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German Museum of Precious Stones (Deutsches Edelsteinmuseum)
German Museum of Precious Stones
The German Gemstone Museum displays approximately 10,000 gemstone varieties from all over the world in a stylish three-story building that was formerly a private residence. Next to cut sparkling gemstones and diamonds are artfully crafted sculptures and engravings as well as spectacular mineral specimens. The exhibition begins with minerals and rocks from the Idar-Oberstein region, found and worked more than 500 years ago. Of particular importance here are agate and jasper. Following the regional exhibition is a systematic display of the museum's mineral collection of nearly every known logical cut gemstone variety. Text and pictures explain how the Gemological identification is made. Exquisite examples of both the classic and more recently discovered gemstones can be viewed on the first floor : diamond, ruby, sapphire, emerald, aquamarine, peridot, spinel, tanzanite, garnet and multi-colored tourmaline.
On the second floor is a growing collection of art engravings, cameos and hollowed out vases and dishes. This documents the expertise of many generations of master gemstone cutters and engravers of the Idar-Oberstein district. Gemstones used for technical and industrial purposes are also displayed here.
In the vault of the museum (Gewolbekeller), changing exhibitions on special gemstone topics are regularly scheduled, often in collaboration with other important museums around the world.
Hours: Open daily 9am - 6pm May - October and 9am - 5pm November - April.
Admission: 4.30 € Adults, 3.20 € Concessions, 1.60 € Children under 14 years.
[ Source: http://www.edelsteinmuseum.de/profil.htm ]
Address: Hauptstraße 118, 55743 Idar-Oberstein
Tags: Idar-Oberstein, Gems, Museum
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