Brilliant Bohemian Garnets

June 17, 2023 – January 14, 2024

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June 17, 2023 - January 14, 2024

Petrik Gallery

A one-of-a-kind exhibition of priceless antique and modern garnets from the National Museum in Prague, Czech Republic is only making one stop in America — and that’s in Iowa. Nearly 200 objects that feature the fiery red gemstones will be on display. Many pieces are garnet-decorated jewelry, but others are household items like eyeglasses, mirrors, or picture frames. Mining and cutting equipment will also be featured.

Bohemian garnets are an important and beloved part of the cultural heritage for people of Czech and Slovak descent. After this special showing at NCSML, the garnets will be put on permanent display at a special new gallery at the Czech National Museum, never to leave the Czech Republic again.

Sponsored by: BetterLife, Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, UFG Insurance, GreatAmerica Financial Services, Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation, the City of Cedar Rapids Hotel-Motel Tax, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic.

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3 Comments. Leave new

  • Mary Moravek
    April 21, 2023 2:35 PM

    Love my Czech Garnets’

    • Marie A. Read
      May 23, 2023 7:41 PM

      I cherish the garnets I purchased in Prague. My mother was with me when I bought them . When I wear them it brings back heartfelt memories of our travels in the Czech Republic. .

  • One must read, Willa Caither’s book My Antonia to know more about the Czech / Bohemian immigrants.


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