Smithsonian Gems Curator to Address Jewelers Mutual

October 16, 2006

Smithsonian Gems Curator to Address Jewelers Mutual

Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company will host an exclusive presentation by Dr. Jeffrey E. Post, curator of this the Smithsonian Institution's National Gem Collection in Washington, D.C. The presentation will be held at 4:30 and 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 1, 2006, at the Jewelers Mutual offices in Neenah, Wis. The reservations-only events are free and open to the public.

From the famous deep blue Hope Diamond to the earrings that once dangled daintily beneath Marie Antoinette's carefully coiffed wigs, the jewels housed by the Smithsonian are rich with history and lore. Dr. Post's presentation promises to provide fascinating insight about our nation's most treasured gems and minerals, a collection that draws more than six million visitors annually.

A native of Wisconsin, Dr. Post began his career at the Smithsonian more than 20 years ago, and has been curator of the National Gem and Mineral Collection since 1991. A published author of numerous scientific articles, he also wrote the book The National Gem Collection, published by the Smithsonian. "We are honored that Dr. Post has accepted our invitation to speak at our community presentation," said Ron Harder, CEO of Jewelers Mutual. "He is a leading authority in his field."

Complementing Dr. Post's presentation is the recently renamed R. Harder Gallery of Gems and Minerals, located in Jewelers Mutual's lobby. The gallery was renamed in honor of Harder, who will retire from the company in May 2007. Open to the public since 1998, it houses one of the nation's largest private collections of gemstones and minerals in their natural state. Visitors are invited to explore the gallery before and after the presentation.

Jewelers Mutual's biannual community presentations began in 1998, the same year the gallery opened. Featuring gemstone experts from throughout the United States, they have been tremendously popular with members of the community. JThese presentations allow us to reach out to the community, to provide education about gems and jewelry, and to showcase our gallery of gems and minerals," Harder said.

For reservations, call (920) 521-2301. Doors open at 3:30 p.m.

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