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Stones and gems of the USA

This poster was shown at the 2019 Geological Society of America Pardee Symposium on Communicating Science. You may click on each mineral to link to the piece of jewelry which is connected to more information on each stone. 1strow Variscite, Utah Various silica, Oregon...

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Mine to You

A gemstone's trip from the earth to your hands is often long and complicated.  From the time the stone leaves the earth, many people handle these objects/  This diagram, based on the many years' experience of Eric Braunwart of Columbia Gem House,...

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Millions of Names

The field of igneous petrology - the study of the chemistry and origins of the many igneous rocks around the world - is infamous for the number of names. It is off-putting for students and, frankly, I don't know of anyone who has an interest in...

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Women Who Wear It

I've had such fun working with women who are passionate about what they do.  Some of our first clients, these are women are changing the world - in so many different ways.  Photographer Paula Gillen collaborated in this...

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Forming a New Jewelry Line – Trials and Tribulations

From using the beautiful stone beads to learning more about the business of gemstones, I migrated from simply wanting to know where my rocks came from to ensuring that the people who touch these stones along their journey have a living wage, safe working conditions, access to school, and some environmental safeguards.

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Those Fabulous Feldspars

Moonstones and rainbows, dark blue, turquoise, yellow and white! Feldspars are among the most common minerals on Earth – and yet exhibit fascinating textures and colors.

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