What Makes Gems So Precious? with Dr. Gabriela Farfan Image

What Makes Gems So Precious? with Dr. Gabriela Farfan

24 May 2023 - 1 hour 20 mins explicit
Podcast Series Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness

We’re dripping in jewels this week on Getting Curious! What does it mean for a diamond to be “hard”? Are lab-grown gems made to perfection? What’s the difference between rubies and pink sapphires? Dr. Gabriela Farfan joins Jonathan to discuss the science and art behind the dazzling, multifaceted world of gems and minerals.

Dr. Gabriela Farfan is the Coralyn Whitney Curator of Gems and Minerals at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. She began collecting minerals at a young age and turned her hobby into a career as a mineralogist, geochemist, and the first woman and Latina to become Curator-in-Charge of the National Gem Collection.

You can follow Dr. Farfan on Twitter @gabrie...

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