New Dreher Gem Exhibit at GIA
Gemological Institute of America (GIA) is featuring more than 20 animal sculptures by world-renowned gemstone carvers Gerd and Patrick Dreher. These intricately carved works are part of the Dreher family legacy which dates back five generations and is part of the 600-year gemstone carving tradition in Idar-Oberstein, Germany. Titled “Generations of Mastery: Gemstone Carvings by Dreher,” the exhibit shows lifelike depictions of a chamelon, a starfish, and a frog on a lily pad, among others. These pieces, crafted out of various gemstones including jasper, agate, tourmaline, ruby in zoisite, smoky quartz, and grossular garnet, will be on view through this summer.
“Pieces by the Dreher family are among the most admired gemstone carvings in the world,” said Terri Ottaway, Curator of the GIA Museum. “We’re incredibly fortunate to be able to share the Dreher family’s extraordinary craftsmanship.” GIA’s museum is free and open to the public Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Reservations are required. For more information visit www.gia.edu or call 800-421-7250 ext. 4116 to make a reservation.