Glorious Glorious Gems
Shine bright like a diamond. Discover the array of radiant diamonds from round brilliants, to marquise-cuts, to emerald-cuts, and other diamonds of rare cuts and colours.
29 July – 25 September
Go green with envy with our showcase of emeralds of different cuts and intensity. Alongside the greens, you'll get to see luscious blue sapphires, intense red rubies, and a gamut of semi-precious stones in this prismatic affair.
These are every one's best friends and they come in all shapes and sizes. The final cut stones you see are the result of careful deliberation to sculpt them in a way that minimises the inclusions and maximises their brilliance.
Diamonds can exhibit different colours when there are anomalies in their lattice structure or if other chemical compounds are trapped within. The value of coloured diamonds depends on their rarity, as well as how clear and intense the colours are. Brown diamonds are the most common of coloured diamonds while red and blue diamonds are extremely rare and highly sought after.
Emeralds are part of a family of gems called beryl and are mined all over the world including Central and South America, and Africa. They are rarer and often more expensive than diamonds, especially if they have more intense colours and less inclusions.
The name ruby comes from the Latin word “ruber”, which means red. Ruby and sapphire are both composed of the mineral 'corundum', and the stones have to be really red to be considered a ruby. Before the 18th century, spinels were often mistaken for rubies as there were no scientific way to test their chemical compositions.
Sapphires come in a range of colours, most often blue, while the extremely rare sapphires with pink and orange hues are called "padparadscha" sapphires. The word sapphire is derived from the Greek word ‘sappheiros’, and the name was once used to refer to another blue gemstone, the Lapis Lazuli.
Tourmalines are often dichroic, which means that they can vary in colour and intensity when held at different angles. Tourmalines can come in almost any colour and are often prized for their beautiful gradient hues.
Tanzanite is a blue-purple gemstone that can appear blue, purple, or brownish-yellow depending on the angle from which you look at. This is because they are uniquely trichroic, and radiate three different colours from each of its crystallographic axes.
Curious to see the actual gemstones? For a limited time only, reserve your slot to see them in person.