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June 23, 2005

Prepare to be dazzled by the Mayborn Museum Complex's first traveling exhibit -- The Duval Collection of Gems and Minerals. Thirty-eight sparkling specimens from all over the world will be displayed through Aug. 14 in the Thomas E. and Emilyne Weed Anding Traveling Exhibit Hall of the Harry and Anna Jeanes Discovery Center.

Stars of the show include a 2,200-pound transparent quartz crystal cluster and the world's largest gem-quality turquoise nugget. The collection, on loan from the Houston Museum of Natural Science, will be supplemented by samples from Baylor's Strecker collection at the Mayborn.

"This was one exhibit that was particularly beautiful, and we thought it would fit well with our focus on natural history," said Sarah Levine, the museum's director of marketing.

Programming for children ages 2 through 6th grade and special speakers from the University's geology department will be part of the exhibit. Topics will range from geodes and birthstones to jewelry making and stone identification.

Discount museum/exhibition packages are available. For more information, contact Cheryl Taylor at (254) 710-1108 or visit www.baylor.edu/mayborn.

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