Suburban Gem

Yesterday, I visited the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art, a  small, wonderful museum in Elmhurst, outside of Chicago. I went with other mosaic enthusiasts to explore the museum’s gem and mineral collection. Not only did we enjoy viewing the raw and faceted stones, we were captivated by the extensive jade collection and other beautiful carved stone objects.  One of the highlights of the museum is this beautiful gold and gemstone castle.

Castle Lizzadro by Willliam Tolliday (18k gold, faceted diamonds, Brazilian agate slab, amethyst, malachite, azurite, and vanadium specimens)
Carved Chinese jadeite pitcher, early 20th Century


Glitz of Choice

On a recent visit to Washington, DC, my daughter and I visited the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. One of our favorite exhibits showcased minerals and gems.  While my daughter couldn’t wait to see the beautiful cut and set stones, I was drawn to the stones in their natural states. Below are two of our favorites.

Marie Louise Diadem                   Turquoise, Diamonds, Gold and Silver

Marcasite                                                                                    from Indiana, USA