BAR 35:02, Mar/Apr 2009
“Apples of Gold”
While diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, gold is forever. And in honor of Israel’s 60th anniversary in 2008, the Harry Oppenheimer Israel Diamond Museum, located within the Israeli Diamond Industry complex in Ramat Gan, paid tribute to the rich history of gold jewelry design in Israel with an exhibition of rare and ancient jewelry excavated at archaeological sites throughout Israel.
The exhibition took its name, Apples of Gold in Pictures of Silver, from the King James Bible version of Proverbs 25:11: “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.”
More than 100 pieces from the vast collection of the Israel Antiquities Authority, the Rockefeller Museum in Jerusalem and the Reuven and Edith Hecht Museum in Haifa were individually selected for display by curator Yehuda Kassif.