The Harry Oppenheimer Diamond Museum in
The exhibit opening was attended by Industry, Trade and Labor Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer, leaders of the diamond industry, and Deputy German Ambassador to Israel Peter Freugel, as well as gemstone artists from Idar-Oberstein.
Curator of the exhibit at the Harry Oppenheimer Diamond Museum, Yehuda Kassif, told the audience how the idea for the exhibit had come into being: "After visiting an expo of jewelry and art objects that took place in Europe about a decade ago, where I saw amazingly beautiful sculpture, art objects, and cameos, I decided to bring the first exhibit of its kind to Israel. The idea was to show the miracle of a successful artist's ability brings life into an inanimate object.
"The name of the exhibit, 'And Thou Shalt Breathe Life into Gem,' has a double meaning. On one hand, creating art from inanimate objects almost gives them life, and on the other expresses the artist's complete commitment to his art – in the sense of the colloquial expression 'to give your soul [to something.]'"
The objects displayed are worth some $1 million, and the exhibit will be open to the general public until the end of March 2011.
The exhibit is being held under the auspices of German Ambassador to
Exhibit: And Thou Shalt Breathe Life into a Gem
Dates: September 2010 through February 2011
Curator: Yehuda Kassif email@example.com