VIC: Opal: When silica and water beautifully interact

2023Fri05May7:00 pmVIC: Opal: When silica and water beautifully interactFascinating presentation from visiting French geologist Boris Chauviré

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After defining what is opal (structure and chemistry), we will explore the geological context where opal is found through representative deposits, and what we can conclude from it. We will also address recent research about the incorporation of water inside opal structure, and its potential consequences on its stability.


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Who is Boris Chauviré?

Boris Chauviré is in Melbourne for one day only. He is also speaking at the Federal Conference in May. He has always been fascinated by minerals and especially by the most striking examples among them: gems. His research focuses on the geological conditions that lead to the formation of the perfection found in the mineral kingdom.

Boris’ PhD from Nantes University focuses on the formation of opals in the Wollo deposits in Ethiopia, and the implications of geological conditions on opal properties to understand Mars’ opal occurrences. It was awarded by the Haüy Lacroix Thesis Prize from the French Society of Mineralogy and Crystallography. Most of its research allies its geological background (from field study to petrography) and physics/chemistry to fully explore gem properties.

Boris founded GeoGems, in which he pursues research projects (about opal and others), and shares its experience by teaching gemmology around the world. https://www.geogems.fr


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