Mineral Monday: Herkimer Diamond

This week's specimen looks like a diamond, is called a diamond, but is not a diamond at all!

Watch to learn more about this unique quartz crystal.

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11/19/2018 | By: Jennifer Sande |

Mineral Monday is a weekly video series exploring the many amazing minerals, fossils, and historic objects on display at the W.M. Keck Earth Science and Mineral Engineering Museum as told by museum curator Garrett Barmore. This week, Garrett brings out the Museum's Herkimer diamond. This unique specimen looks like a diamond, is called a diamond, but it is actually not a true diamond at all! Watch to learn more about how this diamond-like crystal.

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More about the Keck Museum and Mineral Monday

Located in the Mackay School of Mines building at the University of Nevada, Reno, the W.M. Keck Earth Science and Mineral Engineering Museum is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the first Saturday of the month from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.

The Keck Museum houses an outstanding collection of minerals, ores, fossil specimens, and photographs, in addition to mining related relics. The museum is also home to some of the spectacular Mackay Silver Collection, created by Tiffany & Co., for John Mackay and completed in 1878.

For directions and museum details, visit unr.edu/keck

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