GIA to host iconic diamond exhibit in Southern California


The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) will host seven of the world’s finest diamond houses at its world headquarters in Carlsbad, California from April 29 to May 11.

The exhibit, which will be showcasing exceptional diamonds and intricate jewellery for a limited time in Southern California, will also coincide with the debut of “Dreams of Diamonds.” The largest book ever published on these sought-after gems, it weighs more than 30 pounds and took six years to complete.

Show goers will get a chance to view a total of 25 diamond pieces totaling more than 4,000 carats of diamonds and ranging from a pair of boots set with 1,527 carats of diamonds to a 50.05 carat D colour, flawless diamond briolette. All of the diamond pieces came from brands like Adler, Chatila, Chow Tai Fook, Diacore, Diarough, Mouawad and MUNNU The Gem Palace.

“The creators of ‘Dreams of Diamonds’ were able to capture extraordinary diamond pieces in enchanting, ethereal settings,” says Terri Ottaway, curator of the GIA museum. “This exhibit is an ode to the wondrous world of diamonds and we’re fortunate to share the artistry of these seven diamond houses with the public.”

The Institute’s museum is free and open to the public Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Reservation is required. For more details, visit GIA’s website or call 800-421-7250. CJ

All photos courtesy of GIA