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GIA Museum to host Best in Platinum exhibition for the first time in US
The exhibition will include 17 award winning platinum designs
By: Diamond World News Service
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Dec 3 2009 4:18PM
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The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) Museum is hosting an exhibition of 17 award winning platinum designs from a variety of platinum jewelry collections. This exhibit known as ‘Best in Platinum’ was assembled by Platinum Guild International (PGI), and is being shown together for the first time in the U.S. James Courage, PGI chief executive officer said, “The exhibit is a collaboration of design excellence and creativity. We hand-selected each piece because it illustrates the high quality and versatility of platinum. The exhibition showcases talented designers from all over the world who choose to work in platinum because of its natural beauty and durability. These works of art are truly an international collaboration featuring pieces from China, Japan, Italy, India, South Africa, Germany and the U.S.”

The exhibition highlights include pieces from the PlatAfrica design competition and the Aqua Collection, award-winning platinum pieces designed by Gurhan, Kirk Kara, Mark Schneider, Michael B., Tom Munsteiner, Danhov and Krikawa. These designs were recognised for their use of platinum by industry organizations, such as the American Gem Trade Association, Jewelers Circular Keystone, Platinum Couture Style Challenge and the Women’s Jewelry Association.

Some industry-honored pieces include a platinum bracelet with a 29.26 carat (ct.) aquamarine, and a platinum men’s ring set with 171 micro pavé diamonds and an 11.54 ct. beautifully cut indicolite blue tourmaline. The Aqua Collection’s design inspiration is the life-giving force of water and it includes one necklace, Iraja, with a cascade of 303 diamonds and 450 grams of platinum. The five PlatAfrica pieces are winners of a platinum jewellery design competition from professional jewelleers and students in South Africa, and include a delicate platinum arum lily with gold stamen is one piece.

The Best in Platinum exhibit will be on display at the GIA Museum until April 30, 2010.

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