Yale Mineral and Gem Symposium in David Friend Hall

2018 Yale Mineral and Gem Symposium in David Friend Hall

Saturday, October 20, 2018

David Friend Hall, Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History



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Keynote Speaker
Dr. Jack Ogden, Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain


General theme of the Yale Mineral and Gem Symposium: The Cultural and Scientific Value of Mineral Beauty



2018 Agenda:



Friday, October 19, 2018

5:00 – 6:00pm

Jack Ogden; Striptwist Ltd., UK

The Early History of Diamonds; followed by book signing

6:00 – 7:30Evening Reception



Saturday, October 20, 2018



8:15 – 8:45am             

Continental Breakfast

Hall of Minerals, Earth and Space

Peabody Museum


Morning Session

8:45 – 9:30

David Friend; CEO, Wasabi, Inc.

Natural History Museums that Inspire


9:30 – 10:15

Alyson M. Thibodeau; Assistant Professor of Earth Sciences, Dickinson College

Was there a Turquoise Trail? Rethinking Ancient Turquoise Mining and Exchange in the Southwestern United States and Mexico


10:15 – 10:30



10:30 – 11:15

C.R. "Cap" Beesley; President ARD Analytics, Inc. and Chairman of Gemcore's Gemstone Standards Commission

"Collecting the Classics™" Part III: Emeralds from Ancient Egypt to the Gemstone Classics of Colombia


11:15 – 12:00pm

Christopher "Mike" Breeding; Gemological Institute of America

Colored Diamonds: The Beauty and Value of Imperfection


12:00 – 1:30

Lunch (provided)



Afternoon Session

1:30 – 2:15

Anikó Bezur; Director of the Yale IPCH Technical Studies Laboratory

The Enemy Within – Discovering the Presence of a Rare Mineral and Exploring Its Harmful Genesis in a Renaissance Polychrome Terracotta Relief


2:15 – 3:00

Walter "Les" Presmyk; Vice Chairman, Flagg Mineral Foundation; Vice President, Tucson Gem and Mineral Society

Arizona and Its Historic Love Affair with Minerals


3:00 – 3:15



3:15 – 4:00

Peter K. M. Megaw; President, IMDEX/Cascabel; co-founder, MAG Silver and Minaurum Gold

Electric Opal: Unique Daylight Luminescing Hyalite Opal from Mexico


4:00 – 4:45

Jack Ogden; Striptwist Ltd., UK

Science and Delusion: How Minerals Drifted into Myth and Back – keynote presentation




Click here for a listing of 2018 speaker bios


Click here for a listing of 2018 talk abstracts




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