GIA to organise exhibit of rare gems featured in its Gems & Gemology journal

The exhibit is entitled ‘The Beauty of Science: Gems and Gemology Celebrates 80 Years, Featuring the Artistry of Harold & Erica Van Pelt’
Maharaja of Indore necklace
Maharaja of Indore necklace

GIA (Gemological Institute of America) is organising an exhibit of rare gems and jewellery, whose photographs featured through the years in its scientific journal Gems & Gemology (G&G). The pieces on exhibit include jewelry, gems, minerals and sculptures of historic and gemological significance. They will feature along-side with their iconic photos.

This exhibit entitled - “The Beauty of Science: Gems and Gemology Celebrates 80 Years, Featuring the Artistry of Harold & Erica Van Pelt,” will begin on May 19 and run through December 2014 in Carlsbad, CA.

“The Van Pelts’ photos for G&G captured the synergy between the science and beauty of gems, and were truly instrumental in drawing readers into the journal. From 1981 to 2009, their work graced the covers of 93 issues, as well as many inside pages,” said Terri Ottaway, curator of the GIA Museum. There are 15 cases and over 20 pieces being exhibited. The pieces are on loan from various organizations and individuals, including the Smithsonian Institution; Harold & Erica Van Pelt; The Collector; Pala International; and private collectors. The highlights include The Maharaja of Indore necklace featured in the G&G Summer 1981, a Colombian emerald and diamond necklace with matching earrings designed by Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co. in the 1950s (G&G Summer 2006); An intense rubellite ring (13.8 carats) and necklace (18.5 carats) – both designed by Jeanne Larson – from the Tourmaline Queen Mine in San Diego County (G&G Winter 1988), amongst others.

This year marks the 80th anniversary of the Gems & Gemology journal. “In our work with G&G, we were able to photograph some of the finest, most valuable, and most unusual gems, minerals, and jewelry in the world.” said Erica Van Pelt. “We are delighted to be part of this exhibit honoring G&G’s 80th anniversary.” Harold and Erica Van Pelt, pioneers of gem photography, played a major role in the evolution of the journal for more than 25 years.

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