GIA’s Jewels of India Exhibit Extended Until Oct. 10

While a necklace exhibiting mango-shaped elements (a manga mala) is traditional in South India, a manga mala as elaborate as this one was worn only by those who could afford such a massive gem-set jewel. Note the stylized mangos around the collar of the necklace. Its pendant represents the mythical two-headed bird (gandaberunda) that was the emblem of Mysore’s Wadiyar royal family. There is elaborate repoussé detailing on the back. Mysore 19th century diamond, ruby and emerald in 22K gold Necklace 79 cm long, pendant 11 x 8.5 cm

Unique collection of historical jewelry on display at GIA in Carlsbad, CA

WHO: GIA (Gemological Institute of America)

WHAT: “Centuries of Opulence: Jewels of India” features 50 remarkable gemstone jewelry pieces on loan from a private collection that showcases more than 300 years of adornment in India.

This unique exhibit has been featured in many media outlets including CBS News Channel 8, San Diego Union Tribune, Ranch & Coast and many jewelry trade publications.

The exhibit explores the original sources of the diamonds, rubies, emeralds, sapphires and other gems decorating these pieces, their religious and cultural symbolism, the wars fought for them and the historical tradition of gemology – the study of gems – in India.


WHEN: On display until October 10, 2018

WHERE: Gemological Institute of America Museum

The Robert Mouawad Campus

5345 Armada Drive

Carlsbad, California 92008 USA

MORE: Visitors can schedule a tour by emailing or calling 800-421-7250 ext 4116, or +1 760-603-4116 (if outside the U.S. or Canada).

The GIA museum in Carlsbad is home to the Institute’s extensive collection of gems, jewelry and minerals. Visit for a full list of exhibits on display.

An independent nonprofit organization, GIA (Gemological Institute of America) is recognized as the world’s foremost authority in gemology. GIA invented the famous 4Cs of Color, Clarity, Cut and Carat Weight. GIA also created the International Diamond Grading System™ which, today, is recognized by virtually every professional jeweler in the world.

Through research, education, gemological laboratory services, and instrument development, the Institute is dedicated to ensuring the public trust in gems and jewelry by upholding the highest standards of integrity, academics, science, and professionalism.


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