By Janet Serra

Posted: 10/18/2017 16:04:35

Treasures of the Earth: Mineral Masterpieces from the Robert R. Wiener Collection," opens at the Bruce Museum, located on One Museum Drive in Greenwich and runs from November 11 and continues through April 1, 2018.

There will be approximately 100 dazzling specimens on display, ranging from intricately connected cubes of pyrite, to dazzlingly clear crystals of selenite, to fiery red hexagons of vanadinite.

Robert R. Wiener, chairman of MAXX Properties, a fourth-generation, family-owned real estate company based in Harrison, N.Y., has built this comprehensive collection over the past four decades. His collection includes minerals from Madagascar, China, Peru, Australia, Morocco, the United States, and beyond. Many examples of unusual crystal forms, rare combinations of multiple minerals growing together, and eye-catching enormous specimens are all featured.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of discussions, films, and programs for audiences of all ages. A panel discussion, "From the Earth to Your Fingertips," is scheduled for Tuesday, December 5, 6:30 – 8:00 pm and will include a Connecticut mining expert, a gemologist, a diamond geologist, and a mineral dealer. On January 9, 6:30 – 8 pm, Dr. Einat Lev of Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory will speak on the topic "Look, But Don't Touch! Using Close-range Remote-sensing to Study Lava."

On Tuesday, December 7, 2 – 4:30 pm, students in grades K-5 are invited to spend the afternoon off from school discovering, learning and creating at "Afternoon at the Bruce: Mineral Masterpieces." Visit the website for future programming.