Monday, May 11, 2009

Today's Jewelry Exhibit - The Historical Collection of Jewelry At Gia Museum

I wish that I had the money or the time to visit various jewelry exhibits around the world. Alas, that is not the case, but I can get a glimpse of the same with my internet connection. Today's visit is to the Gia Museum in Carlsbad, California. The Gia Museum is the Gemological Institute of America.

The museum's various collections are an opportunity to give the viewer some scientific understanding of gem's and gemstones and to enhance the public appreciation of the same when used in jewelry. The museum is also an invaluable resource for gemologists, scholars, craftspeople and jewelry historians.

Photo credit Gia Museum

They have quite a nice variety of exhibits right now. The institute has a wonderful gems and gemstones exhibit. But the collection that caught my eye is their Historical collection which is a sophisticated collection of jewelry, objets d’art and gemstones of known provenance from earlier cultures and periods.

The museum is currently in the process of building this collection, but I saw a few pieces featured on their site. The one that I just love is the spectacular Edwardian corsage ornament shown on this page. The lovely piece has pink topaz, diamonds and platinum and was a gift from Stephen and Eileen Silver, of the S.H. Silver Co.

You can view more information about the institute at the Gia Museum website.

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