NC [ pt. 5 ] : Franklin Gem Museum

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Every time we visit Franklin, my family likes to wander through the Franklin Gem Museum .

According to Wikipedia, “The Franklin, North Carolina area is rich in gems and minerals and is known as the “Gem Capital of The World.”[4] So there’s lots to look at- shelves and shelves of sundry gemstones as well as other natural artifacts:

This amethyst geode half was about 4 feet tall, and there was no way my 28mm lens could take it all in in such close space, so I made do with the details:

Various ivory figures:

(This one is hilarious.)

A cast replica of a T. Rex jawbone:

Yes, walrus ivory:

Genuine shrunken head!

(ew.)
The purpose? “The practice of preparing shrunken heads originally had religious significance; shrinking the head of an enemy was believed to harness the spirit of that enemy and compel him to serve the shrinker. It was said to prevent the soul from avenging his death.[4] (Wikipedia)

Fool’s Gold, aka pyrite:

There were also minerals with fluorescent properties. Pretty nifty. They were kept in a dark room in a case illuminated by black light bulbs. Visitors could turn the lights on and off:

Wikimedia Commons has a much better picture on tap, here.

This has been an extremely nerdy post.

One Response to NC [ pt. 5 ] : Franklin Gem Museum

  1. My Dear Darling says:

    Wow, those are some amazing gems! :D Where's the Franklin Gem Museum?

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