Programs & Events

The Science of Jewelry

Program Number: 
024
Program Type: 
Family Program
Workshop or Trip
Date: 
May. 8, 2014 | Thursday, 6:30pm
Multiple Times: 
6:30-8:30pm
Requirements: 
Minimum age 12.
Location: Nature Research Center - Natural World Investigate Lab - 2nd Floor
Fee: 
$18 ($15 Friends of the Museum). Minors must be accompanied by a registered paying adult.

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! 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 necklace or bracelet in a basic stringing class. Mother’s Day is May 11th, so sign-up and make a gift for mom!  Cost of class includes supplies for one necklace or two bracelets.

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.