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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Midnight Dreamscape

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Photo by Ken Larsen. Click to zoom.
Catalog Number NMNH G11497-00

Gift of Mr. Edward R. Patton in 2015.

Midnight Dreamscape is a brooch designed and fabricated by jewelry designer Susan Helmich featuring a gem intarsia created by Nicolai Medvedev. The 18k yellow gold brooch is accented with diamonds (0.17ct total) and a 10mm South Sea pearl. The intarsia includes azurite malachite from Bisbee, AZ in the center, framed by Australian white opal, and then bordered by malachite from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Intarsia is the term applied to both the art of stone and wood inlay, where pieces of the same thickness are precisely shaped to fit closely together without gaps.


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