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GIA Exhibit Brings to Life Iconic Gem Photographs

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Photo by Orasa Weldon; © GIA.
G&G Summer 2008: A selection of topaz jewellery and loose faceted stones from the GIA Collection including a Belle Époque platinum corsage ornament featuring a 3.80 carat pink topaz and diamonds (gift of Stephen and Eileen Silver, S.H. Silver Co); an 11.54 carat blue topaz and sapphire ring set in 18K gold (gift of Jacques Prades); and a 9.36 carat blue, 11.39 carat blue and 14.47 carat pink topaz (from the Dr. Edward J. Gübelin collection).

Award-winning journal, Gems & Gemology, celebrates 80 years of excellence

CARLSBAD, Calif. – 8 April 2014 – In an exhibition that captures the intrinsic beauty and rarity of gems, GIA (Gemological Institute of America) brings to life the jewellery, gems, minerals and sculptures featured in the award-winning scientific journal Gems & Gemology (G&G). “The Beauty of Science: Gems & Gemology Celebrates 80 Years, Featuring the Artistry of Harold and Erica Van Pelt,” which debuts on 19 May and runs through to December 2014 in Carlsbad, CA, offers visitors a unique opportunity to see stunning pieces of historic and gemmological significance side-by-side with their iconic photos.
“The Van Pelts’ photos for G&G captured the synergy between the science and beauty of gems, and were truly instrumental in drawing readers into the journal. From 1981 to 2009, their work graced the covers of 93 issues, as well as many inside pages,” said Terri Ottaway, curator of the GIA Museum. “The beautiful gems and jewellery in this exhibition give context to the exquisite photos created by Harold and Erica Van Pelt.”
The exhibition features 15 cases and more than 20 pieces. Highlights include:
* G&G Summer 1981: The Maharaja of Indore necklace contains 15 fine Colombian emeralds recovered during the Spanish Conquest of the New World. The 374 diamonds were cut in India in the 17th Century. The necklace was bequeathed to the Smithsonian by Cora Hubbard Williams. Courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution National Gem Collection.
* G&G Summer 2006: A Colombian emerald and diamond necklace with matching earrings designed by Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co. in the 1950s. The three largest emeralds range from 6.65 to 7.41 carats. Courtesy of a private collector.
* G&G Winter 1988: An intense rubellite ring (13.8 carats) and necklace (18.5 carats), both designed by Jeanne Larson, from the Tourmaline Queen Mine in San Diego County.
Gems & Gemology, GIA’s quarterly research journal, celebrates its 80th anniversary in 2014. Harold and Erica Van Pelt, pioneers of gem photography, played a major role in the evolution of the journal for more than 25 years with stunning photos that complemented the groundbreaking gemmological research.
“In our work with G&G, we were able to photograph some of the finest, most valuable and most unusual gems, minerals and jewellery in the world. It was both a challenge and a privilege,” said Erica Van Pelt. “We are delighted to be part of this exhibition honouring G&G’s 80th anniversary.”
Pieces exhibited are on loan from various organisations and individuals, including the Smithsonian Institution, Harold and Erica Van Pelt, The Collector, Pala International and private collectors. “The Beauty of Science: Gems & Gemology Celebrates 80 Years, Featuring the Artistry of Harold and Erica Van Pelt” will be on display from 19 May through to December 2014. For more details, visit GIA’s website or call +1 760 603 4000.



About GIA

An independent non-profit organisation, GIA (Gemological Institute of America), established in 1931, is recognised as the world’s foremost authority in gemmology. GIA invented the famous 4Cs of Colour, Cut, Clarity and Carat Weight in the early 1950s and, in 1953, created the International Diamond Grading System™ which today is recognised by virtually every professional jeweller in the world.
Through research, education, gemmological laboratory services and instrument development, the Institute is dedicated to ensuring the public trust in gems and jewellery by upholding the highest standards of integrity, academics, science and professionalism.