Past Exhibit

9/11 Brooch

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Photo: Robert Weldon, Courtesy of Robin Silvers

Exhibit Description

In conjunction with the 10th anniversary of September 11th, GIA was honored to display a collection of artifacts that survived that day.  Recovered from a safety deposit box in building 5 of the World Trade Center, the collection of family heirlooms included a 1950’s 14K white gold ribbon bow brooch set with 75 diamonds, two small silver mesh clutches and two gold pocket watches.  The original vault in building 5 housed almost 2500 safety deposit boxes, the majority of whose contents were reduced to ash, yet the brooches’ diamonds remain nearly untouched by the event and serve as a poignant example of a diamond’s nature.

Family Heirlooms Recovered After 9/11 Attacks

Learn how these family heirlooms were recovered, returned to their owner and eventually displayed at GIA.

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GIA Museum


GIA’s Museum introduces visitors to the vast and vibrant world of gems and jewelry. Exhibits showcase the science and beauty of gems and minerals, along with expertly designed and crafted jewelry.

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Contact the GIA Museum

The GIA Museum is located at:
World Headquarters and The Robert Mouawad Campus
5345 Armada Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008

To schedule an individual or group tour, please email or call:
+1 800 421 7250, ext. 4116
+1 760 603 4116

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