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Get With the Glitterati: The Nature of Diamonds at the ROM

Since the opening of our first mine in 1998, Canada has become the third largest producer of diamonds by value in the world. In celebration of the sought-after mineral, more than 500 objects have been brought to Toronto to shimmer within the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal at the Royal Ontario Museum—an aesthetically apt locale if ever there was one. The grand-scale exhibition, titled The Nature of Diamonds, provides visitors with a precious look into the realm of this iconic gemstone, illuminating the who, what, where, why, when and how of diamonds and the industry through seven informative displays.

In-depth insight comes by way of the “Source of Diamonds on Earth” section exhibiting rare specimens guaranteed to put a twinkle in any jewel addict’s eye, “Diamonds in Industry, Science, and Technology”—exploring diamond-related technology—and “Diamond Exploration and Mining,” which investigates the mining business in Canada and abroad. For those who simply want to be dazzled, the “Gem Vault” offers an up-close view of such spectacular treasures as a 2,600-stone corsage that belonged to the niece of Napoleon Bonaparte. Also glinting in the gallery are a 15 centimetre-long Cartier brooch formerly owned by Sir Elton John, vintage pieces worn by glamour queens like Joan Crawford and Mae West, and so much gleam from Cartier, Tiffany & Co., De Beers and Van Cleef & Arpels, you’ll need shades.

To maintain the lustre on your journey home, check out the exclusive Diamond Shop, which offers a wealth of merchandise—from clothing and home decor items to geological specimens and jewellery—inspired by the exhibit, but available, thank goodness, at more affordable prices.

GEMS Check out the ROM’s Teck Cominco Suite of Earth Sciences Galleries, which showcases one of the finest collections of minerals, gems, rocks and meteorites in North America.

—Andrea Grassi

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