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ONLINE | Smithsonian Gems: Stories Behind the Jewels with Dr. Jeffrey Post, Curator of the Smithsonian National Gem and Mineral Collection


Dr. Jeffrey Post, curator of the U.S. National Gem and Mineral Collection at the Natural History Museum reveals the scandals, mysteries, and human stories behind some of the world’s most famous gems. The Hope Diamond is familiar to most people because of its fascinating human history which includes kings and thieves and perhaps a curse, but it is also a rare blue diamond, the largest and finest of its kind known. The National Gem Collection is also well-known for its many other world-class gems and jewelry pieces such as Polly Logan’s 423 carat sapphire, the historic Napoleon Diamond Necklace and Blue heart Diamond, and the spectacular Carmen Lúcia Ruby.
Post shares how these rare and beautiful jewels have come to encapsulate stories about the individuals—from ordinary people to kings, celebrities, and captains of industry—who once owned or were associated with them.

Location: ZOOM
Ticketed Online Event: Member $10 | General $15 | Zoom login details will appear in email confirmation from ACME Technologies immediately upon purchase. 

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Dr. Jeffrey Post is a distinguished American mineralogist, Chairman of Smithsonian Institute of the United States and the Department of Mineral Sciences at the National Museum of Natural History, and Curator of National Gem and Mineral Collection. He received his Bachelor of Science degrees in geology and chemistry from the University of Wisconsin - Platteville, and his Ph.D. in chemistry, with a specialty in geochemistry, from Arizona State University.

Prior to joining the Department of Mineral Sciences at the Smithsonian Institution in 1984, Jeffrey Edward Post had been a Postdoctoral Research Fellow for three years in the Department of Geological Sciences at Harvard University. He is currently Chairman of the Department of Mineral Sciences, and since 1991 has served as Curator of the U.S. National Gem and Mineral Collection. Dr. Post served as the lead curator for the Janet Annenberg Hooker Hall of Geology, Gems and Minerals that opened in 1997. His areas of research include mineralogy, gemology, geochemistry, crystallography, and electron microscopy. He has published more than 100 scientific articles in these fields. He is the author of The National Gem Collection.

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May 22, 2022 11:00 am - 12:00 pm


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