Starry Night Sapphire
April 2012 - February 2014
Exhibit DescriptionVincent Van Gogh’s “ Starry Night,” with its vivid blues and hypnotic swirls, has captivated art lovers for more than a century. The aptly named 112-carat Burmese Starry Night Sapphire, has a magnificent star that dances across its surface, evoking Van Gogh’s enchanting masterpiece. Gemstones that display an optical effect – like the Starry Night Sapphire’s asterism – are referred to as “phenomenal” gemstones. The size and beauty of this particular sapphire is rare, rendering it phenomenal indeed. Also on display: an Edwardian ring set with pale blue and padparadscha sapphires, a ring set with diamonds and a classic ruby from Burma (Myanmar).
Starry Night Sapphire Monograph
Find out more about the Starry Night Sapphire in its GIA monograph and learn more about where it comes from, how it formed, and more.Learn More
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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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
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