Thursday, April 23, 2009

Wertz Gallery of Gems and Jewelry

The Hillman Hall of Minerals and Gems at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburg, PA has opned a new 2,000 square foot addition which is dedicated to gems, crystals and jewelry made of precious stones.

Photo credit Hillman Hall at Carnegie Museum

The gallery is called the Wertz Gallery: Gems and Jewelry and is named in honor of Ronald W. Wertz, who is the longtime president of the Hillman Foundation. The expansion of Hillman Hall allows permanent exhibits instead of the temporary ones they used to have. There are approximately 500 gems, crystals and jewelry ietms on display. The gallery also will host special temporary and traveling exhibits from collectors around the world.

You can find out more about this permanent exhibit on the Hillman Hall website. The following YouTube video gives more information about some of the exhibits too.

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