An exhibition of paintings and sculptures made entirely from gems, called Than Chau Ngoc Viet (Marvellous Pearl and Vietnamese Gems), is open in Hanoi through November 10.
The event not only enlightens the brilliance of natural Vietnamese gemstones but also highlights the skill and the diligence of the Vietnamese artisans who laboured over these 550 works of art.
The art works aim to capture the spirit of Vietnamese and world's culture. They are recreations of Hanoi's old quarter streets, folk paintings of Dong Ho village, Chinese landscape paintings and art works of the Renaissance.
Paintings on display were made from gemstones, mined in Quy Hop (Nghe An province), Di Linh (Lam Dong), Luc Yen (Yen Bai), Luc Ngan (Bac Giang) and Dac Nong (Dac Lac). The gemstones used for paintings include ruby, topaz, sapphire, spinel, tourmaline, citrine and amethyst.
Alongside the art work, the exhibition also gives a space for the display of jade sculptures, Buddhist statues, jewels and gems used in everyday family life, such as tea sets, bowls, chop-sticks and chessboards.
Each art work costs between US $100 and US $50,000 depending on the type, quality, size and natural colour of the gems.
The Than Chau Ngoc Viet exhibition will travel to Singapore next March.
It is co-organised by the Than Chau Gems & Jewel Company Limited with the support of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, and the Vietnam Institute of Gemstones and Jewellery. (VNA)
Reprinted with permission from Nhan Dan newspaper