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SYMPOSIUM PLANNED
The twenty-ninth New Mexico Mineral Symposium will be held 8–9 November at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, in Socorro. The symposium consists of a day and a half of formal papers presented in thirty-minute time blocks. They will focus on mineral occurrences in New Mexico and adjacent states as well as Mexico. Tailgating at local motels, a social, and a benefit auction round out the weekend. For further information, see website http://geoinfo.nmt.edu/museum/minsymp/home.html.

NEW EXHIBITS
In May the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) Museum, in Carlsbad, California, launched its Facets of GIA exhibit, which runs through 30 April 2010. It provides visitors with comprehensive coverage of the history of GIA, what GIA offers the public and the trade, and insight into the gem and jewelry world.

Enhancing the exhibit are many magnificent pieces, such as rare gem crystals still in their natural states, cut and polished gems, and spectacular finished jewelry. Among the more than thirty treasures showcased are a Cartier diamond necklace from 1930; an emerald and diamond necklace and earrings from Tiffany & Co., ca. 1950; an 18+-carat emerald-cut diamond ring; and a 10-carat Brazilian Paraíba tourmaline in a platinum and diamond ring. Museum exhibit viewings are free and available to the public through scheduled tours. For further details, see website http://www.gia.edu.

Another exhibit that recently made its debut is at the University of British Columbia Pacific Museum of the Earth, in Vancouver. Titled Precious, it features more than thirty gem-mineral crystals and over eighty individual gemstones, all on loan from a private collector and displayed in the museum’s vault. Included is the full cut-gem spectrum and beyond: rubies, sapphires, opals, dolomite, calcite, cuprite, cerussite, and bastnäsite, among others. For more information contact Curator Mackenzie Parker, pme@eos.ubc.ca or 604/822-6992.

BOUND FOR BRAZIL
The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is planning to run another of its tours to the gem mines in Minas Gerais, Brazil (see article by Anthony Kampf in the January/February 2000 issue). The tour is tentatively scheduled for August 2009, but no other details are available at this writing. Details will be posted on the website of the museum’s Gem and Mineral Council, http://www.nhm.org/gmc, or call Jean Brandt, council coordinator, at 213/763-3326, for information.

EMERALD ACQUIRED
The Carnegie Museum of Natural History, in Pittsburgh, has added a flawless 5.8-cm emerald crystal to its birthstone exhibit in the Wertz Gallery, which opened to the public in September 2007 (http://www.carnegiemnh.org/minerals/hillman/wertz.html). The specimen was recovered in 2003 from an emerald mine in Alexander County, North Carolina. It was on display at the 2008 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show in February and is also pictured in the emerald chapter in American Gem Treasures, the book that came out in conjunction with the show.
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