necklace from the French design house Celine. That piece has long since sold out all around the world, so I’ve found a few other available and affordable options.

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ID necklace


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Posted by on March 11, 2013 in Jewelry


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