Gems: Colors of Light and Stone
GEMS! Colors of Light and Stone illustrates the scientific and artistic aspects of gemstones from one of the most important private gem collections in the United States – the Michael Scott Collection. Curated by Bowers Museum President Peter Keller, Ph.D., this exhibition features some of the world’s finest known gems.
On display are more than 300 rare gems, including the largest faceted gemstone, weighing in at 220 pounds and 500,000 carats; a necklace featuring the two largest known examples of the sapphire-like California state gemstone, benitoite; a 400-carat golden sapphire that is one of the world’s largest; and the world’s largest tanzanite (242 carats) set in a tiara with 1,000 diamonds. This is the most important exhibition of colored gemstones, diamonds, and gems of art ever shown in a U.S. museum.
Images courtesy of The Orange County Register.