The Sparkling Science of Jewelry at the Perot Museum – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth


All that glitters is at The form of matter: through the eyes of an artist, a special exhibition showcasing the work of internationally renowned jewelry designer Paula Crevoshay. The exhibit is on display at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas until April 20.

Showcasing around 70 pieces of Crevoshay’s jewelry, this exhibit is at the intersection of science and art. “This is the art of nature,” said Kimberly Vagner, director of the Gems and Mineral Center of Excellence at the Perot Museum.

The jewelry is organized by the crystal systems of the gemstone, starting with the most symmetrical to the least symmetrical. “The story we tell is basically about looking from the mineral down to the cut gemstone to the finished jewelry and then talking about the different crystal systems that minerals form,” said Vagner.

Perot Museum of Nature and Sciences

The cases of the exhibition present jewels organized by the crystalline systems of its precious stones.

Knowing the science of minerals and gemstones is essential for creating beautiful jewelry.

“It’s really important for jewelers to understand these crystal systems because it dictates the behavior of these gemstones. When you cut them and we place them, we need to know all of this. Otherwise, we could break the stone when it is cut or when it is placed, ”said Vagner.

While these necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and brooches are bold pieces, Vagner says the jewelry is fun to wear. “When you think about designing jewelry and making it a really good piece of jewelry, you have to think about the symmetry of the piece, how it’s going to rest on the body,” Vagner said. “Have you ever had a ring that always ends up tilting to one side because it’s out of balance?” It’s the mathematical side, the scientific side.

There are surprises in the exhibition. Among the minerals and gemstones of diamond, sapphire, amethyst and opal is a perfectly formed gold crystal. “It’s real gold. This is how he was formed. We didn’t do anything about it. This is how he came out of the earth naturally, ”said Vagner. “This is what a gold crystal looks like.”

Crevoshay’s work has been featured in several museums, his sparkling works artistically illustrating basic concepts of gemology. “Its background is art,” said Vagner. “That’s why, when you look at these pieces, you can feel a painterly touch with this mixture of very colorful gemstones. “

Crevoshay discusses her favorite gemstones and how she creates her pieces.

NBC DFW: What inspires your creations?

Paula Crevoshay: I look towards the natural world. Inspiration is all around me. Finding the subject is not the problem; deciding what to do next is the challenge!

NBC DFW: You work with a wide variety of gemstones. Do you have a favorite gemstone to work with?

computer : I love them all! I feel like I was given the big box of pencils! Different stones can evoke different emotions. Some are exciting and some are calming.

Having said that, I love opals. I have often said that they all look like they were painted by Monet. I also have a soft spot for tourmalines because of the wide range of colors they come in.

NBC DFW: Including the design process, how long does it take you to create a piece of jewelry?

computer : Simple designs, with all the stones on hand, can be done in six to eight weeks. More elaborate projects take eight to twelve months. The Man’o War lasted twenty-seven months, and the Garden of Delight box set I made in collaboration with Nicolai Medvedev lasted four and a half years.

Synergy & Symbiosis, a collaborative twelve-piece collection created with Glenn Lehrer, debuted in February 2010 and is expected to be ready for debut at the Alfie Norville Museum in Tucson in late February 2022.

The truth is, every piece of jewelry is an original work of art, the efficiency gains that come with mass production don’t come into play, and we never know when we’re starting something exactly how long it takes. will take, especially if we insist that everything be done at the highest level.

Isometric case of the shape of matter of the Perot museum

Perot Museum of Nature and Sciences

Crevoshay’s designs are often inspired by nature.

NBC DFW: How do you decide which stones to use in which rooms? Do you work with what is available or are you looking for specific gemstones for parts?

computer : When I see a flower or an animal, I immediately know which stones I would use to create its portrait. Some stones, like diamonds, are available in abundance and I can have them delivered to me the next day. Other stones can take months and even years to find, especially if they are very rare or come from deposits that have been mined, in which case I have to search the world for someone who has old stocks or wait and accumulate stones as they slowly arrive. on the market.

NBC DFW: Your jewelry has been exhibited in several museums. How do you think showing these pieces in a museum helps people better understand gems and the art and science of jewelry making? Why are exhibitions like this important?

computer : Art can provide a window or a bridge to discover our world and our place in it. When people see a mineral specimen, they see a beautiful object. When they see a piece of jewelry, they can imagine wearing it or seeing it on someone else. It makes the connection personal. Because it can be personal, it excites the curiosity to know more about what it is, how it came into being, and what it might mean.

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