FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Colors of Light and Stone
Opening June 17, 2007



2002 N. Main St. Santa Ana, CA 92706
Contact:
Diane Pinnick, Director of Public Relations & Marketing
Tel: 714-567-3642 / Fax: 714-567-3603
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Web site: http://www.bowers.org


This stunning piece is from the collection of Michael Scott.  The “eye” in this parrot brooch is a 7 ct. tourmaline from Paraiba State, Brazil. The feathers are composed of 119 tourmalines, 31.09 cts. set in platinum, the beak is 18 KT white gold. It appears in the Bowers Museum exhibit “Colors of Light and Stone” debuting on June 17, 2007. Photograph © Harold & Erica Van Pelt.

WORLD-RENOWNED COLLECTION OF GEMS TO OPEN AT BOWERS MUSEUM
“Colors of Light and Stone,” the Expanded Gem Collection of Michael Scott, Returns to the Museum from June 17, 2007 for a Year-Long Run

In early 2002, Bowers Museum made history with the first public exhibition in a museum of the priceless Michael Scott gem collection. More than 200 exquisite pieces, showing a rainbow range of colors and the rarity of stones, displayed the scientific and artistic aspects of gemstones.  It was then exhibited in 2005 at the Shanghai Museum where it was enjoyed by more than 850,000 visitors.  Arguably the most important private gem collection in the United States, with few rivals in the world outside of the royal families, it’s back and features even more luxurious pieces.  “Colors of Light and Stone” opens on June 17, 2007 for a year-long run in the new Anderson-Hsu-Tu Gallery of Bowers Museum.

“’Colors of Light and Stone’ is the most important exhibition of colored gemstones, diamonds and gems as art ever shown in a U.S. museum.,” says Dr. Peter Keller, president of Bowers Museum, who is also a geologist and gemologist and who curates this exhibit. “What is particularly impressive is that the collection was amassed by one individual in only about 14 years!”

Michael Scott, the first president of Apple Computer, has a collection that rivals that of any national museum, if one excludes historic jewelry such as the Hope Diamond. The collection focuses on quality, but also on variety.  In “Colors of Light and Stone” one will see most of the major gem species in every color and variety known.  In addition, one will see very rare examples of little known color varieties such as green tanzanites and "electric-blue" Paraiba tourmalines.  It also includes 25 examples of cut “collector” stones—those too rare to be used in the general jewelry trade.

The Scott Collection and the exhibition also focus on gemstones as art, largely German gem carvings by artists Bernd Munsteiner and Gerd Dreher and the work of Seattle-based silversmith/contemporary artist, John Marshall, plus some antique jewelry from the mid-19th to early 20th centuries.

Bowers Museum is located at 2002 North Main Street in Santa Ana.  Admission prices for eight exhibits that include “Colors of Light and Stone,” “Treasures from Shanghai: 5,000 Years of Chinese Art and Culture” and “Mummies, Death and the Afterlife of Ancient Egypt…Treasures from the British Museum” and five permanent exhibits are adults: weekends $19 and weekdays $17; senior (62+) and students: weekends $14 and weekdays $12.  Children under 6 are free.  As a special membership privilege to commemorate the grand opening of the Dorothy and Donald Kennedy Wing, $65 memberships ($45 for seniors and students) gain entry for two adults and all children in the household under the ages of 18 all year until May of 2008.

Colors of Light and Stone Lecture Series

Sunday, June 17, 1:30 PM
LECTURE:  THE SCOTT COLLECTION
Michael Scott, retired Apple Computer president, shares an overview of his gem, minerals, and gem-carving collection.
Admission:  Members $8; General $10

Friday, June 22, 1:30 PM
FILM:  SPLENDID STONES
Take a National Geographic journey around the globe to discover the origins of these most coveted gems.
Admission:  Free with paid admission

Saturday, June 30, 1:30 PM
LECTURE:  A TIMELINE OF GEMS AND JEWELS
Gemologist and jewelry historian Christie Romero presents a chronological overview of some of the gems on display in the Scott Gem Collection, including dates of discovery and historical examples of the jewels in which they were mounted.
Admission:  Members $8; General $10

Friday, July 13, 1:30 PM
FILM:  GEMSTONES OF AMERICA
Journey through the richest mines in the United States and through the vaults and high security room of the Gem and Mineral Collection at the Smithsonian Institution.
Admission:  Free with paid admission

Sunday, July 15,  1:30 PM
LECTURE:  JADE, THE STONE OF HEAVEN
Fred Ward, National Geographic photographer and founder and owner of Gem Book Publishers, discusses the reverential passion that China has shown for jade for more than a thousand years and locations throughout the world where this unrivaled stone is found.
Admission:  Members and Students $8; General $10

Friday, July 27, 1:30 PM
FILM:  DIAMONDS – OBJECTS OF BEAUTY, OBJECTS OF GREED
Visit a world of ancient myths and magic, human adventure and tales of amazing wealth and power to understand the vibrant, alluring and dangerous world of diamonds.
Admission:  Free with paid admission

Sunday, July 29, 1:30 PM
LECTURE:  WINDOWS IN THE EARTH – THE MICROWORLD OF GEMS
John Koivula, senior gemologist for GIA and author of more than 50 articles on gemstone inclusions and microscopy, reveals the terrestrial origins, the mystery of the geologic processes, and the microscopic beauty of some of nature’s most intriguing and treasured offerings.
Admission:  Members $8; General $10

Saturday, August 4, 1:30 PM
LECTURE:  DEVELOPMENTS IN THE GEMSTONE TRADE
Via stunning images, gemological photojournalist Robert Weldon, G. G., Manager of Photography & Visual Communications with the Gemological Institute of America discusses the development of fair business practices in the mining and trading of gemstones around the world.  Weldon has authored hundreds of articles and his work has taken him to the world’s most important and exotic gem localities.
Admission:  Members $8; General $10

Friday, August 10, 1:30 PM
FILM:  SPLENDID STONES
Join National Geographic on a journey around the globe to discover the origins of these most coveted gems.
Admission:  Free with paid admission

Friday, August 24, 1:30 PM
FILM:  GEMSTONES OF AMERICA
Journey through the richest mines in the United States and through the vaults and high security room of the Smithsonian Institution.
Admission:  Free with paid admission




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