Upcoming GIA exhibit ‘Dreams’ of diamonds

Carlsbad, Calif.--The Gemological Institute of America will host an exhibit showcasing 25 exceptionally rare diamonds and pieces of diamond jewelry at its Carlsbad headquarters in the coming weeks, coinciding with the debut of a book on these unique pieces.The “Dreams of Diamonds” exhibit will be on view at GIA from April 29 to May 11. It will feature 25 diamond pieces, including a pair of boots set with 1,527 carats of diamonds and a 50.05-carat flawless D-color diamond. 

More than 4,000 carats of diamonds will be on display. The book that the museum exhibit celebrates was put together by British photography and design team Alastair Laidlaw and Christine Marsden. It weighs more than 30 pounds and took six years to complete, featuring the diamonds and jewelry in unusual, “dream-like” settings. The items featured in the photos were provided to the duo by 12 of the world’s best-known diamantaires and designers, with seven of those--Adler Joailliers, Chatila, Chow Tai Fook, Diacore, Mouawad, and Munnu The Gem Palace--loaning the jewels for the exhibit at GIA.

“The creators of Dreams of Diamonds were able to capture extraordinary diamond pieces in enchanting, ethereal settings,” said Terri Ottaway, the 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.”

Reservations are required for attendance. For more information, visit the GIA website.