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Legendary Diamonds

 

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June 20
“Wire Wrap Jewelry Demonstration”

Visiting Artist, Bill Zima will demonstrate his wire wrapping techniques for creating unique designs with wire and stone. Wire wrap cannot be mass-produced and uses no solder or glue. It is one of the oldest jewelry design techniques and today remains an individualistic art form. Learn basic techniques and refined designs from a master craftsman.

Demonstration – Youth to Adult – 2 p.m. – 60 minutes
Regular Museum Admission – Museum Members Free
Reservations Recommended

June 27
“Legendary Diamonds”

Ariane Karakalos, curator of the exhibit from Ventura, California presents the tantalizing stories of famous diamonds replicated in this exhibit. The artistry of George Stuart brings the owners of the diamonds to life with his historically accurate figures. See famous diamond replicas created in CZ and trace each diamond’s legend as they passed through famous royal owners from India to France, the U.S. and Russia. The Special Exhibit “Legendary Diamonds” opens on June 27 with this lecture.

Lecture – Youth to Adult - 60 minutes – 2 p.m.
Admission: $10.00 per person, Museum Members Free.
Reservations Recommended: (630) 833-1616

July 17
Fossil Collecting Field Trip

Travel by motor coach to Vulcan Quarry in Sycamore, Illinois. Collect Silurian and Ordovician Period marine fossils in shale and limestone. Collectable fossils include: brachiopods, cephalopods, corals, crinoids, gastropods, and more.

Field Trip - Ages 8 yrs. to Adult
Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Fee: $45.00 per person, Museum Members $40.00
Reservations Required: 630-833-1616

Rock & Mineral Identification

Geologist Sara Kurth presents an introduction to rocks and minerals. Learn to identify minerals through basic hands-on identification including observation skills and hardness tests, great for teachers and rockhounds. This program qualifies for Boy & Girl Scout merit badges. Scout groups require adult supervision. Teachers can earn Professional Development credit for this class. For more information regarding P.D. credit contact the Museum Educator at educator@lizzadromuseum.org.

Class – Ages 8 yrs. to Adult
75 minutes – 10:30 a.m.
Saturday Classes: July 18 and September 19
Fee: $5.00 per person,
Reservations Required: (630) 833-1616

 

July 25
“Legendary Diamonds Docent Tour”

Join Museum docent, Sakina Bharani on a guided tour of the “Legendary Diamonds” exhibit. Learn more about the historical figures, facts, fiction and mysteries that surround these famous diamonds including the Table Cut, the Regent, the Hope, and the Orlov diamonds and their missing counterparts. If you have a group of 8 or more and would like to schedule a personal tour, please call the Museum for reservations.

Tour Times: 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.
Regular Museum Admission, Museum Members Free Reservations Recommended.

August 15
“Start Your Rockin’ Collection!”

Have you ever thought about starting your own rock collection? Or are your rocks looking for a new home? This activity will help you get started creating your very own, personalized rock cartons! Repurposed egg cartons are provided for rock and mineral identification, or you can bring your own collection box. Materials for decoration and personalization will be provided, and each child will choose several rocks to start or fill in their collection. Rocks from home can also be brought in for identification.

Workshop – 2:00 p.m. – 60 minutes - Ages 5 to 10 yrs.
Fee: $5.00 per person, Museum Members Free.
Reservations Required: 630-833-1616

August 29
“Volcanoes”

Geologist Sara Kurth presents an interactive lecture on volcanoes. She will discuss the mechanisms of how volcanoes work, and compare different eruption styles. This presentation will focus on recent volcanic eruptions and explore how volcanoes can both positively and negatively affect local and global communities. Hands-on specimens will be available to see and touch.

Lecture – 2:00 p.m. – 60 minutes - Youth to Adult
Regular Museum Admission, Museum Members Free
Reservations Recommended

Mulford Quarry

September 12
“Fossil Collecting Field Trip”

Travel by motor coach to Mulford Quarry in Rockford, Illinois. Collect Ordovician Period marine fossils in dolomitic limestone. Collectable fossils include: brachiopods, cephalopods, corals, crinoids, gastropods, and more.

Field Trip - Ages 8 yrs. to Adult
Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Fee: $45.00 per person – Museum Members $40.00
Reservations Required: 630-833-1616

September 26
Celebrate Smithsonian Museum Day

As a Smithsonian Affiliate, the Lizzadro Museum is offering Free admission to visitors presenting a Museum Day Ticket available on-line at smithsonianmag.com/museumday. The Museum Day Ticket provides free admission for one person, and a guest. Join Museum docent, Sakina Bharani on a guided tour of the “Legendary Diamonds” exhibit. Learn more about the historical figures, facts, fiction and mysteries that surround these famous diamonds.

Tour Times: 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.
Regular Museum Admission, Museum Members Free
Free with Smithsonian Museum Day Ticket.

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“Legendary Diamonds” tell the fascinating stories of some of history’s most famous diamonds and their equally famous owners. The exhibit blends Scott Sucher’s lapidary art of faceting with the historical figural artistry of George Stuart. Four visual vignettes with accessible QR code audio, trace the most current historical research of the diamonds. Each diamond’s original source is from India, from there the diamonds are sold, traded, looted, recut, and repurposed. Today the diamonds still exist. Maybe the adage is true: diamonds are forever. In the case of these famous diamonds, they have stood the test of time.

The special exhibition “Legendary Diamonds” opens on June 27 and will be on display through January 3, 2016. The vignettes feature 9 famous historical characters from India, to France, Russia and the United States. If you have a group of 8 or more and would like to schedule a personal tour, please call the Museum for reservations.

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The Sun King, Louis XIV kept the Tavernier Blue diamond in his cabinet of curiosities until deciding to re-cut it for his apparel. In 1678, Louis XIV commissioned the court jeweler to recut the Tavernier Blue, resulting in a 67.125-carat stone which royal inventories thereafter listed as the Blue Diamond of the Crown of France. Later English-speaking historians have simply called it the French Blue. The King had the stone set on a cravat-pin.

In 1749, Louis’ descendant, King Louis XV, had the French Blue set into a more elaborate jeweled pendant for the Order of the Golden Fleece. The assembled piece included a red spinel of 107 carats shaped as a dragon breathing “covetous flames”, as well as 83 red-painted diamonds and 112 yellow-painted diamonds to suggest a fleece shape. The piece fell into disuse after the death of Louis XV. The diamond became the property of his grandson King Louis XVI.

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The Shah Jahan holds the turban ornament containing the Great Table Cut diamond. Taken as plunder by an Iranian Mogul, the diamond disappeared, although there is some evidence is still exists.


 

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Ariane Karakalos
Curator and exhibit manager at the Museum of Ventura County in California, Ariane Karakalos was born and raised in a small town near Kassel, Germany. She attended the University of Leipzig and graduated with a M.A. in Cultural Studies and American Studies. She has worked for the Museum of Ventura County for 8 years. Each year Ms. Karakalos curates two exhibitions inspired by the Museum’s extensive collection of George Stuart Historical Figures®.

On Saturday, June 27 at 2:00 p.m. Ms. Karakalos will present a lecture on the “Legendary Diamonds” exhibit. Learn more about how the exhibit was put together, the tantalizing stories of the famous diamonds replicated in this exhibit and the artistry of George Stuart. Reservations are recommended

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George Stuart
The Historical Figures are the result of artist George Stuart’s life-long dedication to the creation of three-dimensional and one-quarter life size portraits of historic personalities. In 1952, he created his first two Historical Figures: the French royal couple Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. Over the decades George Stuart elevated his skill to the pinnacle of perfection. To date, he has sculpted over four hundred Historical Figures. They are renowned for their realism, exquisite detail and historical accuracy.

The Museum of Ventura County accepted Stuart’s donation of almost 200 Historical Figures in 1979. The Museum’s Smith Gallery was built and dedicated to the George Stuart Historical Figures® Collection in 1982. The artist currently owns about 140 additional Figures. They are a promised gift to the Museum. Around 60 of his Historical Figures are in private collections nation-wide. To this day, George Stuart creates new Historical Figures. His most recent accomplishments are Shah Jahan and Evalyn Walsh McLean. Much of his time, however, is dedicated to the maintenance and constant improvement of existing Figures because George Stuart is a relentless perfectionist!

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