Diamonds, topazes, sapphires and aquamarines… we are all fascinated by precious stones, and by the image of luxury and the jeweller’s skill that they evoke. The exhibition at the Grande Galerie du Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle (Gallery of Evolution of the National Muséum of natural History) sheds light on the multi-millennial history of these minerals, born in the depths of the earth.
An immersive, interactive journey reveals the process by which these stones were formed at the heart of our planet. Explore their story through the history of Man’s efforts since prehistoric times to shape them into magnificent jewels; objects of seduction, and instruments of power.
Since the 18th century, precious stones have also been objects of study for mineralogists and gemologists. The exhibition invites you to compare stones in their raw form with magnificent gems from the workshops of the famous Van Cleef & Arpels. The luxury jeweller from Paris’s Place Vendôme has provided the Museum with 200 of its most beautiful creations, offering an experience that will delight younger and older eyes alike. Inspect the forty or so display cases and uncover the mystery of the sparkle and brilliance of these beautiful, highly prized precious stones.
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Days and opening hours
From 16/09/2020 to 14/06/2021, daily between 10 am and 6 pm except on January 1st, May 1st and December 25th.
- Full price: 12 €, Reduced price: 9 €, Family pass: 35 €.