I just learned of this great gem exhibit last night, but it’s not
too late for some of you in california to go see it.
GEMS! THE ART AND NATURE OF PRECIOUS STONES
February 16, 2003 - February 29, 2004
Curated by Bowers President Peter Keller, Ph.D., this exhibit
features some of the world’s finest known gems.
On display are more than 300 rare gems, including: the largest
faceted gemstone, weighing 220 pounds or 500,000 carats; a
necklace featuring the two largest known examples of the
sapphire-like California state gemstone, benitoite; a
400-carat golden sapphire that is one of the world’s largest;
and the world’s largest tanzanite (242 carats) set in a tiara
with 1,000 diamonds.
Gems! answers the basic questions of gemology, presents
delicate and rare gems and portrays gemstones as art, focusing
on some of the most notable artists known today. Artists
include Bernd Munsteiner from Idar-Oberstein, Germany, and
John Marshall from Seattle, Washington.