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AMOS Ask a Scientist Series
April 24 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Join AMOS for a Facebook Live conversation with our featured scientist this week, Mark Hartzman, AMOS docent and volunteer retired gemologist, who will guide us into conversation about Diamonds – the April Birthstone!
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Mark Hartzman earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Earth and Space Sciences with a specialization in geology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. His interest in gemstones led to enrollment at The Gemological Institute of America where he earned the Graduate Gemologist in Residence degree. To expand his gemological knowledge, through international correspondence courses, he became a Fellow of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain. Mark initially worked as a diamond grader for the GIA, and went on to spend the next 43 years in the high end luxury jewelry business – 35 years as a Precious Jewels Manager with Neiman Marcus. He has extensive experience in hiring, training and motivating high calibre sales associates and managing a multi-million dollar retail jewelry business. Experienced in diamond grading and precious stone identification. Honored as a Neiman Marcus Precious Jewels Manager of the Year. Mark retired and relocated from New York to Asheville in the fall of 2018 and is currently a Consultant/Docent at the Asheville Museum of Science. He also enjoys exploring the Asheville area with his wife and his pet Golden Doodle, woodworking and rockhounding.
Check out these awesome freely available resources and at-home activities:
- Gemological Institute of America (GIA): GemKids Interactive Site
- GIA’s Guide to Gemstones: Gem Encyclopedia
- Mineral Information Institute: Everything Comes from Something
- NC Dept. of Environmental Quality: Distance Learning Resources, Environmental Edu.
- Geoscience Australia Virtual Exhibit: Identifying Minerals
- Minerals Education Coalition: Education Resources & Activities