Garden of Green

Preview now open. Exhibit opens June 10.

Now Open

Included with General Admission. Mignone Halls of Gems and Minerals, Meister Gallery, 1st Floor.

Choker-style necklace comprised of emeralds and diamonds.
Van Cleef & Arpels
Preview a new exhibition of green gemstones, developed with the renowned French high jewelry house Van Cleef and Arpels.

This spring, visitors can see three spectacular emerald jewels as a special preview of Garden of Green: Exquisite Jewelry from the Collection of Van Cleef and Arpels, which opens on June 10. The full exhibition will feature 44 pieces of beautiful green jewels–32 of which will be on view in the U.S. for the first time.

The preview and exhibition will be on view in the Melissa and Keith Meister Gallery, within the Museum’s new Allison and Roberto Mignone Halls of Gems and Minerals, and is included with all admission.

On View For Spring Preview

Darkened hallway leading to a display case with velvet curtains on either side; sign at the hallway entrance reads "Garden of Green."

Two stunning emerald necklaces and an emerald bracelet from the renowned French high jewelry house Van Cleef and Arpels are now on view in the Meister Gallery.

The Vœux d'Orient necklace features emeralds, black spinels, onyx, and diamond beads arranged in tight, even rows of gemstones.

The Quatre Chemins necklace, from a collection inspired by Grimm fairytales, features 16 emerald-cut Zambian emeralds as well as sapphires and diamonds.

The final preview piece is a unique bracelet, which features cabochon emeralds (71.33 carats) seated in rows of platinum and diamonds and was likely displayed at the 1925 International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts in Paris.

Green Gemstone Showcase in June

Emeralds are well-known, but green stones come in many beautiful shades. Garden of Green will include beautiful jewelry made of peridot, chrysoprase, malachite, jade, and more.

To see more green minerals and gems before this special exhibition opens, visit the Allison and Roberto Mignone Halls of Gems and Minerals, which features more than 5,000 mineral specimens from around the world, includes spectacular examples of green stones, carvings, and jewelry, including the 632-carat Patricia Emerald and the 12-inch Olmec ceremonial axe carved from jadeite jade more than 2,500 years ago.