Discover the Gemstones, Ruby & Sapphire
Plunge into the fascinating microworld of Rubies and Sapphires
Embark on a journey with two of the most coveted precious gemstones, ruby and sapphire, with L’ÉCOLE’s brand new exhibition, illustrating the marriage between nature’s gift and human creativity.
You’ll first travel inside the gemstones to discover the inner beauty that nature creates through the photomicrography of Billie Hughes, a gemologist and award-winning photographer. Her images are an encounter between art and science, capturing the “birthmarks” of gemstones - the “inclusions” - in microscopic depth, like terraced mountains and iridescent flowers.
Your journey then takes on to explore ruby and sapphire when they are first unearthed, before any human intervention, through the exquisite minerals in their natural geological forms. The various colors demonstrate what nature gives to corundum – the family that ruby and sapphire belong – a palette of rainbow colors.
Alongside the minerals are high jewelry creations showcasing the skill of lapidary – the art of stone-cutting. The various shapes of rubies and sapphires, be it faceted or with smooth surface like cabochon-shaped, bring out the vibrant colors of these two gems which have mesmerized people for thousands of years.
This interactive exhibition also allows visitors to try out the gemologist’s gestures. Through the microscope, get ready to plunge into the fascinating microworld of rubies and sapphires.
June 10, 2020 – September 30, 2020
13:00 – 19:00 (Mon - Sun)
Free admission with free guided tours on the hour (last session at 18:00)
L’ÉCOLE Asia Pacific, School of Jewelry Arts
Unit 510A, 5F
K11 MUSEA, Victoria Dockside
18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Kowloon, Hong Kong