One of my favorite permanent exhibitions at the DMNS is the collection of gem carvings by Vasily Konovalenko. We are fortunate to have approximately 30 pieces here in Denver. Each scene is carved from selected gemstones to represent various colors and textures. The photo above was taken through thick glass and had three-way mirrors to reflect side and rear views, so the quality of the photo does not do the scene justice. The Collection can be seen on the web in more detail.