Dyber in the Carnegie

The Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh recently purchased for their permanent gem exhibit two designs by award-winning master gem artist Michael Dyber of Rumney, N.H., who is known for his optical illusions in stone. The works purchased are indicative of Dyber's signature lapidary techniques: the "Dyber Optic Dish," in a 74.15-ct. Brazilian rutilated quartz, and his latest "Luminaires" design in a 95.45-ct. Brazilian citrine. Dyber's optic dish design is a hemisphere that's carved and polished into the wall of a gemstone, creating optical illusions throughout the gem. "Luminaires" are 1-mm drilled and polished tubes that bisect the gem design, also resulting in optical illusions. An optic dish may be added at the end of the tubes. "The lapidary art in the U.S. is very important right now," says Marc Wilson, head of the section of minerals and collections manager for the Car

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