Carved Gemstone Exhibition Slated for Israel Diamond Museum

A new exhibition of jewelry, cameos, and artifacts carved
from gemstones will open at the Harry Oppenheimer Diamond Museum in Ramat Gan,
Israel, next month. Titled “And thou shalt breathe life into a gem,” the
exhibition is based on the work of master carvers in Idar-Oberstein, Germany,
and is the result of cooperation with the Deutsches Edelsteinmuseum there.

The exhibition will display about 150 items valued at
approximately $1 million. Carved gemstones include agate, carnelian,
tourmaline, amethyst, quartz, rose quartz, chalcedony, onyx, ruby, emeralds,
and sapphires.

Shmuel Schnitzer, chairman of the Harry Oppenheimer Diamond
Museum, said the exhibition represents efforts of the Israeli Diamond Industry
to broaden the areas of interest of the diamond community and the general public.
He added that the exhibition is an important manifestation of the close
relations between Germany and Israel. 

The exhibition will open Sept. 7 and run till the end of December.