THE SYMPOSIUM

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> Location: 2nd floor of the CIAP Building (courtyard of Val d’Argent Expo)
> Date: Friday, June 24, 2016 at 3 PM
> Duration: ≈ 1 ½ hour
> Capacity: 50 seats
> Fee: free admission
> Reservation required: HERE

For the second consecutive year, Mineral & Gem offers a free event open to everyone. Focused on scientific information on the subject of mineralogy and gemology, this meeting of experts and professionals is a unique opportunity to promote and discuss various topics.

Once again this year we are very pleased to receive four speakers who participate in this meeting for presenting their works concerning the following topics:
- ♦ ‘Wine & Stone: An Australian Story’, Penny Williamson, curator at the University of   Wollongong, Australia, faculty of Sciences, Medicine and Health,
♦ ‘Mineral Collection : The Harvard University’, Raquel Alonso-Perez, curator at the mineralogical and geological Museum of Harvard, USA,
-The French Crown Jewels, Eloïse Gaillou, assistant curator at the MINES ParisTech, Mineralogy Museum,
- ♦ ‘Trésors de la Terre: story and achievment of an exhibition, Cristiano Ferraris, curator at the National Museum of natural history in Paris. 

As in the previous year, these conferences will be held in English.

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Penny Williamson, conservatrice à l’Université de Wollongong en Australie
, interviendra sur le thème Le vin et la pierre : une histoire australienne. Following the revolution in understanding of geological concepts and processes and exploration techniques in the 1960s, combined with investment opportunities, several consortia decided to look for diamonds in Australia. Only alluvial diamonds had so far been found. DeBeers spent $300 million on diamond exploration and pulled out. Ashton Joint Venture had the backing of CRA and their secret weapon: a female geologist. She found the world’s biggest diamond deposit. Penny Williamson will emphasize the link between the colored diamonds of Argyle in Australia and a prestigious French wine well known to all.

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Raquel Alonso-Perez, curator at the mineralogical and geological Museum of Harvard, USA, will explain the significant role of the collection of the mineralogical and Geological Museum of  Harvard University (MGMH) in the scientific breakthrough of mineralogy. Today, this unique collection of more than 100,000 minerals represents nearly 2,250 different mineral species. You will learn about its history, which began there with Benjamin Waterhouse, one of its first curators for over 230 years, in 1784, and you will discover its evolution until today, which makes it one of the most magnificent mineral collections in the United States.

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Éloïse Gaillou, Doctor of Science and formerly assistant curator at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, is today Assistant Curator at the Museum MINES ParisTech.
She will evoke the whole history of the Crown Jewels of France, its turmoil and destiny, since the creation of the collection, initially doomed to be passed from king to king until now, with its dispersed presence, in various French museums and private collections worldwide.

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At last, Cristiano Ferraris, curator at the National Museum of Natural History in Paris will explain the history and success of the exhibition Trésors de la Terre (Treasures of the Earth). Inaugurated in December 2014, the gallery of mineralogy and geology after being closed to the public during four years reopened some of its spaces with this exhibition that gathers more than 600 pieces of the museum collection including about twenty giant crystals. What are minerals? Where do they come from? How do they grow? In his speech, Cristiano Ferraris will tell the story and the success of this fabulous exhibition still visible today.

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