Diamonds aren't a girl's only best friend.
There's also red topaz. And peridot. And the (wonderfully expensive) sapphire.
You'll get to see them all at the recently re-launched Grainger Hall of Gems at the Field Museum.
Lester Lampert, Oak Street jeweler and master of the bling -- his family's been icing up celebs since 1920 -- was commissioned to transform 27 of the Museum's most stunning, albeit old school gems into contemporary, over-the-top jewelry pieces.
Some standouts include a 97.45-carat red topaz, a 153.79-carat peridot measuring nearly two and one-half inches (!) and a double-sided, 37.90-carat star sapphire. Can you say big-time bling?
The pieces were unveiled last week and are on permanent exhibit at ye old Field. Don't plan on throwing down the AmEx on your dream gem though -- c'mon, this a museum! If your appetite for the divine is not sated simply by viewing 27 tantalizing, taunting, teasing rocks, you can purchase museum-inspired pieces at Lampert's 15 E. Oak Street store.
And at much more reasonable prices, like, say, oh, $700, instead of $3 million, it's a much easier way to walk away with your own little piece of history.
Erica Bethe Levin is realizing that her bling-bling collection is running a bit low as she writes for and edits CheekyChicago.com.