Travel the world through precious jewels

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Diamonds. Sapphires. Rubies. Emeralds.

Travel the globe with Linda Kesselman, a graduate of the Gemological Institute of America, as she introduces us to gems found in every corner of the world. You will learn what makes diamonds and their inherent characteristics the “King of the Gems” and what makes a good stone, whether a diamond or birthstone.

Kesselman will explain the optical effects, known as phenomena, that give pearls their incredible luster. She’ll delight us with an in-depth look at birthstones –- ruby, sapphire, pearl, amethyst, garnet, aquamarine, emerald, alexandrite, moonstone, peridot, opal, citrine, and blue topaz/tanzanite –- and will take us to Europe, Africa and Japan to look at the many stones known as organics, which are derived from once-living things.

Participants will receive handouts about famous gemstones and will be able to see and feel actual specimens.

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TIME/DATE: Thursday, Jan. 16, 1-3 p.m. 

LOCATION: LLL Center

MAXIMUM: 32

COST: $20