Author Archive: Katherine Dunnell

Monthly Archive: December Kath

Did you wake up with a bang this morning?

Posted: January 3, 2014 - 12:00 , by Katherine Dunnell
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You may not have been dreaming! The phenomenon is called cryoseism.

ScopifyROM: Shine on You Crazy Diamond

Posted: October 16, 2013 - 09:10 , by Katherine Dunnell
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View of broach glowing under UV light.

A Diamond brooch made by the renowned Italian jewellery, house Bulgar, was selected by the Mineralogy department for the ScopifyROM project

ROM Out & About: Earth & Space Trivia Night

Posted: August 1, 2013 - 12:42 , by Katherine Dunnell
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 Test yourself with some of the most challenging questions from last night's event.

Love at the ROM

Posted: July 11, 2013 - 09:56 , by Katherine Dunnell
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Nervous Kyle proposes to a surprised Ellen

Ellen and Kyle met in line with hundreds of others at the architectural opening of the ROM’s crystal June 2nd 2007.

Diamonds, Design and Science… something for everyone.

Posted: July 17, 2012 - 08:54 , by Katherine Dunnell
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While to the casual observer, this is an example of fine made jewellery that sits in the Gem and Gold Gallery, Teck Suite of Galleries: Earth Treasures with other fine made jewellery pieces. As is reflected in the layered design of the brooch, this piece has layers of information and history as well.

Spinels: A Misunderstood Gemstone

Posted: July 13, 2012 - 14:30 , by Katherine Dunnell
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Jade-Foolery: How to Recognize Minerals Disguised as Jade

Posted: March 16, 2012 - 11:57 , by Katherine Dunnell

A girl looks at a mineral through a magnifying glass.

March Break visitors inspect the minerals before deciding if they are jade.

Green with Envy

Posted: December 21, 2011 - 11:47 , by Katherine Dunnell
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Every day at the museum is a good day, but when a new object-specimen gets added to the collection, it is a great day.  It was a particularly stellar day in Earth Sciences when we were able to acquire this lovely princess cut, 23.24 carat peridot from Myanmar (Burma).

Green Periot Gem