Honolulu, HI (PressExposure) November 01, 2006 -- An expert on one of the most beautiful gems mined in America, the Oregon Sunstone, will share her knowledge of that gem along with insight into the highly popular âfire opalâ as the next guest lecturer at the Gem Museum/Store in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Karla Brom Proud will reveal the highlights and secrets of the Sunstone and Fire Opal, during three lectures each day at 11 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Nov. 1, 2, 3, 4. The gem museum is in the Waikiki Galleria Office Towers at 2222 Kalakaua, Suite 1414 Honolulu. The museum is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
The museum, founded by famed gem hunter and adventurer Gary Bowersox, houses one of the largest collections of gems in the world.
The Sunstone, the state gemstone of Oregon, is mined by the Dust Devil Mining Company in central Oregon. Proud has designed finished jewelry using the Sunstone for some 30 Fred Meyer Fine Jewelry stores in the Northwest.
Oregon is one of the few places where the Sunstone is found large enough to cut stones for jewelry. Oregon is also the only place in the world that this gem grade material contains copper which cause the stones to range in color from water clear to yellow and many shades of green, red and pink. Some rare Sunstones actually change colors in different light.
Oregon Sunstone has been gaining popularity with collectors, artists, and jewelry lovers everywhere. It is now one of the leading gemstones mined in the U.S.
Karla Proud not only is a consultant with Dust Devil Mining Company but also spent last summer as a guest lecturer on the Sunstone aboard the Queen Elizabeth II while on a Mediterranean cruise.
Proud also is a consultant with the Juniper Ridge Opal Mine in southern Oregon to mine and developed the âfire opal,â which is similar in appearance to Mexicoâs fire opal. While most opals are renowned for the play of color and reflections from within, the Fire Opal is named for its fiery colors, including intense yellows, glowing oranges, and fiery reds.
The fire opal can be cut in graduated colors, which makes it one of the hottest gems now on the market. Although recently sold out, Proud hopes to have some fire opal finished jewelry ready for her appearance Nov. 1 in Hawaii.
Bowersoxâs Gem Museum/Store opened to the public in September of this year. Bowersox, author of Gem Hunter, True Adventures of an American in Afghanistan (ISBN 0-9747323-1-1 $29.95 505 pages), spent 34 years in Afghanistan discovering precious gems and leading an exciting life.
The result of Bowersoxâs career is a rare collection of 60,000 gems individually valued from $2 to $100,000 that can be viewed before or after visitors attend Proudâs lecture. For more information call: 808-792-3332 or 808-277-2543 or visit: http://www.thegemhunters.com/
Other guest lecturers will include Bowersox, Guy Clutterback of Zambia, Sabir Rasool of Pakistan, Mir Waees Khan of Afghanistan, and Ron Ringsrud of Columbia.