The Gem Museum proudly presents “A Galaxy of Moons & Stars” themed gemstone exhibition in celebration of the Singapore Night Festival’s 10th anniversary. Rekindling the romance and beauty of the night, the exhibition showcase a series of unique gemstones such as Moonstones, Star Sapphires, Star Rubies, Star Rose Quartz and Cats’ Eyes, which are nature’s wonders from deep within the earth that reflect the beauty of our night sky.
Inspired by the grandeur of the galaxy, this exhibit is created using rare natural Moonstones, Star Stones and Cat’s Eyes that exhibit the phenomenal effects. Admire the beauty of our universe through these special gemstones.
Forest Night | Shining Moonstones Arrayed in the Backdrop of a Mysterious Forest Night.
Moonstone is the name given to the member of a feldspar group of gemstones. They are remarkable for their chatoyancy or adularescence (Glow or inner light). This effect is in the form of a white shimmer, similar to moonshine, caused by structural anomalies within the crystal formation. Fine moonstone is quite rare. It is found in various locales including the United States but the finest and most abundant sources are in Burma, Sri Lanka and India. Moonstone’s body color can range from colorless to white, gray, brown, yellow, orange, green, or peach. But its beauty is in its sheen, which can be white to deep flame blue.
Moon & Stars | Beautiful Star Stones Arrayed in the Backdrop of Moon & Clouds.
Star stones are part of a special group of phenomenal gems in the world of gemstones. These stones exhibit special optical phenomena, including asterism (star effect), color gradation (cat’s eye effect) adularescence (flickering light) and iridescence (rainbow effect). Since these phenomenal gemstones are relatively rare they attract the attention of the collectors. In some cases, all or most of gems belonging to a particular species exhibit the phenomenon, as well as most moonstones exhibit adularescence for example. But in other cases, the optical effect is seen only occasionally in a certain type of gemstone and these rare cases are of particular interest to the collectors.
Comets | Comet Effects Created by Phenomenal Star Rubies.
Asterism or star effect is an example of an optical phenomenon that is rarely found in a small number of precious stones cut as cabochons. The examples are the star sapphire and star ruby. But asterism can occur also in quartz, spinel, citrine, diopside, and garnet. The reason that asterism is so rare is that it is necessary the gem to contain inclusions of rutile needles that are arranged in a way as to reflect the light in a shape with many rays forming a star.
Van Gogh Starry Night | Star Sapphires Decorated the Starry Night, Inspired by the Famous Van Gogh Painting.
To allow festival-goers a better understanding of the beauty of these gemstones, the museum will also run a short presentation on reasons these gemstones appear to give off their characteristic moon-ish glow and starry brilliance when placed under light.
Mountain Aurora | Aurora Effects created with Cat’s eyes, Rose Quartz & Star Stones.
Glowing Stars | Star Diopside Gems made up the Glowing Stars and Painted the Night Skyline.
Admission to The Gem museum is FREE.
Head there later in the afternoon as the Night Festival will end today!
Visiting hours will be extended from 3 pm to 10 pm during this night festival and an exclusive collection of stunning moonstones and star stones will be made available for sale.
Furthermore, festival-goers can also look forward to taking home an exquisite piece of moonstone, star stone or any precious natural gemstone with just a $20 mystery dip!
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