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Exhibit of jewellery, cameos and artifacts, to be held at Harry Oppenheimer Diamond Museum
The IDI is undertaking the initiative to increase awareness about such creativity
By: Diamond World News Service
Aug 24 2010 9:00PM
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“And thou shalt breathe life into a gem” is the name of an exhibition of jewellery, cameos and artifacts, to begin at the Harry Oppenheimer Diamond Museum on September 7, 2010.

There will be 150 exhibits created by master carvers in Idar-Oberstein, Germany and are valued at approximately one million dollars.

The exhibits include cameos, animals, human figures, flowers, fruits and sweets -- all carved from gems, like agate, carnelian, tourmaline, amethyst, quartz, rose quartz, chalcedony, onyx, ruby emeralds and sapphires.

Shmuel Schnitzer, Chairman of the Harry Oppenheimer Diamond Museum, said the exhibition is exemplifies close relations between the two countries and is an attempt by the Israeli Diamond Industry to increase interest towards such creative pieces. “Carved gemstones are part of the crown jewels worldwide. They are most desired items in prestigious jewelry shops and serve as an artistic expression for jewellers who wish to be regarded as artists of miniature sculpture,” he said.

Yehuda Kassif, artistic director and curator of the Ramat Gan museum, said “These master craftsmen, thanks to their artistry, have succeeded in using the colors and textures and even the imperfections of the gemstones to create objects that come alive with warmth and spirit. My goal in curating this exhibit is to expose these unique works of art to the Israeli public, as well as to pay tribute to the great talent of the artist carvers,” he said.

The exhibition will extend till the end of December 2010. It is being held as a cooperation with the Deutsches Edelsteinmuseum and is presented under the auspices of Dr. Harald Kindermann, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the State of Israel. Brinks Israel is a sponsor of the exhibition. The opening will be attended by leaders of the diamond and jewellery communities of Israel and Idar-Oberstein, as well as high-ranking representatives of the German embassy in Israel. The Harry Oppenheimer Diamond Museum is a member of the IDI.

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