By Eloïse Gaillou, associate curator, Mineralogy Museum MINES ParisTech
Eloïse Gaillou, Assistant Curator at the Mineralogy Museum, will give a lecture entitled "EARTH TO JEWEL". The reading shall be followed by a VISIT OF THE EXHIBITION "Illuminations - Earth to Jewel" (jewelery of the designer Paula Crevoshay, rough minerals of the Mineralogy Museum collection) at 7 pm, after which attendees are welcome to gather for a discussion and drinks. Space is limited so registration beforehand is required.
Time: 6 pm - lecture; 7 pm - visit of the exhibition.
Location: MINES ParisTech, 60 boulevard Saint-Michel, 75006 Paris. Schlumberger amphitheater (room V.107) for the lecture and Mineralogy Museum for the visit of the exhibition.
Summary: The exhibition "Illuminations - Earth to the Jewel" presents enticing jewelry made by the American artist Paula Crevoshay and natural yet replendent minerals from the Mineralogy Museum collection. This exhibition invites a visualisation of the journey from rough mineral to finished jewel.
Since the dawn of time, minerals besotted mankind. Emeralds, mentioned by Pliny the Elder, were extracted for millennia from their only known deposit until the 16th century in Egypt, near the Dead Sea. Pliny, in his "Natural History", also refers to the hardness and density of rubies. Additionally, the Bible mentions rubies, while "ruby" in Latin (ruber) simply means any "red stone", and in Sanskrit ruby translates as "king of precious stones". Interestingly though, recent discoveries show that spinel was used interchangeably with ruby until the 19th century! Tanzanite, on the other hand, is a recent gemstone only found in Tanzania in 1967. It was popularized by Tiffany & Co., who baptized it for the blue variety of the zoisite mineral. Each gem - and thus every mineral - comes from various geological processes and times. For example, diamond forms at great depths (at least 140 km deep, in the earth's mantle) and generally dates from 1 to 3.5 billion years, while opal, on the other hand, is formed on the surface of the earth, by circulation of rainwater.
This presentation will cover classic gemstones, but also lesser known beauties, such as chrysoberyl and kunzite. The jewels created by Paula Crevoshay, inspired by nature, make it enhance and highlight these unusual gems.
The exhibition "ILLUMINATIONS - EARTH TO JEWEL" lasts until February 1, 2017 at the Mineralogy Museum MINES ParisTech.
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