Sir Zoltan David Re­ceives Smith­so­nian Hon­our

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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.

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