Charles Lewton-Brain’s “Gemology on a Shoestring” Workshop – May 6, 2024 7-9 PM


This event is open to the public
When: Monday, May 6th, 2024 from 7-9 PM
Location: Veterans Memorial Auditorium (in the Rotunda) 4117 Overland Ave, Culver City, CA 90230

The Culver City Rock and Mineral Club will present master goldsmith, author, and educator, Charles Lewton-Brain for a free workshop on Monday, May 6, 2024 from 7 pm – 9 pm at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in the Rotunda. The topic of this workshop will be “Gemology on a Shoestring.” Materials to bring are: 10x loupe, gemstone tweeters, pen flashlight, and some gems, especially larger “faceted” quartz.

Please join us in welcoming this esteemed and inspirational jeweler for his informative workshop “Gemology on a Shoestring.”

Glass, composite, and imitation gemstones can be determined and many gemstones identified without using complex or extremely expensive instruments. This workshop teaches what can and can’t be identified with different degrees of instrument sophistication, from eye identifications on up. Some inexpensive instrument-making is discussed in the workshop. It is a basic introduction to gemology from a practical viewpoint. And how to quickly tell if the gem you are being sold is glass or a fake.

Be the detective: Note everything you can about the gem, anything you can definitely say. This builds a pattern of information you can place in context, infer, and conclude from.

Mr. Lewton-Brain has developed a form of folding metal called “fold-forming”, a series of techniques new to the metalsmithing field which allow rapid development of three-dimensional surfaces and structures using simple equipment. He began a web site collaboration with Dr. Hanuman Aspler in Thailand. The Ganoksin Project web site is now the largest educational site in the world for jewelers with over 4 million unique visitors a year who linger for an average of 20 pages and a 12,500-member archived, searchable discussion email list called Orchid. His writing started the site.

Hope to see you there!

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