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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Opal as it naturally occurs in rock.

The presence of water in the mineral structure allows geologists to determine the temperature of the rock at the time the opal formed.

natural garnet

Garnet can be found in metamorphic rocks and sometimes in granites and volcanic rocks.

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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