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San Diego — By Pam Nagata on May 21, 2010 at 8:50 pm
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All That Glitters Besides Diamonds and Emeralds

San Diego Natural History Museum opened a new exhibition All That Glitters:  The Splendor and Science of Gems and Minerals. You can leave your “bling” at home as there will be plenty to see with the Museum’s own collection.    Renowned jewelry houses as Tiffany & Co., Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels are on loan from private collectors and such notable institutions as the American Museum of Natural History, Gemological Institute of America, Harvard University Mineralogical Museum, Newark Museum and the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution.

One of the signature pieces in the exhibition is the Aurora Diamond Butterfly of Peace, created as a symbol of the soul and of positive transformation by diamond dealer Alan Bronsten.  Natural fancy-colored diamonds are so rare that it took 12 years to amass the 240 diamonds, paired for color and size.

A local favorite, the Carousel Egg is a miniature replica of one of Balboa Park’s most beloved attractions – the carousel outside the San Diego Zoo – inside a bejeweled enamel egg.  Each hand-carved animal depicts one of the actual 56 that revolve on the real carousel.  And yes, it really plays music!

The San Diego Natural History Museum is open daily from 10am-5pm.

Ticket Prices:  Adult -$16, Senior (62+) – $14;  Active military, youth (17-17), student (with ID)  -$11.  The first Tuesday of each month, all museums in Balboa Park are free for residents.

San Diego Natural History Museum (located in Balboa Park), 1788 El Prado, San Diego (map)

Photo courtesy of San Diego Natural History Museum.

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