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And Thou Shalt Breathe Life into a Gem

/ Israel

The Harry Oppenheimer Diamond Museum in Ramat Gan is showing the best gemstone carving artists in the first exhibit of its kind in Israel, featuring over 140 examples of gemstones fashioned in the shape of animals and flowers, vessels and jewelry designed by the gemstone carvers of Idar-Oberstein in Germany. Attendees can view the crystal vessels embellished with amethyst and tourmaline flowers; carved goblets; flower jewelry set with diamonds; and animals and images in the style of Faberge.

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 Israel, Dr. Dr. Harald Kindermann.

Exhibit: And Thou Shalt Breathe Life into a Gem

Dates: September 2010 through February 2011

Curator: Yehuda Kassif kassifus@yahoo.com

Picture gallery of the exhibit

Video of the exhibit's opening ceremony

By: Iris Hortman
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