In the 3rd century of the current era the term "Frank" was used by Romans and others to describe a group of Germanic tribes living in the Rhine valley. In the 4th century Franks settled within territory ruled by the Romans and were a recognised kingdom. After the fall of the Western Roman Empire the Frankish kingdom under their Merovingian kings spread over all of France (which to this day is named after this confederation of Germans).
Gems, and most especially diamonds, appeal to virtually everyone. So when I was asked to select an object from the Mineralogy department for the ScopifyROM project, I chose a diamond brooch made by the renowned Italian jewellery house Bulgari. What more is there to love about diamonds other than their intense beauty, which is after all skin deep? Well, as ScopifyROM demonstrates, beneath the “wow” factor of this stunning piece lies a multitude of treasures to discover about diamonds.
Google Canada announced on Friday October 11, that they're launching Canada’s first Doodle 4 Google contest for kids. Chris O'Neill, Managing Director Google Canada even posted a blog about this on the Official Google Canada Blog site. Winners will be announced here at the ROM in February, 2014, and the finalists' drawings will even be on display in one of the ROM’s galleries for visitors to see.
On Wednesday October 9, 2013, it was announced that the exhibition The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China’s Emperors, in partnership with Beijing’s Palace Museum, will open at the ROM on March 8, 2014. The legendary Forbidden City, once home to China’s imperial rulers, is now the Palace Museum, and located in the heart of Beijing. The palatial city, containing about 980 buildings, is home to over 5,000 years of traditional Chinese art and artifacts.