Gem News International Gems & Gemology, Fall 2021, Vol. 57, No. 3

GIA Library and Museum Facebook Group


The GIA Library and Museum Facebook group encourages lively discussions.
The GIA Library & Museum Facebook page stimulates spirited discussion among gemologists, bibliophiles, and gem enthusiasts. Photo composite by Robert Weldon/GIA.

Dedicated to the beauty and fascination of gemological books and mineral exhibits, the Richard T. Liddicoat Gemological Library & Information Center and the GIA Museum launched a Facebook group on August 2, 2021.

The group has attracted over 600 bibliophiles, museum curators, gemological enthusiasts, students, researchers, and experts worldwide. It aims to provide greater digital access to our library and museum and stimulate enthusiastic discussion of the many themes covered in our collection of books, periodicals, and exhibits (see above). These subjects include gemology, geology, mineralogy, jewelry manufacturing, design, jewelry history, localities, and the gem industry.

Features include library-curated video segments and book reviews, commentary on rare bookplates or covers, and short interviews with notable library patrons. The Facebook group also highlights specific rare books from the library’s digital collection on the Internet Archive (https://archive.org/details/gialibrary). A growing proportion of the library’s notable rare books and manuscripts are digitized and offered to the public—free of charge. Over 700 books have been digitized, and the project is ongoing. The museum provides unique glimpses and the stories behind some of the amazing gems and minerals from GIA’s collection.

To become a member of this group, please visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/gialibraryandmuseum