Sir Zoltan David Receives Smithsonian Honour
Renowned jewellery artist Sir Zoltan David has been awarded a unique, prestigious honour by the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. His award-winning necklace “Iris” will be permanently installed in early 2018 as the centrepiece of the Moonstone Collection in the Feldspar Exhibit at the Smithsonian. Sir David is the only Texas jeweller in history to receive such a distinguished honour from the Smithsonian.
“I am delighted to have my work become a part of American culture,” said Sir David. “This is a literal dream come true for me. As a young man, at the early stages of my training in fine jewellery, I remember standing in the Smithsonian in awe of the craftsmanship surrounding me and hoping that someday my work could be on display there. What an honour to have my Iris necklace showcased with some of the finest jewellery houses in the world. I am a proud small business owner who is truly living the American dream, and I am grateful now to be sharing my work with people from around the country and across the globe.”
The Iris necklace won the 2016 American Gem Trade Association’s (AGTA’s) Spectrum Award and was prominently displayed at the AGTA show in Tucson last year where curators from the Smithsonian saw it. A custom display and lighting are under construction and the museum plans to display the Iris necklace beginning in early 2018 in a permanent position of importance.
A rare shimmering white 35.63-carat cat’s eye marquise-cut moonstone from India forms the centrepiece of this beautiful necklace. The pendant is enhanced with 35 perfectly matched gem quality 5mm moonstones of an iridescent blue hue with a total weight of 18.20 carats. These radiant stones are set in a Zoltan David creation of blue patinated bronze with pure platinum shaped inlay and ideal cut diamonds throughout. The reverse of the pendant is engraved with “By the light of a silvery moon, an ocean of life awaits your magical touch.” The value of the Iris pendant necklace is estimated at $56,000.
Sir Zoltan David’s “Iris” necklace will be the permanent centrepiece of the Moonstone Collection in the Feldspar Exhibit at the Smithsonian.