If you were lucky enough to visit GIA between April 29 and May 11, 2015, you were in for a rare treat. The sparkling “Dreams of Diamonds” exhibit included 25 pieces of spectacular jewelry comprising over 4,000 carats of diamonds.
Earrings, necklaces, rings, a tiara – any type of jewelry you could think of – were among the diamond-studded examples of unsurpassed beauty in the “Dreams of Diamonds” exhibit. If you were to take a step back from a display case, the exhibit looked like a night sky lit by twinkling stars.
Much of the jewelry in the exhibit was first featured in Dreams of Diamonds, the largest book ever published depicting these coveted gems (it measures 20” x 28” inches). British photography and design duo Alastair Laidlaw and Christine Marsden were inspired to create this 160-page work of art that took six years to complete and weighs a hefty 30 pounds. The limited edition book (500 copies) retails for $10,000 and is filled with photographs of diamond jewelry juxtaposed against computer created magical gardens, dramatic landscapes, and surrealistic dreamscapes. Laidlaw and Marsden generously donated two copies to the Richard T. Liddicoat Gemological Library in Carlsbad.
Seven iconic design houses that were featured in the book took part in the exhibition at GIA: Adler, Chatila, Chow Tai Fook, Diacore, Diarough, Mouawad, and MUNNU The Gem Palace.
Founded in Istanbul and headquartered in Geneva, Adler Joailliers is renowned for combining the technical excellence of skilled artisans with the exoticism we associate with Eastern cultures.
Diarough is a leader in the cutting and polishing of diamonds and manufacturing of jewelry. This piece was worn by Nicole Kidman to the 2008 Academy Awards.
Headquartered in Geneva, Mouawad has acquired some of the most important diamonds ever fashioned. This includes the 108.81 ct D-Internally Flawless Mouawad Magic and the 101.84 ct Mouawad Splendour; it also includes Mouawad’s L’Incomparable diamond necklace, which features the 407.48 ct Fancy Deep yellow Incomparable diamond.
MUNNU The Gem Palace was founded more than three centuries ago. The house’s craftsmen were jewelers to India’s Maharajas and British viceroys.
This diamond and emerald parure elicited “oohs” and “ahhs” from GIA employees and visitors alike. Emeralds of such rich color are exceptional, and when surrounded by colorless diamonds, the effect was simply magnificent.
Diacore is renowned for providing beautiful rough and polished diamonds. Famous diamonds cut by Diacore include the 203.04 ct De Beers Millennium Star and the 59.60 ct Fancy Vivid Pink Star. The house is also known for making high-end jewelry.
“Dreams of Diamonds” was truly a world-class exhibit. GIA was honored to host it, and we hope we’ve given you a sense of its breathtaking beauty.
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