Zoltan David – Moonstone and Platinum ‘Iris’ Pendant at The Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of Natural History

Zoltan David

Jewelry designer Zoltan David donated an award-winning* moonstone and platinum pendant to The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History.

The “Iris” necklace prominently features a 35.63 carat marquise-cut cat’s eye white moonstone from India. Surrounding this impressive gem are 35 round cabochon blue moonstones (each weighing 0.50 carats) and 164 ideal-cut diamonds (1.20 carats total). This intricate design is set in platinum and bronze with a blue patina called “shaped inlay,” an invention patented by David.

During the “shaped inlay” process, pure platinum is inlaid into the blue bronze both in the pendant and on each round link of the necklace with the inlaid platinum then hand-engraved and formed into spheres 

The reverse side of the pendant showcases a palladium back plate that is engraved with: “By the light of a silvery moon, an ocean of life awaits your magical touch.”

Congratulations, Smithsonian on your newest addition from Zoltan David!

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*Iris won Platinum Honors in the Classic category at 2016 American Gem Trade Association Spectrum Awards

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