Opals Through Time: A Journey from Ancient Myths to Modern Science

This panel discussion will offer a dual perspective on opals’ evolution.

Kathia Pinckernelle will focus on historical aspects and the use of opals in jewellery, tracing opal’s cultural significance through time.

Dr. Boris Chauviré will delve into scientific understanding, discussing past and present discoveries about opal formation and properties. This interdisciplinary approach will shed light on opals’ rich history and their current scientific importance.

The panel discussion will be moderated by Dr. Laurent Cartier.

Moderator: Laurent Cartier (Head of Special Initiatives, SSEF)

  • Kathia Pinckernelle (Jewellery Historian, Curator)
  • Boris Chauviré (Gemmologist, Researcher and Teacher in geology, mineralogy and gemmology)