Press Release, CARLSBAD: Two exhibits are sharing the stage at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) Museum, located at the world headquarters in Carlsbad, California. The first is the renewal of the “Facets of GIA” exhibit, which rotates new items into the display on a regular basis. There are more than 130 pieces on view, including gem crystals, gemstones, gem art objects, jewelry, equipment and books.
The second is part of the “Little & Large” exhibit, which showcases seven local San Diego artists in cooperation with the San Diego Visual Arts Network. More than 100 artists will display a piece of jewelry (little) and a sculpture (large) at more than 40 venues throughout the county.
One of the most notable pieces in the Facets of GIA exhibit is a ruby and diamond necklace and earrings set (image right, copyright GIA), which contains 39 natural, unheated Burmese rubies set with 302 diamonds. According to Terri Ottaway, curator of the GIA Museum, an exciting feature of this suite is how the rubies — and some diamonds — present an exceptionally strong red fluorescent glow under long-wave ultraviolet (UV) light.
“To see such high-caliber rubies is a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Ottaway said. “A piece of this extraordinary quality is something you would see at the Oscars.”
A Cartier emerald and diamond aigrette set in platinum, circa 1925, is also on display. Aigrette, a French term for egret (bird), refers to a spray of feathers used for adorning a woman's headdress, as well as to similar ornaments made using gems. The emerald aigrette comes with interchangeable green and lavender-colored feathers.
“With the summer season here it’s the perfect opportunity for jewelry and art enthusiasts to view these exciting collections,” said Ottaway. “We are proud to collaborate with the Little & Large by showcasing the works of local artists that will exude creativity and fun. There will be something for everyone to see.”
The artists displaying Little & Large pieces at the Institute include:
• Neal Bociek
• Mirjam Butz-Brown
• Alexandra Hart
• Corrine Perez-Garcia
• Wendell Perry
• Lisa Slovis Mandel
• Vickie Riggs
According to the San Diego Visual Arts Network, the artists’ works are designed to reflect inspiration from the upcoming Alexander Calder jewelry exhibition at the San Diego Museum of Art. Calder is well-known for his larger-scale sculptures, but less so for his jewelry pieces.
The Little & Large exhibit at the institute is currently open and runs through December. The Facets of GIA exhibit will be on display until May 2010.
GIA Museum viewings are free and available to the public through scheduled tours. Visitors must sign up for a tour by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (800) 421-7250, ext. 4116. Outside of the U.S., interested visitors can call (760) 603-4116 or visit www.gia.edu for more information.
An independent nonprofit organization, the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) is recognized as the world's foremost authority in gemology. Established in 1931, GIA has translated its expert knowledge into the most respected gemological education available. Early in the 1950s, GIA invented the famous Four Cs of Color, Cut, Clarity and Carat Weight. In 1953, the Institute created the International Diamond Grading System™ which, today, is recognized by virtually every professional jeweler in the world.
Through research, education, gemological laboratory services, and instrument development, the Institute is dedicated to ensuring the public trust in gems and jewelry by upholding the highest standards of integrity, academics, science, and professionalism. GIA can be found on the web at
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