Un­earthing New Mex­ico’s riches

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“That is a turquoise far and away the finest in Amer­ica, and it came from these new mines in New Mex­ico.” These were the words of Ge­orge F. Kunz, a gemol­o­gist of Tif­fany & Co., to a New York news­pa­per about the 1889 find at the Cer­ril­los, New Mex­ico, turquoise mines. The state’s mined trea­sures are ad­mired once more dur­ing Rock On, the Fifth An­nual Palace of the Gov­er­nors Gem & Min­eral Show, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fri­day, June 18. The show con­tin­ues at the same times Satur­day and Sun­day, June 19 and 20.

This fam­ily event fea­tures nu­mer­ous ex­hibitors dis­play­ing gems and min­er­als for the pub­lic to touch, buy, and learn about. Sev­eral guest speak­ers ad­dress the his­tory of min­ers, min­eral traders, and the ar­ti­sans who shape raw gems and min­er­als into as­ton­ish­ing jew­elry. Spe­cial guest speaker Doug Mag­nus speaks about “The His­tory of the Cer­ril­los Turquoise Mines” at 2 p.m. Satur­day, June 19. There is no charge to at­tend the show; ad­mis­sion is through the south en­trance of the New Mex­ico His­tory Mu­seum at 113 Lin­coln Ave. Call 476-5200.

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