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Detroit gems: Mineral museum opens at Wayne State University

The Old Main building at Wayne State University
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The Old Main building will house WSU's new Geology Mineral Museum.

Nearly 100 mineral pieces that went from Thomas Edison to Henry Ford to the trash before being saved are among the gems displayed at Detroit's newest museum.

Wayne State University's Geology Mineral Museum opens Friday in the Old Main building with a grand opening and open house. Officials say the museum's 350 artifacts represent some of rarest items in the school's collection.

Highlights include 94 pieces picked for Edison by a Tiffany & Co. gemologist in the early 1900s. The university says in a release the gems were given to Ford. They were later stored at the Ford Rouge Factory and found in the trash by a worker, who gave them to Wayne State.

Other gems among the gems: a 4.5-billion-year-old meteorite and roughly 50 agates from across the globe.

The opening night event lasts from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and is free of charge.

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