Warning! Some of these Videos have very loud volume!
The videos are about gems and mining. If a
changes or stops working, please email me
Prof. Scal (firstname.lastname@example.org). Have fun!
Colored diamonds on Fox News. This is a Youtube video and is a little noisy!
Gemesis Synthetic Diamonds on Arizona Channel 3. Take this story with a grain of salt!
quick synopsis of the diamond. Does not discuss uses other than
Frontline, The Diamond Controversy. Excellent illustrations of cutting, mining, purchasing, etc.
Gold and Precious Metals
Finding gold This video shows dredging for gold in an alluvial prospect.
Rubies & Sapphires
Emerald City A film about emerald mining in Brazil.
a little pixilated.
Opal Mining in Australia. Coober Pedy. Some interesting information. Gives you an idea how miners live. Hope there are no earthquakes!
Specific Gravity. This film shows the hydrostatic method of measuring specific gravity (sg). The system is very similar to what we have at the College.
Lapidary, How to Make a Cabochon. Cutting, grinding, polishing.
Nova The Perfect Pearl A
film we watch in class. Very important and perhaps the best film
Akoya History A history of pearls, their origin and cultural uses.
Akoya pearl culturing in Japan These are the famous oysters used by Mikimoto.
Akoya processing An explanation of pearl sorting, drilling, and quality control
Pearl formation How a pearl forms. Not very informative
South Sea Pearl Farm Good information, but not clear where this farm is located. Funny pronunciation of nucleus (G.W. Bush style).
Evaluating Quality Valuable source of information.
Mining and the Environment
Wide Angle-Gold Excellent videos showing Romania, a gold mining company's plan to exploit the environment and relocate a town, also an informative section on the Baie Mare disaster.