Hillman Hall of Minerals and Gems

Wertz Gallery: Current Exhibits

TulupovLapidary Art carvings by Slava Tulupov

Wertz Gallery is currently highlighting recent acquisitions featuring two award-winning carvings, Dragon and Polar Bear, by world-renowned lapidary artist Slava Tulupov.

Lapidary artists are classically trained artists devoted to “the art of the gem.” Gemstones, jewelry and sculptures created by lapidary artists are called “Lapidary Art.”

Click here to read excerpts of an article about Slava Tulupov from Professional Jeweler magazine, March 2000. (Microsoft Word document)

Polar Bear

A Fabergé-style carving from a type of opal known as “cacholong.” Polar Bear was awarded first place for carving at the Jewelry Olympus international competition in St. Petersburg, Russia in 2005.

Dragon

An abstract carving of quartz variety “California Mojave blue chalcedony.” Dragon was awarded first place for carving in the AGTA Cutting Edge competition in 1999 and first place for artistry and technical skills at the Jewelry Olympus international competition in St. Petersburg, Russia in 2005.

Click on images for larger view. Bear and Dragon Photos: Slava Tulupov

Polar Bear by Slava Tulupov
Polar Bear
Dragon by Slava Tulupov
Dragon

Recent Donations

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Diamond & Platinum Brooch
Diamond & Platinum Brooch
6.94 total carats of diamonds
Sapphire, Diamond & Platinum Ring
Sapphire, Diamond & Platinum Ring
10 carat sapphire with 4.2 carats of diamonds
     
Emerald, Diamond & Gold Pendant
Emerald, Diamond & Gold Pendant
13.29 carat emerald with 2.65 carats of diamonds
  Sapphire, Diamond & Platinum Ring
Sapphire, Diamond & Platinum Ring
10 carat sapphire with 1.5 carats of diamonds
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