Author Archive: Katherine Dunnell

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August Rock, Gem, Mineral, Fossil, and Meteorite ID Clinic

Posted: August 27, 2015 - 12:54 , by Katherine Dunnell
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Plesiosaur vertbra

The ROM's August ID clinic had a steady flow of visitors up to the museum closing at 5:30pm.

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 Michael Lee-Chin 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