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Gem Carvings by Gerd Dreher

Gerd Dreher is widely regarded as the most talented carver of gemstones to have ever lived. His works—exquisitely detailed, extremely realistic carvings of animals wrought from crystals of ruby, sapphire, citrine, amethyst, aquamarine, topaz, garnet, jasper and agate—are among the most highly sought after masterpieces of the lapidary arts.

Life in Stone, Gem Carvings by Gerd Dreher encompasses more than seventy of Dreher’s hardstone masterpieces created over the last five decades selected from private collections in North America, Europe and Asia. The exhibition represents a unique opportunity to view some of the finest masterworks ever produced by generations of artisans who have devoted their lives to the lapidary arts.

As Gerd Dreher apprenticed with his father gem carver Paul Dreher, Gerd’s son Patrick apprenticed with him, carrying the family tradition into the fifth generation. It is reassuring to know that the Dreher family gem carving tradition will continue well into the 21st century.

This exhibition was organized by the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Local support provided by The John P. McGovern Foundation.

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