Tentative Lab Schedule


Week Topics Minerals/Mineral groups
2 Introduction to Minerals Mineral Symmetry and Form
3 Cut Gems More than just Diamond, Emerald, and Ruby, pertaining to their cuts, identification, certifying
4 Native Elements, Sulfides and Halides Diamond, Silver, Gold, Pyrite, Marcasite, Etc.
5 Oxides and Phosphates Corundum, Hematite, Spinel, Turquoise...

Carbonates and Nesosilicates

Calcite, malachite, azurite, peridot, garnets, topaz
7 Soro-, Cyclo-, Chain Silicates Tanzanite, Emerald, Tourmaline, Aquamarine, Chrome diopside, Kunzite
8 Amphibolies, phyllosilicates Micas, clays, serpentine, amphiboles.
9 Tectosilicates Quartz (Amethyst, Citrine, Agate), Feldspars(Moonstone)

Non Mineral Gems

Amber, ivory, coral, pearl .