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FREE - Bowers Museum

Free admission to Bowers Museum located at 2002 N. Main Street, Santa Ana 92706.

Museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission is free on the 1st Sunday of every month (regular admission price on weekend is $15; admission to both regular and special exhibit is $17).

Admission to the regular exhibits is also limited to 1,500 guests per day but tickets will be distributed at a staggered 250 tickets per hour on a first-come, first-served basis. So you can show up at 3 p.m. and have a similar chance to receive free admission. Keep in mind the museum closes at 4 p.m.

Parking may be $6+ at the museum lot. Street parking may be free on Sundays but please check all signs before you park on a street.

You can arrive and leave at a time of your choosing. Please take your family and friends. However let's all try to meet and exchange greetings around 1 p.m. in front of the TARGET FREE FIRST SUNDAYS banner near the membership desk (exactly where "7" is marked on the map below.

This event may be cross-posted in other meetup group(s).



Bower's Museum

Jewels of The Connoisseur

Saturday, July 27, 2013 - Sunday, October 06, 2013


Some gemstones are so rare that only true connoisseurs even know they exist. The Bowers Museum is pleased to present this incredible collection of some of the rarest gemstones in the world in classic jewelry settings.

In the Bowers’ tradition of bringing fine jewels and rare gems to the Southern California community, the Museum is honored to host Jewels of the Connoisseur , which exhibits some gemstones so rare that only true connoisseurs even know they exist . This incredible collection of some of the rarest gemstones in the world will showcase classic jewelry settings including pins, necklaces, pendants and more . Jewels of the Connoisseur will be exhibited in the Pimco Foundation Gallery from July 27, 2013 through October 6 , 2013 .

Every gemstone is created in a unique geological environment that shapes its quality, color and appearance. While some places are associated with common gems, emeralds from Colombia, rubies from Burma (Myanmar), or diamonds from South A frica for example, the world`s rarest gems come from little known locations and are found in very small quantities. Often named after the person who discovered them or the location where they were discovered, gems like benitoite or kunzite are found in ver y small quantities and only a fraction of those found have the ability to be cut or faceted for use in jewelry. In fact, such jewels are so rare that few outside of the most avid gem collectors know that they exist.

A part of the fifty works of art and brilliant jewelry settings on display in Jewels of the Connoisseur , is the largest, gem quality cut morganite in the world to the best of the collectors` knowledge. The morganite is a peachy pink gemstone from the beryl family. A morganite from the same pocket as this one was obtained from the lenders in 2011 and is on display at the Smithsonian Institution. It weighs[masked] carats while this stone weighs 1,377 carats. George Kunz, a gemologist for Tiffany`s, named Morganite in 1911 in honor of J.P. Morgan, the well - kn own banker and gem collector.

Jewels of the Connoisseur is a presentation of some of the world`s most uncommon gemstones. This collection has been assembled over decades by Buzz Gray and Bernadine Johnston who have played many roles in the world of gems a nd jewelry, including miner, gem dealer, gem cutter and jewelry designe r. Their passion for collecting has always been driven by the opportunity to source the rarest of gems and their collection has grown over the years allowing for the creation of jewelr y and art pieces.

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  • Mark

    Hey, BEE PEE.

    I put you in on Free MMA Fights event next Friday in Santa Ana. I hope you can make it.


    October 4, 2013

  • Mark

    Hey, BEE PEE. It looks like everyone bailed. My apologies. Let me make it up to you by offering a priority to one of my free events that's available. Right now all spots are taken but I should post some new free events. Thanks.

    October 4, 2013

  • Mark

    I apologize but I have a time conflict for this event. BEE PEE, if you will attend, can you host this event? Thanks.

    October 2, 2013

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