Friday, January 13, 2017

Gem and Jewelry Collection Exhibition at Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium #SITR

From Press Release

Meet Buddha Blue at the exhibit ~ 15ct Ceylon, no heat Sapphire.
Concave cutting technique dates back to 1400-1500!!
Full documented research done by Chris Smith of AGL Gem Lab and Cigdem Lule. 

Somewhere In The Rainbow presents A Modern Gem and Jewelry Collection, an exhibition presented in collaboration with University of Arizona Mineral Museum, located in the Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium.
“We are thrilled for this collaboration of educational forces in the mineral, gemstone and jewelry world to be experienced and enjoyed. This will be the first time that the Somewhere In The Rainbow Collection will be available to this extent as an educational exhibition and we are honored to share it with U of A and all who visit.” Shelly Sergent, Curator of Somewhere In The Rainbow
A multi-faceted exhibit is opening to the public in Tucson beginning on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at the Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium. The exhibit will showcase exquisite gems from the Somewhere In The Rainbow Modern Gem and Jewelry Collection. Visitors will experience gemstones from six different countries, marvel at the creations of master artisans, and see minerals still in their raw state before they are cut into gemstones. 

Impressive works from twenty lapidary artists and designers, all winners of the coveted Spectrum Award from the American Gem Trade Association, will be on display. Among many amazing specimens, the sapphire named Buddha Blue will dazzle visitors. Faceted in 1400-1500AD, this gemstone inspired Somewhere In The Rainbow to showcase eleven of todays’ top gem cutters. Each of them bring their own style of gem cutting, and the glittering examples illustrate the evolution of cutting styles.

Visitors will also learn about the history of gemology in a display of historical gemological tools that were used to identify and study gemstones through the ages. This collection comes from the Gemmological Association of Great Britain (known as Gem-A) and will feature historical equipment from famous geologist Basil Anderson.

The exhibit will run from February 1, 2017 through January 15, 2018 with paid admission to the Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium.
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