More than a decade after its initial display at the Smithsonian's
"Over the past 13 years, the Cup has served as a traveling ambassador for the Smithsonian," said
Known for using rare and intriguing stones, Buccellati chose a large, gray agate as the main adornment of the Cup. Agate, a fine-grained translucent quartz with a banded pattern, is not typically considered to be a precious stone. However, Buccellati's gold work surrounding the agate adds a unique beauty to the intricately engraved chalice. The Smithsonian Cup's main elements include yellow, white and rose gold, as well as hints of silver and 40 medallions in mother-of-pearl. The Cup was 24 years in the making as Buccellati contemplated how to create a chalice that harmonized the natural elements of the agate stone with the ornate decorations handcrafted by
"The Smithsonian Cup symbolizes the strong partnership between the Smithsonian and Buccellati, two organizations that celebrate and honor the beauty of the natural world," said
In addition to currently being on view as part of the National Gem Collection at the
The event was also a celebration of the continuing relationship between Buccellati and the Smithsonian, which began with the dedication of the Cup and correlating exhibition in 2000. The "Buccellati: Gold, Silver and Gems" exhibition featured 75 one-of-a-kind pieces, including necklaces, bracelets, chalices and candlesticks, as well as the exhibition's centerpiece, the Smithsonian Cup.
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