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Millennium Sapphire LLCBy Millennium Sapphire LLC
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Millennium Sapphire LLCBy Millennium Sapphire LLC
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About

ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM SAPPHIRE

This magnificent gem was recorded by Guinness in 2002 as a new worlds record at 61,500 carats (12.3 kilos). In 1999 the sapphire was carved into an “Object de art” which was designed and overseen by Alessio Boschi, a renowned designer from Milan. The carving celebrates the triumph of mankind throughout the last 5,000 years of human civilisation and depicts noted explorers, leaders, artists, inventors and famous monuments Worldwide. The subjects start from the Samarian, then on to the Egyptian, Greek & Roman cultures, including the renaissance period right up until modern times. 

Venus de Milo, Great Wall of China, Roman Colosseum, Caesar
Venus de Milo, Great Wall of China, Roman Colosseum, Caesar

Each design depicted on the sapphire has it’s own replica carved in lapis. The sapphire, along with the accompanying lapis menagerie is truly awesome and can be the subject of virtually endless exhibit themes. The gem has only been publicly displayed twice: once at an Academy Awards party in 2002 and again in June 2004 upon the christening of the largest ship on the Pacific Ocean, The Sapphire Princess in Seattle. She truly inspires great interest and awe whenever she is shown. The Sapphire is one of the most documented gems in the world and has been featured on most major networks such as CNN, FOX, NBC, CBS, ABC, BBC, Forbes, USA Today, Bangkok Post, South China Morning Post, and numerous trade journals such as GIA’s Gems & Gemology, etc. Harper Collins published a fictional book written by John B. Robinson, The Sapphire Sea, in 2003, inspired by the sapphire’s story of discovery.

Forbes article on the most important gems from Africa.  MS is #3
Forbes article on the most important gems from Africa. MS is #3

WHAT DO WE WANT TO DO?

The goal is to develop a traveling exhibition to tour museums across the USA. The exhibition will be organised with curators in each different museum to include their own works of art depicted and represented in the carvings and subjects on the Millennium Sapphire specifically for each museum. As we have 134 different figurines carved on the sapphire, there are literally an infinite number of themes and exhibits possible. This is a totally unique and exciting educational interactive platform introducing the subjects on the sapphire through their stories to our audiences at the exhibitions. These leaders, pioneers, artists with their creations and their inventions changed our world. Let's inspire the next group of great pioneers and inventors!

Queen Elizabeth I (lapis prototype)
Queen Elizabeth I (lapis prototype)

WHAT WILL YOUR CONTRIBUTION SUPPORT?

We need to raise US$3,000,000 to enable us to develop all aspects of the traveling exhibit (displays, videos, graphics, interactive modules, security, insurance, etc) and bring this magnificent art and gemstone icon to the world, where her story can be told and be appreciated by thousands of visitors. We want you to be a part of a collaborative approach to making this happen, and a unique opportunity to build a connection to the MS and the museums around the USA. We will involve you in the story every step of the way, and acknowledge your generous support on the exhibition tour. The Millennium Sapphire transcends global boundaries and so will this project: even if you are not able to visit the exhibitions we can connect you with the exhibition virtually.

At the end of the exhibition walk through
At the end of the exhibition walk through

WHEN WILL THE MILLENNIUM SAPPHIRE START TO TOUR?

Our goal is to start touring the exhibition by Fall 2017. This will be a huge logistical, security and administrative undertaking. We plan to tour the exhibit in major U.S. cities such as New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Dallas, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle and eventually around the world.

Lions head carved on the white marble base
Lions head carved on the white marble base

WHY KICKSTARTER? 

Putting a museum exhibition together of this magnitude is an expensive undertaking and Millennium Sapphire, LLC will have to raise funds in order to finance the monumental exhibition of this scale. Kickstarter particularly embodies the spirit of collaboration and ingenuity that is central to the creative and innovative themes rendered on the sapphire. We want you to have the opportunity to be personally and directly involved with the MS exhibitions through direct support.

Horses carved on white marble base
Horses carved on white marble base
MS T-shirt
MS T-shirt

Risks and challenges

We need to raise $3 million for the entire North American tour. If we fail to meet the target we will be short of funds but the exhibition development will go ahead. We are confident that there are enough people and corporate sponsors out there who share our desire to bring the Millennium Sapphire Exhibition tour to museums across the USA and enjoy the exhibitions to enable us to be successful.

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    High resolution download of four of our most popular lapis lazuli prototypes.

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    Limited Edition Millennium Sapphire poster.

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    A virtual tour of the first exhibition of The Millennium Sapphire hosted by Daniel Mckinney.

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    One (1) autographed photo of designer Alessio Boschi with the Millennium Sapphire.

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    Come backstage with us for one day behind the scenes on the set up of an MS exhibition.

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    Have lunch with designer Alessio Boschi, producer/owner Daniel Mckinney, sales agent Jeffrey Bergman or John Robinson, author of the Sapphire Sea and get the behind the scene stories of the MS

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    Fifty (50) one day tickets to any exhibit (Available for use at any MS exhibit until 2020.)

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    One (1) infinite ticket pass to all exhibits (Available for use at all MS exhibits until 2020.)

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    One Lapis lazuli replica of Queen Elizabeth I, as shown on the Millennium Sapphire.

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    One Lapis lazuli replica of Neil Armstrong, as shown on the Millennium Sapphire.

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    One Lapis lazuli replica of the Egyptian Pyramid, as shown on the Millennium Sapphire.

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    One Lapis lazuli replica of Leonardo di Vinci's Proportions of the Body, as shown on the Millennium Sapphire.

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    EXHIBITION SUPPORTER. Invitation for you and your guest at the Gala opening party at each exhibit city.

    Plus proud display of your name on the outside of each exhibition and websites as an Exhibition supporter.

    Two (2) infinite ticket passes for use at all exhibits until 2030.

    Two Limited Edition MS Collared T-shirts

    One limited edition (signed by Mckinney/ Boschi) Millennium Sapphire coffee table book with your name inscribed as an Exhibition Supporter.

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    VIP EXHIBITION SUPPORTER. VIP Invitation for you and up to 4 guests (5 places) on the Red Carpet and opening party at each exhibit city.

    Seated with the principals and VIP's of the show at each Gala dinner at each exhibition city.

    Plus proud display of your name on the outside of each exhibition and website as a VIP supporter.

    Private viewing of the exhibition with either producer Daniel Mckinney, Sapphire Sea author John Robinson, agent Jeffrey Bergman or designer Alessi Boschi with unlimited access during each exhibit.

    Five (5) infinite ticket passes for use at all exhibits until 2030

    Five Limited Edition MS Collared T-shirts

    One limited edition (signed by Mckinney/ Boschi) Millennium Sapphire coffee table book with your name inscribed as a VIP Sapphire Supporter.

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