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The Field Museum

Exhibition Detail
The Nature of Diamonds
1400 S. Lake Shore Dr
Chicago, IL

October 23rd, 2009 - March 28th, 2010
Tip of the Iceberg Ring , Niki KavakonisNiki Kavakonis, Tip of the Iceberg Ring ,
2007 , uncut 2.78 carat octahedral diamond from the Ekati mine (Northwest Territories) set in Palladium
© Courtesy of the artist and The Field Museum
Michigan Ave/Downtown
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Last admission at 4 p.m. Open every day except Christmas.

From its geological origins to its place in art, history and literature, no other gem has captured the world’s imagination quite like diamonds. Born from billions of years of crushing force, diamonds have served as both an emblem of romance and strength. Examine the unique properties of diamonds and explore the gem in its natural state as you journey along from mine to dealer. Through ancient manuscripts, compelling multimedia and evocative exhibitory, explore the many facets of diamonds and be dazzled by these breathtaking pieces. Highlights will include pieces by Fulco di Vedura, Cartier, Boucheron, and works from Tiffany & Co. designed by Frank Gehry and Elsa Peretti. Discover the gem that has stimulated scientists, inspired writers and influenced artisans for thousands of years in The Field Museum’s exhibition, The Nature of Diamonds, now open.

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