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The Diamond Exhibition
« on: November 02, 2005, 04:10:23 PM »
At the National History Museum in London there is an exhibition:

"Diamonds - The world's most dazzling exhibition"

from 8th July 2005 - 26 February 2006

http://www.nhm.ac.uk/diamonds/

I am going to go and see it soon because I feel this exhibition was made for me because I LOVE diamonds.
Theres the world famous DeBeers diamond: The Millenium Star (The one that was nearly stolen by a person on a JCB at the Millenium Dome a few years ago)
And two tiaras I recognised immediatley.
One in a kokoshnik style by Peter Carl Fabergé that looks fabulous, but the one I actually gasped at seeing was the one I was overwhelmed with when I saw it in the V&A book - Tiaras. It is the tiara that is centred with the star sapphire that is displayed in my picture, I apologize for the crease, it was scanned from the book a while ago:



The centre eye shape shivers up and down when the wearer moves so all the diamonds shimmer and glisten. Mmmmmmm.
I can't remember the story of it, (I shall edit this when I read the book again) but I think it was when Prince Felix Yusupov and his wife Princess Irina were on their honeymoon in Paris and Irina ordered one. One of the Yusupovs im sure lol! Anyway, I love it and its going to be at the National History Museum and I am going to see it! lol! I cant wait. Anyway enjoy :)

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Re: The Diamond Exhibition
« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2005, 07:25:18 PM »
Wow, that's quite an eye stopper!
Yes DeBeers diamonds can make you absolutely drool.
I remember when we visited DeBeers, it was a lovely place to visit. My husband purchased some diamonds from DeBeers, but it could never beat what you have shared here.

Nice to view the picture. Glad you enjoy diamonds. Great hobby :) !

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Re: The Diamond Exhibition
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2005, 08:53:11 AM »
I would [glb]love[/glb] to go to DeBeers, especially to buy diamonds :)

Anyway, here is the caption for this tiara in the V&A Tiaras book:

A platinum sunburst tiara made by Cartier in 1927 for Countess Tysckiewicz. Its striking design is accentuated by the use of alternating bands of brilliant- and rose-cut diamonds. The central element is tremblant and was once set with a jonquil-coloured diamond which was later replaced by a large star sapphire. Several versions of this jewel were made, by different Parisian jewellers; when Princes Irina Youssoupova was on honeymoon in Paris in 1914, she ordered one from Chaumet. Private Collection.

Doesnt the description just make you druel as much as the picture? lol!  :P
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Re: The Diamond Exhibition
« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2005, 03:48:55 AM »
Well, I am afraid I have some bad news. Due to being tipped off about a huge diamond heist taking place, the diamond exhibition at the natural history museum has been closed immediatley 3 months early. I never got to see it. I am so upset :'(

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Re: The Diamond Exhibition
« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2005, 03:41:13 PM »
Same here. While in London, there was a political protest going on so I stayed away. Thinking that I would be back  in a couple of months anyway- now too late.
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Re: The Diamond Exhibition
« Reply #5 on: December 22, 2005, 04:46:56 AM »
Hi

I saw the exhibition a couple of months ago, popped down after work one evening.  The security was very tight (as you can imagine) but the exhibition was FAB and I remember seeing at least one piece of Faberge there.  

However, the best exhibition was the tiara one at the V&A a couple of years ago, that was truly awesome.  When you entered the reflection of the stones was so bright that you had to avert your eyes!

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Re: The Diamond Exhibition
« Reply #6 on: December 22, 2005, 05:41:04 AM »
I did happen to see the Tiara exhibit at the V&A.  Yes, lavish. Nice catalogue as well. Was there a catalogue for the diamond exhibit ?
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Re: The Diamond Exhibition
« Reply #8 on: January 03, 2006, 11:02:47 AM »
I'm glad someone on this forum went  ;D
did you see the Millenium star?
did they have spotlights on them to get the maximum fire?
did you see the tiara? (above on first post)

*puse with envy*
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