Learn about Gemstones with the Community Helper for J8:00 PM
Our second Community Helper for J is Jeweler! I knew this would be a big hit with the girls too; they looovvvveeee jewelry! To start with I let them make some jewelry with sparkly pipe cleaners and beads (way easier then string since you don't have to knot the pipe cleaners).
Then we took our sparkly pipe cleaners and fashioned them into rings. We were going to try to make some colorful crystals for our rings. We got to talk about how gemstones are actually rocks and have to be cut and polished to look as beautiful as they do in jewelry stores. We also talked about how they come in lots of colors and how each month has a birthstone. The girls were very interested in looking at jewelry with their own birthstone in it.
So my hopes for this experiment were to use the sparkly pipe cleaners and get colorful borax crystals on them to represent some of the well known stones (ruby, topaz, emerald, sapphire, amethyst, and diamond). You will see it didn't work out quite like I had planned.