Calendar of Events

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  • 24

    Phenomenon In Gems

    2:00 pm-3:00 pm

    Explore the remarkable optical illusions of colored gems. Sakina Bharani, Gemologist & Museum Docent discusses the different light effects in gems that create beautiful and rare phenomena such as stars, cats eyes, adularescence, aventurescence and many more. After the lecture, join a guided tour of the Smithsonian Gems exhibit to see phenomenal gems!

    Lecture – 2:00 p.m. – 60 minutes
    Youth to Adult
    Regular Museum admission, Museum Members Free

  • 03

    Rock and Mineral Identification @ 10:30 a.m.

    10:30 am-11:45 am
    Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art
    220 Cottage Hill Ave. Elmhurst, IL 60126

    Geologist Sara Kurth presents an introduction to rocks and minerals. Learn to identify minerals through basic hands-on identification including observation skills and hardness tests. Great for rockhounds, Boy & Girl Scout merit badges and Teachers Professional Development credit. Email: Scout groups require adult supervision.

    75 minutes – Ages 8 yrs. to Adult
    Fee: $5.00 per person, Museum Members $3.00
    Reservations Required (630) 833-1616


  • 03

    Rockin' Jewelry for Kids @ 1:30 p.m.

    1:30 pm-2:45 pm
    Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art
    220 Cottage Hill Ave. Elmhurst, IL 60126

    This beginner’s class allows children to make their own gemstone jewelry to keep. Choose two different types of jewelry to make with stones from the Museum Shop and learn how to work with jeweler’s tools. Great for Girl Scout Jewelry Badge, parties of 10 or more are encouraged to schedule a private class. Email:

    Activity – Ages 8 to 16 years
    75 minutes
    $10.00 per person
    Reservations Required: (630) 833-1616

  • 06

    Special Exhibit: Smithsonian Gems

    All day

    American jewelry designers and phenomenal gemstones are featured in this exclusive exhibit from the gem vaults of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

    Regular Museum hours & Admission
    Exhibit Ends March 31, 2018

  • 10

    The Art of Jewelry Design

    2:00 pm-3:00 pm

    Professional, award-winning jewelry designer, Brenda Smith presents her motivation to create wearable art. Her creative process includes noble metals and gemstones to adorn others. Discover her inspiration and choice of materials for expression. See two of Brenda Smith’s pieces in the Smithsonian Gems exhibit.

    Lecture – 2:00 p.m. – 60 minutes
    Youth – Adult
    $10.00 per person, Museum Members Free