Wednesday, January 23, 2019
- USA & Canada
Centuries of Opulence: Jewels of India
Gemological Institute of America Museum
The Robert Mouawad Campus, 5345 Armada Drive,
Carlsbad, California, USA
Oct 13, 2017 To Mar 01, 2018
Detail: Unique exhibit at GIA (Gemological Institute of America) in Carlsbad, California October 13, 2017 – March 1, 2018
Centuries of Opulence: Jewels of India” features 50 lavish, historical jewelry pieces on loan from a private collection that have rarely been seen in public. Showcasing more than 300 years of adornment in India, the exhibit explores the original sources of the diamonds, rubies, emeralds, sapphires and other gems decorating these pieces, their religious and cultural symbolism, the wars fought for them and the historical tradition of gemology - the study of gems - in India.
Additional photos, video opportunities and expert interviews available prior to the opening.
The exhibit opens in conjunction with GIA’s annual Jewelry Career Fair on Friday, October 13 – the one day each year when the public can visit GIA’s world headquarters without a prior appointment.
The GIA museum in Carlsbad is home to the Institute’s extensive collection of gems, jewelry and minerals. Visit https://www.gia.edu/gia-museum for a full list of exhibits on display.
An independent nonprofit organization, GIA (Gemological Institute of America) is recognized as the world’s foremost authority in gemology. GIA invented the famous 4Cs of Color, Clarity, Cut and Carat Weight. GIA also 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.
Mughal Horn Pendant
Mughal Era, 18th century
6 x 8.5 x 2 cm
Emerald, ruby, diamond and pearl in 22K gold
This gold pendant features a 125 carat Colombian emerald engraved with an invocation to Allah. Set with diamonds, Burmese rubies, emerald beads and dangling pearls, it was made for a ruler of the Kingdom of Mysore.