The Diverse World of Opal- Smithsonian Institution National Gem Gallery

by on ‎09-21-2012 05:19 PM

It was a day that couldn't get any more perfect! I got off the train at Union Station in Washington DC, and when I got outside the day was spectacular! Washington is so inspiring on a blue sky day. 

I made my way to the Smithsonian Institution-National Museum of Natural History, to meet our own Peyton Kelley, along with Smithsonian expert guest Christine Webb and Curator of the National Gem Gallery Dr. Jeff Post.  I still get a thrill when I walk through the doors and can learn from someone like Dr. Post. Once inside the National Gem Gallery, we stopped in front of the display of rare opals.  When we think of opals it's usually the classic white with the play of color, but in the case there were all sorts of colors of opal.  Each one held it's own rare beauty.

For the first time in the two wonderful years that the Smithsonian Gem Gallery has been a part of QVC, we are focusing on one gem for our show on Wednesday, September 26th at 7pm eastern. Dr. Jeff Post pointed out the colors and types of opal, and that's what we will explore on the 26th of September.

The show is all new, and since you've asked for more pieces in gold, the entire show is precious opals set in 14k gold.  It promises to be such a rare look inside this amazing gem. If you love fire opal like I do you will be amazed, and I hope you enjoy this journey through so many colors of opal. See you on September 26th for two hours starting at 7pm eastern!  


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