QUALITY OF LIFE
The El Paso Museum of Art announces
“The Art of Creation: Natural and Synthetic Rubies and Sapphires”
a lecture by Dr. James Shigley
Gemological Institute of America Distinguished Research Fellow
Thursday, June 24, 2010
In conjunction with the Bedazzled: 5,000 Years of Jewelry exhibition, El Paso Museum of Art presents “The Art of Creation: Natural and Synthetic Rubies and Sapphires”, a lecture by Dr. James Shigley, Gemological Institute of America Distinguished Research Fellow. Understand the beauty and art of gemstones in nature and how they are artistically created in a laboratory by man. This lecture is generously supported by Susan Eisen Fine Jewelry & Watches. Dr. Shigley’s book Gems & Gemology in Review: Synthetic Diamonds will be available for purchase and signing at the Museum Store.
Thursday, June 24, 2010 - RSVP for cocktail reception required by June 21.
6:15 pm - 7:00 pm: $15 pre-lecture cocktail reception with the speaker
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm: FREE Lecture in the El Paso Energy Auditorium
8:15 pm – 8:45 pm: Book signing in the Museum Store
FREE admission to Bedazzled exhibit for lecture attendees
Parking is available at the Convention Center or Camino Real for a small fee. Free parking is available at the City Hall parking lot on Santa Fe Street.
Dr. James Shigley
GIA Distinguished Research Fellow
Dr. James Shigley is the Distinguished Research Fellow at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) in Carlsbad, California. Dr. Shigley studied geology as an undergraduate at the University of California, Berkeley, and later received his doctorate in geology from Stanford University prior to joining GIA in 1982. He is the author of various published articles on diamonds and other gemstones, and is a well-known speaker on gemological topics for professional and general audiences. Dr. Shigley helps direct GIA’s research activities, which include the identification of natural, synthetic, and treated diamonds, colored stones and pearls and the evaluation of various characterization techniques for identifying gems. He also directed the development of the GIA Gem Project, an online database of colored gemstones.
Please call (915) 532-1707 for more information or visit www.elpasoartmuseum.org