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.
The Middle Eastern two-edged curved dagger is one of the most recognizable weapon forms. Typically it is known by the Arab term djanbīyya sometimes Anglicised as "jambiya", or also often the Arabic term khandjar, but these curved daggers are found across the Middle East.
By Kevin Seymour
Photos by I-Cheng Chen and Jasmine Lin
In July, ROM Assistant Curator Dr. Kevin Seymour offered an enthusiastic group of 25 ROM members a guided tour of the famous fossil site at Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto’s Don Valley. Beautiful weather was the order of the day (after days of rain), giving all participants an enjoyable if somewhat muddy outing.