Israeli diamond museum hosts over 150 items
The Harry Oppenheimer Diamond Museum, in the heart of the Israeli diamond complex, is set to play host to the new And thou Shalt Breathe Life Into a Gem exhibition this September.
The exhibition will feature jewellery, cameos and artefacts all carved from gemstones based on the work of master carvers in Idar-Oberstein, Germany, and is the result of cooperation with the Deutsches Edelsteinmuseum there. It is presented under the auspices of Dr. Harald Kindermann, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the State of Israel.
Comprising around 150 items, And thou Shalt Breathe Life Into a Gem is valued at approximately one million dollars. It includes animals, human figures, flowers, fruits and sweets from a wide variety of gemstones including: agate, carnelian, tourmaline, amethyst, quartz, rose quartz, chalcedony, onyx, ruby emeralds and sapphires.
Shmuel Schnitzer, Chairman of the Harry Oppenheimer Diamond Museum, explained that the exhibition was part of the efforts of the Israeli Diamond Industry to broaden the areas of interest of the diamond community and the general public.
He said: “Carved gemstones are part of the crown jewels worldwide. They are most desired items in prestigious jewellery shops and serve as an artistic expression for jewellers who wish to be regarded as artists of miniature sculpture.”