After months (technically years) in the making, the UKFCG’s Guild Collection display finally went live this week at the Museum of Natural History, Oxford.
These beautiful gemstones were all cut by members of The Guild. The collection, which currently stands at 35 will be on prominent display for the next two months in a large glass (alarmed!) cabinet. The gems have been arranged in groups for best effect and are supplemented by fact sheets cataloguing information about each one. Featured are many different designs, some simple, some extremely complex, in a mixture of natural and man-made materials. The pleasure in cutting stones comes from the challenges they present, and several of the stones on show are replicas of some of the world’s most expensive gems.
The Guild Collection will be a fantastic window into the world of faceting for [in normal circumstances] the many thousands of visitors the museum has and will put the Guild in a truly wonderful light. It is hoped that once the exhibition ends, the collection can be kept together, and we are exploring options for a second and equally wonderful home.
More information about individual stones can be found on fact sheets that accompany the exhibition and will also be featured, along with exclusive photos in the forthcoming edition of our members’ magazine Stonechat.
The UKFCG would like to thank The Museum for hosting our collection. Special thanks are also extended to Guild Member Jamie Richardson for whom without his efforts in the last few months, this exhibition would not have been possible.