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GIA Museum unveils ’Best of Platinum’

 GIA Museum unveils 'Best of Platinum'

11 December 2009

The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) Museum has opened the doors to its latest exhibit, "Best of Platinum," a showcase of 17 award-winning platinum jewelry pieces.

Platinum Guild International (PGI) assembled the designs from around the world, gathering them together for their U.S. debut.

"The exhibit is a collaboration of design excellence and creativity," PGI Chief Executive Officer James Courage said in a media release. "We hand-selected each piece because it illustrates the high quality and versatility of platinum."

Among the nations contributing designs are China, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, South Africa and the United States, with highlights including pieces from the "Aqua Collection"—such as the "Iraja" necklace crafted from 450 grams of platinum and sparkling with 303 diamonds—and five pieces from the PlatAfrica design competition, a showcase of the best of platinum jewelry from professional and student designers in South Africa.

 GIA Museum unveils 'Best of Platinum'
Platinum arum lily with gold stamen. Designed by Chris Van Rensburg

In addition, the exhibit features award-winning platinum jewelry from the likes of designers Danhov, Gurhan, Kirk Kara, Krikawa, Mark Schneider, Michael B. and Tom Munsteiner.

 GIA Museum unveils 'Best of Platinum'
Platinum bracelet with a 29.26 carat aquamarine. Designed by Tom Munsteiner

"We are honored that PGI has chosen the GIA Museum to display these items," Terri Ottaway, curator of the GIA Museum, said in the release. "This is a wonderful opportunity to share with others the beauty, creativity and craftsmanship involved in designing jewelry, and specifically, learning more about the beautiful metal, platinum."

 GIA Museum unveils 'Best of Platinum'
Iraja, features a cascade of 303 diamonds and 450 grams of platinum. Designed by Ganjam for Arunima Bhaumi

The Best in Platinum exhibit will be on display at the GIA Museum until April 30, 2010. Museum viewings are free and available to the public through scheduled tours.

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