DIA Granite Classic Bead

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Wear a piece of the DIA with this 5-sided sterling silver bead made with authentic crushed granite taken from the Detroit Institute of Arts. This versatile sterling bead can be worn on a chain as a necklace or on your favorite interchangeable charm bracelet. 

The granite was removed during the renovation of the north wing of the museum which made way for the completion of the Robert and Katherine Jacobs Asian Wing, and once formed the large staircase that took visitors from the Kirby Lobby to the Contemporary Galleries on the second floor.

Materials like these play an important role in the history of the DIA’s architecture. The addition of the north wing in 1971, designed by the architectural firm Harley, Ellington, Cowin & Stirton, employed the use of a dark granite on the building’s exterior to serve as a backdrop for the original white marble building. During a later renovation, the exterior of both the north and south wings were refaced in the same white marble as the original Cret building, allowing the additions and the original building to appear more unified.

Perfect for anyone with a love for Detroit history, the DIA, or art and architecture.

Handmade in the USA

Materials: Authentic DIA crushed granite, resin, .925 sterling silver

Each bead has a 3/8" diameter with a 1/8" diameter opening.

Sold individually.