[SINGAPORE]: “A Galaxy of Moons & Stars” by The Gem Museum

The Gem Museum presents “A Galaxy of Moons & Stars”. If you ask me, I am completely clueless. Here is some background of the gems introduced by The Gem Museum during my visit.

Moonstone is the name given to the member of a feldspar group of gemstones. They are remarkable for their chatoyancy or adularescence (Glow or inner light). This effect is in the form of a white shimmer, similar to moonshine, caused by structural anomalies within the crystal formation.


Fine moonstone is quite rare. It is found in various locales including the United States but the finest and most abundant sources are in Burma, Sri Lanka and India. Moonstone’s body color can range from colorless to white, gray, brown, yellow, orange, green, or peach. But its beauty is in its sheen, which can be white to deep flame blue.

Star stones are part of a special group of phenomenal gems in the world of gemstones. These stones exhibit special optical phenomena, including asterism (star effect), color gradation (cat’s eye effect) adularescence (flickering light) and iridescence (rainbow effect).

Since these phenomenal gemstones are relatively rare they attract the attention of the collectors. In some cases, all or most of gems belonging to a particular species exhibit the phenomenon, as well as most moonstones exhibit adularescence for example. But in other cases the optical effect is seen only occasionally in a certain type of gemstone and these rare cases are of particular interest to the
collectors.

Asterism or star effect is an example of an optical phenomenon that is rarely found in a small number of precious stones cut as cabochons. The examples are the star sapphire and star ruby. But asterism can occur also in quartz, spinel, citrine, diopside, and garnet. The reason that asterism is so rare is that it is necessary the gem to contain inclusions of rutile needles that are arranged in a way as to reflect the light in a shape with many rays forming a star.

To allow festival-goers a better understanding of the beauty of these gemstones, the museum will also run a short presentation on reasons these gemstones appear to give off their characteristic moon-ish glow and starry brilliance when placed under light.

Taking place from 18 to 26 August 2017 (Closed on Sunday), admission to The Gem museum is FREE.

Visiting hours will be extended from 3pm to 10pm during the night festival and an exclusive collection of stunning moonstones and star stones will be made available for sale. Futhermore, festival-goers can also look forward to take home an exquisite piece of moonstone, star stone or any precious natural gemstone with just a $20 mystery dip!

For more information, please visit http://thegemmuseum.gallery/.


 

About The Gem Musuem
Founded on June 1 st 2015 by Ms. Loke Huiying and Mr. Tay Kunming, The Gem Museum is Singapore’s first and most comprehensive private gem museum open to the public. It aims to become the international platform that bridges the gemstone industry and the rest of the world.

The Gem Museum features a wide variety of gemstones and minerals from around the world. Besides being committed to showcase some of the world’s most precious and rare gemstones, it is a place where learning is highly favoured and relationship building within the industry is encouraged. Most of the gems and minerals on display belong to the private collection of Far East Gem Institute’s founder, Mr. Tay Thye Sun.

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