Gems in Art Featured in GIA Exhibit

The Gemological Institute of America's newest museum exhibit, "Gems in Art: Art in Gems," presents an array of gemstones and other gem material whose natural beauty takes on even greater appeal as an art form. This "gem art" is on display in the Mikimoto Rotunda of GIA's world headquarters in Carlsbad, Calif., through Oct. 31, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Mon.-Fri., except holidays. The exhibit focuses on the various ways gems can be used as a medium for artistic expression, says Elise Misiorowski, G.G., GIA's museum director. Featured are several categories, consisting of cameos and intaglios, natural carvings, boxes and bottles (known as objets de virtu), fantasy and abstract carvings, objets d'art, and "wearable art" jewelry. Both antique and contemporary examples are emphasized to demonstrate how the lapidary arts have evolved over the last two centuries. Various antique pieces provide the his

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