Starting this October until the end of March 2010, the Field Museum in Chicago will host an exhibit called 'The Nature Of Diamonds'. The exhibit will tell the story of diamonds from their creation by violent natural forces, their extraction from the earth, to their transformation in the hands of the diamond cutters and the jewelers. In spite of much well deserved bad press surrounding diamonds in the past several years, they remain the stuff of dreams. The exhibit will have plenty of historical texts and cool multimedia displays, but most importantly it will have lots and lots of bling! Cartier, Harry Winston and Tiffany, OH MY!
The Matilde Corsage is one of the pieces in the exhibit and was made for the niece of Napoleon I. It has more than 2600 large diamonds and more than 800 "small ones" and exceeds 136 carats. But can I wear it with a t-shirt and jeans?
Check it out here.