EXHIBITIONS – GemGenève: Flames of Opal Essence exhibition to run from 9 – 12 May, 2024

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GENEVA For its eighth edition, to be held from 9 to 12 May 2024 at Palexpo Hall 1, GemGenève has come up with a new and surprising exhibition honouring that most fascinating of precious stones, opal. 

Known since ancient times, this gem – and its unique iridescence – is one of the greatest miracles of geology. Dubbed the queen of jewels” by Shakespeare, opal has gone down in jewellery history as the gemstone favoured by both Empress Josephine and Queen Victoria. 

With a selection of some fifty jewels and works of art, GemGenève is offering an exhibition that’s as eclectic as it’s poetic.

Flames of Opal Essence sets up a dialogue between the craft of jewelsmithing and contemporary art: a journey of the senses taking visitors on an aesthetic initiation into all the mysteries of iridescence.

An original exhibition design by Autre Idée will introduce visitors to all the properties of this mysterious gemstone, sublimated over and again by jewellers down through the ages.

EXHIBITIONS – GemGenève: Flames of Opal Essence exhibition to run from 9 – 12 May, 2024

Australian black opal (Lightning Ridge), 11.86ct

©Kreis Jewellery

Curated by GemGenève Director Mathieu Dekeukelaire, Flames of Opal Essence has been produced with the support of the Geneva Museum of Art and History, Piaget, A.win Siu, Chris Price Opals, Emil Weis Opals, Ernst Färber, Faerber Collection, Imagem, Kreis Jewellery, and Boris Chauviré of GeoGems, holder of a PhD in mineralogy and acting in his capacity as a scientist specialising in opals.

EXHIBITIONS – GemGenève: Flames of Opal Essence exhibition to run from 9 – 12 May, 2024

Gold bracelet. Champlevé enamel, opal, pearls, rubies, emeralds, gouache on ivory, c.1800/1850 ©Geneva Museum of Art and History collection

EXHIBITIONS – GemGenève: Flames of Opal Essence exhibition to run from 9 – 12 May, 2024

“Vanitas”. Bronze, sapphire, opals and synthetic gemstones, Florie Dupont

©Geneva Museum of Art and History collection

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