Michael Abushakra will present a program called Gem Mining: Treasures from the Earth at the Museum of Coastal Carolina at 11:00 on Jan. 23, 2016 . He will simulate a gem mining experience by providing children with bags of materials to sift through, sort, and identify. Kids will learn how to compare rough rocks and minerals with polished, finished specimens and jewelry.
A native of Brunswick County, Michael Abushakra is a second generation jeweler and the owner of Brynn Elizabeth Jewelers in Ocean Isle Beach, where he makes custom jewelry. He earned his Graduate Gemologist and Graduate Jewelers degrees at the Gemological Institute of America in Carlsbad, CA.
The Museum of Coastal Carolina is located at 21 East Second Street, Ocean Isle Beach, NC. The museum is open from 10-3 on Friday and Saturday. Admission to the museum is free for members. Non-member all-day admission (including NC sales tax) is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors (62+), $7 for children (3-12), and free for age 2 and under. For more information, call 910-579-1016 or visit www.MuseumPlanetarium.org.