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PART IV OF Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History

With my week's theme, dealing with a museum tour of the local Science and History, for Thursday 13 I give you GEMS!! I've been fascinated a long time that the state of Texas actually has a state gem cut...which I viewed a couple of times perusing the mineral section of the science part of the museum. Googling, I even found a site that tells of its history and how the cut was successfully accomplished for the very first time. All photos have mouseover captions. Just float your mouse over the'll then know just what you see...

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Also, here is a history of the State of Texas Gem Cut...the LONESTAR Cut

POSTED: Thursday, May 27th, 2010
12:40 A.M.

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  1. I love crystals. I believe in their healing powers and have various ones strewn across my house, my office and even carry a few on my person.

    My favourite is amethyst so you can image how I felt looking at that huge ass piece of raw amethyst on yer blog.

    Thanks for sharing.

    I'm a happy girl now.

  2. Great post and photos of the NINA. Preet shot of the Nina docked.

  3. Where's the friggin' linky????
    They have a cool gem room at the Field Museum in Chicago (where Sue the dinosaur resides).

  4. I love stones! That snowball quartz is really unusual. I've never seen anything like it.

  5. Oooo, they've got some nice ones! That first geode looks huge.

  6. Hello dear Anni, I'm home again:-) What a treat to read all of your posts that I missed while away. Seeing your pictures of these gems reminds me of the many times I brought Corey to the Gems & Minerals Show while he was growing up and very much into collecting them. My favourite has always been the Amethyst. He still has his collection and in fact, I packed it up for him last time he was home and he brought it back with him. No doubt he spent a few hours looking through it all to re-acquaint himself with his collection:-) xoxo

  7. I bow to the King and Queen! hehe Oh, Anni, how I would have loved this part of the museum, I so love "pirate" ships as I call them. lol I always wonder how these people managed to be at sea for months at a time without going crazy!! This reminds me, I need to check when the next Canal Days Marine Heritage Festival is taking place this year...tall ships gather there and you can go on them!! Ahoy matey:-) xoxo

  8. That last comment I made belongs to the previous post...don't know why it went on this post!! lol

  9. Stopping by from Thursday Thirteen! I love the pictures. I'm a big fan of museums myself. Next time I'm in Corpus, I'll have to go by there!!

    Have a great day!

  10. I do know my gems and recognize most of these. I used to work in a bead and gemstone shop!

  11. The gems are fascinating. I would love to find a geode one day but what are my chances? LOL

  12. thanks for the posting the photos, they are so neat. I really liked the snowball.
    I so enjoy reading the history of your state.
    Have a great weekend.

  13. Crystals are fascinating and so beautiful.

  14. Tsk. You didn't notice I came by hours ago?

  15. you know I have several dsiplayed (svcattered throughout my house)kids are thrilled to see them - I've always enjoyed always

  16. These are just gorgeous! I'm a huge fan of geodes!

    Happy T13!

  17. I love love love looking at gems and minerals in their natural states. I recently saw the exhibit at the Houston Museum of Natural History and was blown away. Come to think of it, that was my favorite exhibit here at the Utah Museum of Natural History too!

  18. You got a lot of mileage from this adventure! DC would love to see all of those gems.

    Have a great week-end!

  19. Very interesting. My son is a rock/gem collector and he is fascinated by the natural-ness of them I'm going to share your link with him.

  20. This collection is beautiful. The amethyst is stunning. Thanks for sharing Happy T13!

  21. Wow that snowball quartz is cool. I'd love to see it up close.

  22. The Snowball Quartz is so neat! I've never seen anything like it!

    I love the Amethyst - so pretty!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! Happy Thursday 13 (on Friday ;))!

  23. Gorgeous shots of rocks and stones in their natural state, Anni. Here near, D.C., we can visit the museum to see them. I visit science museums when in other states but I've not been to yours yet. That goes on my list.

    I've collected rocks since I was a kid, then my kids brought home theirs...thought I was through but in recent years, I began making jewelry out of semiprecious stones. Great T-13!

  24. Some gorgeous pieces. I especially liked the amethyst geode!! A great Thurs 13!