By Don Douloff, August 14, 2008
Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) will host The Nature of Diamonds, a wide-ranging exhibit slated to run Oct. 25 to March 22, 2009.
Exploring humankind’s fascination for the diamond, the exhibit provides an in-depth examination of the gemstone as a natural substance, digging into its geologic origins, how it’s mined, its cultural significance in art, literature and ornamentation, and its many uses in modern science and technology. All told, the exhibit will showcase about 500 objects, drawn from private collections and major museums around the world.
The exhibit is divided into seven sections, each focusing on different aspects of the diamond. What is Diamond, for instance, introduces visitors to the diamond as a natural substance through an exploration of its physical qualities.
The ROM is the only scheduled Canadian venue to host the exhibition during its North American tour.