The introduction video 'Big Bang' on the museum's website (and embedded below) gives a first glimpse of the exhibition's geological tour beginning with the Big Bang which created the stars 13,800 million years ago, the birth of the sun (4,567 million years ago), earth (4,540 million years) up to haute jewelry made from stones which carry the geological history of our planet such as the flying bird clip with yellow diamond pendant on view on this page."
"This cycle is ongoing: gems keep crystallising. It is happening right now in
the vaults of the Earth but it requires millions of years to be observed." explains Van Cleef & Arpels the continous process of the 'metamorphism' of earth materials into crystals.
The collaboration between the ArtScience Museum Singapore and L'École Van Cleef & Arpels started already last year. The exhibition in participation of the
French National Museum of Natural History shows how the Earth's geological transformations like pressures caused by plate tectonics in mountain regions such as the Himalaya are responsible for gems like jade. Geological events (pressure, temperature, water, etc.) have effects on size, color, transparency and other properties of gems. On display is a wide range of artefacts - from the oldest
meteorites and diamonds, to more recent opals, emeralds and quartz – including the largest (800 kilograms) quartz crystal ever found in the Alps.