I don't wear diamond pins, but then again, I don't have any (I'm open to offers). And the necklace (right) has the most beautiful moonstones I've ever seen. Jewelry exhibits should have replicas you can try on.
The enamelling on the egg is amazing. I don't know if you can see it, but all the edges are done with a millegrain technique. Very impressive.
Isn't the bird delightful? The choice of stone with the natural blush falling in exactly the right places on the head and wings. I love how the bird's claws aren't exactly even on the ring, but slightly lopsided, just like a live bird.
Wow! Just wow! It's an amazing display. It's arranged so that the visitor goes through time, from the earliest, simple, uni-cellular organisms all the way to mastadons and modern humans. There is even a side section, devoted to fossilized trees called "Jurrasic Bark". (really) Who says museum curators don't have a sense of humor?
This one is called "Happy Puppy" and is a coal age frog-oid. One of the highlights of the exhibit is how they tried to make the exhibits as dynamic as possible. The skeletons appear to swim, run and attack each other. Like I said earlier: Wow!
Before this exhibit, I didn't know that trilobites rolled up when attacked, like armadillos or doodlebugs. I forget what these are, but they make great patterns on the rock. Tails of a couple of dinosaurs. Me trying to be artistic.
Don't forget to look up! Some amazing things are suspended from the ceiling. This turtle is the size of my car.
Fossilized wood. To me the pattern looks like a reclining woman, with her arms stretched out. What do you see? Museums have the best gift shops.