Programs & Events

The Science of Jewelry

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Workshop or Trip
Feb. 20, 2014 | Thursday, 6:30pm
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Thursday, February 20, 2014, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Minimum age 12 (minors must be accompanied by a paying adult).
Location: Nature Research Center - Micro World Investigate Lab- 3rd floor
$10 per participant.

How do gemstones form? What makes an emerald green and a ruby red? Why are diamonds only found in certain parts of the world? What is the difference between 14K and 24K gold? What exactly is "Sterling" silver? Discover the science behind your favorite piece of jewelry, and learn how to make your very own, or give the workshop as a gift to your favorite Valentine! The workshop will begin with a presentation on a wide variety of gemstones, including many that can be found right here in North Carolina, as well as the precious metals and their alloys used to make jewelry. Participants will then learn how to make their own gemstone necklaces in a basic stringing class. Using just a few tools and materials, you can create a beautiful and unique gift for the holidays!

Program Instructor: Katherine Nunn

Registration information: Fill out online, print and mail the Museum’s Registration Form with payment.

For more information contact Debbie Huston, scheduling coordinator, at 919.707.9840.