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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Ruby is a form of the mineral corundum.

Ruby originates from metamorphic rock, and is a variety of the mineral corundum, second only to the diamond in hardness.

Quartz crystal is an alternate birthstone for April.

Diamond is a form of carbon with a tightly bound crystalline structure that originates deep inside the Earth.

Emeralds are a variety of the mineral beryl, shown here in its uncut state.

Emerald is another variety of beryl. It is surprisingly common for emeralds to contain flaws and veins of chemicals called inclusions.

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