Treasures of the Burke

Friday, October 9, 2015

See more than 100 objects—from glittering gems to colorful birds to remarkable works of art—that highlight the breadth of the collections held at the Burke.

Treasures case

Photo: Andrew Waits

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Aquamarine gems are a clear blue-green color.

Aquamarine is a variety of the mineral beryl. Beryl generally forms inside granites as magma (molten rock) cools deep inside the Earth.

Peridot is a type of olivine.

Peridot is type of olivine, and comes in various shades of green, from light to a brilliant olive green. 

Moonstone's signature iridescence is evident even in its uncut rock form.

When light enters the stone, it is bounced back and forth between these layers before it exits as the glowing moon-like effect we see.

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