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Diamonds, rubies, emeralds on display at pair of shows from Gemological Institute

By Eric S. Page
|  Wednesday, Aug 5, 2009  |  Updated 4:15 PM PDT
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Rare Gems Sparkle in Carlsbad

MoshPix: They say diamonds are a girl's best friend -- and San Diegans now have a chance to glimpse a beautiful bunch of rocks.

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Some San Diegans have a chance to glimpse a beautiful bunch of rocks.

The Gemological Institute of America museum in Carlsbad is showcasing two new exhibits.

Facets of GIA features more than 130 gem-encrusted pieces -- including gem crystals, diamonds, rubies and emeralds. "One of the most notable pieces in the Facets of GIA exhibit is a ruby and diamond necklace and earrings set, which contains 39 natural, unheated Burmese rubies set with 302 diamonds," institute officials said.

The second exhibit, Little and Large, spotlights local artists' work. More than 100 artisans will display a piece of jewelry, from the little to the large, at more than 40 venues thorughout the county.

Both exhibits are currently under way.
 

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