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Gems and Gem Minerals
This is the homepage of a Gem and Minerals class at the University of Texas. The course objectives are to explore the following topics: what are gems and minerals, methods of identification, physical and optical propoerties, crystallography and optics, lapidary arts, the geology of major gem localities, and the value of gems. The site offers access to the course syllabus, handouts, exams with interactive answer-checking, and reference material for common gems.
Intended for grade levels:
  • College (13-14)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Course
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Mineralogy or petrology
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright and Other Restrictions Information is Unknown
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-000-110
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Contact: Dr Mark Helper
University of Texas at Austin, Department of Geological Sciences