Facets of Nature: The Opal
February 8, 2020 - December 18, 2022
Facets of Nature: The Opal is an exhibition about Australia’s national gemstone. Opal (SiO2.nH2O) is a mineraloid that displays incredible variations in colour and lustre. This display of precious and common opals provides insights into how this mineraloid forms. It highlights the wide range of quality and the sources of the material, with Australia being arguably home to the world’s highest quality precious opal. The fascinating display sample specimens illustrate the sequence of stages from origin to fine-cut, polished opals ready for the market place.
Curator: Jamie Richardson
Facets of Nature: The Opal is an exhibition of a collection of gemstones, kindly lent by the Oxford University Museum of Natural History for a period of three years.
If you would like to find out more about the Oxford University Museum of Natural History and their collections please visit their website here.
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