Friday, June 23, 2017

Buddha Blue - 600 years of Inspiration in Tucson #BuddhaBlueChallenge #UofATucson

Earlier I told you about the Somewhere In The Rainbow Exhibit presented in collaboration with the 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 Collection.
Along with  a display of historical gemological tools that were used to identify and study gemstones through the ages from the Gemmological Association of Great Britain (known as Gem-A),  this historic exhibition features impressive works from twenty lapidary artists and designers, all winners of the coveted Spectrum Award from the American Gem Trade Association.

Among many amazing specimens, the sapphire named Buddha Blue (above) 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.

"Inspired by our Buddha Blue Ceylon Sapphire, faceted in the early 1500 AD, we want to showcase the lapidary skills and how this art has evolved, changed and become very personal to the cutters. Each artist is asked to use their unique style with a piece of synthetic blue corundum and "tell their story" through the gem. " Shelly Sergent, Curator of Somewhere In The Rainbow Collection.


Lisa Elser - Custom Cut Gems - http://www.lisaelser.com
The Renaissance Egg reflects Lisa's Western take on the Buddha Blue
and was designed to reflect 15-16th century gem cutting.


John Bradshaw - Abyssal Blue  - Coast to Coast Rare Stones

For John his Abyssal Blue represented the dark blues of an ocean's abyss.


Meg Berry - 

Nick Alexander - Son of Darryl Alexander


Darryl Alexander -  Alexander Jewelers



AiVan Pham is a multi Spectrum Cutting Edge Award winner in lapidary, he and his wife Morgan run Gold and Gem Creations in Scottsdale, AZ.

Jeff Hapeman - Bella Blue - Earth's Treasury 
"My approach was to assume the person who cut that stone centuries ago was using their best technology and ideas to make it shine. I did the same, and created a new design for the piece and modeled it on the computer to optimize it for sapphire, then cut it it with a modern high-precision machine."


If 600 yrs. from now, their gem is discovered and documented, what would researchers say...how would the world view the cutting styles, as we have done with the Buddha Blue.   

Lapidary art is so critical to the truest beauty shining through...cutters create gems from rocks...where would our industry be without the cutters?!?!

...and REMEMBER...



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