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Exhibit Design & Museum-Related Projects: Natural History Museum, LA

Brilliance: The Art & Science of Rare Jewels

Mineral Hall - Vault Gallery
December 8, 2021 - February 21, 2022


Discover how gems and minerals are used in a wide variety of fields, from jewelry design to scientific research in geology, chemistry, physics, and other disciplines. Enter our Gem Vault and marvel at the brilliance of over one hundred spectacular objects—necklaces, bracelets, rings, earrings, and unmounted gems—drawn primarily from the works of master jewelry designer Robert Procop—that will be on display alongside minerals from the Museum’s collection.


All images are © Natural History Museum, Los Angeles, 2021


The title for the exhibit showcased a gorgeous pink diamond in both an overall view and a macro view within the letterforms.


An attractor case at the entrance to the mineral hall lead visitors to the special exhibit.


Each case had spectacular jewels, each identified on a semi-translucent label.


As you approach the special exhibit, a moving title projection in dual languages lets you know you've arrived.


Projection with the Spanish title in view.


The title wall also showed the bilingual titles, with amazing gem cases arrayed around it. A map helped locate areas of origin for each rare gem.


Another attractor case at the entrance to the vault gallery


Special cases showcased the work and creative process of jeweler Robert Procop, along with his collaborations with celebrities.


A centrally located column was changed from architectural eyesore to a canvas for fun facts.


A video at the northeast corner of the gallery was updated to reflect the display and provide key information.


The interior of the vault gallery, with another attractor case at center.

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