Allison and Roberto Mignone Halls of Gems and Minerals


The Mignone Halls of Gems and Minerals tell the fascinating story of how the vast diversity of mineral species arose on our planet, how scientists classify and study them, and how we use them for personal adornment, tools, and technology. The galleries feature more than 5,000 specimens from 98 countries. 

These halls are included with any admission.

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Opens May 9

Ice Cold: An Exhibition of Hip-Hop Jewelry celebrates hip-hop’s cultural influence through stunning jewelry worn by some of its iconic stars.

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Slick Rick wearing an eyepatch over his right eye, a large crown, heavy gold necklaces, and over 7 large rings. Photograph by Janette Beckman, Courtesy of Fahey/Klein Gallery
Butterfly of Peace

See this dazzling suite of 240 diamonds representing every variety of fancy colored diamond in existence, known as the Butterfly of Peace, on view in the Mignone Halls of Gems and Minerals.

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240 natural, fancy colored diamonds arranged in the shape of a butterfly. Photo by Robert Weldon/© GIA



The Museum gratefully acknowledges Allison and Roberto Mignone for their leadership support of the redesigned Halls of Gems and Minerals.

Generous support has been provided by Melissa and Keith Meister, the Arthur Ross Foundation, Kenneth C. Griffin, and David Yurman.

Additional support has been provided by the John & Amy Griffin Foundation and the City of New York.