The Mineralogical Society


Southern California

974th Meeting

 November 8, 2019

Program : The Allure of Diamonds

Presented By Renee Newman

Friday, November 8, 2019

Pasadena City College
Building E, Lecture Hall (room 220)
1570 E. Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, California. 

About us…

The Mineralogical Society of Southern California is dedicated to the dissemination of a general knowledge of the mineralogical and related earth sciences through the study and collecting of mineral specimens. Organized in 1931, it is the oldest mineralogical society in the western United States.
The MSSC is a scientific non-profit organization that actively supports the Pasadena City College Geology Department, its associated Dana Club,, and the Field Science Scholarship Fund. Support is also given to the San Bernardino County Museum of Natural History and Mindat.
The MSSC is affiliated with the California Federation of Mineralogical Societies and American Federation of Mineralogical Societies.

About the Program: The Allure of Diamonds,

Presented By Renee Newman

Compared to many other gemstones, diamonds are relatively abundant, yet they have attained higher prices at auction than any other gem. Gemologist Renée Newman will explain why in her talk to our club on November 8th.  It will include photos and information on:

  • The highest priced diamonds sold at auction
  • Three of the oldest and most famous diamonds
  • Current geographic sources of diamonds
  • Reasons why diamonds are so highly valued
  • Lab-grown diamonds and some ways to detect them
  • Diamond imitations and some ways to detect them
  • Diamond treatments
  • Why the 4 Cs is not an adequate pricing system for diamonds

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