GIA Donations to be Showcased in Museum Exhibit

Gifts to the permanent collection of the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) are the highlight of a new museum exhibit, "From the Vault: Gifts to Our Collection." The exhibit opened May 5 at GIA's world headquarters in Carlsbad, Calif. Donations such as diamonds, natural and synthetic gemstones, gem minerals, pearls, jewelry, gem carvings, art objects, books, renderings, and antique diamond-cutting equipment will be showcased in the Institute's Mikimoto Rotunda through the end of October 2003. The display will include an array of Ramaura rubies—flux-grown synthetic gems—in both crystals and cut stones, as well as synthetic alexandrite gems, both donated by Judith Osmer, CEO of J.O. Crystal Inc. In addition, an extensive collection of rare abalone pearls and shells given to GIA by K.C. Bell will be presented in the exhibition. Other highlights include: two intarsia boxes of inl

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