Paris, France — The gemstones are shimmering behind closed doors right now. But one of the most beautiful exhibitions is unfolding in Paris this season at the National Museum of Natural History devoted to the gemstones of the world. Entitled Precious Gems, the show offers a journey into the good earth, a good earth abounding with beauty, beauty showcased in a glittering array of emeralds, rubies, diamonds, sapphires but the semi-precious as well like the peridots, known as the emeralds of the night, or the amethysts in their myriad hues of violet and purple. There is a blue topaz from the Urals that is over 250 million years old. So if you are waiting for the museums to re-open in France or if you can’t come to France when they do, The Gourmet Gazette brings the sparkling show to you.
The show is being held in collaboration wit the Parisian house of high jewelry Van Cleef & Arpels. Precious Gemstones juxtaposes science with the aesthetic showcasing some 500 pieces from the museum’s extraordinary collection of minerals and gems and objects — one of the most prestigious in the world — complementing an array of 200 jewelry creations from the heritage collection of the house of Van Cleef & Arpels. The ruby opens the show and is presented in its raw state, as cut gemstones and a high jewelry piece, a three-part presentation that is found throughout the second part of the exhibition with myriad gems and minerals.