In what may be an inspirational art of life that has in turn inspired more art, today Marvel at Comic-Con announced the creation of a real-life Infinity Gauntlet containing six gems including ruby, emerald, sapphire, diamond, garnet and amethyst. . All together they are called Infinity Collection of Gemstones.
According to Marvel, “The six stones together weigh over 150 carats and have a combined estimated value in excess of $25 million.”
shark tank star Daymond John unveiled the collectibles today and said, “There will be a limited number of certified ones and they will be available to the public on a drip.”
The debut of the collection is a kind of full cycle moment. It has long been suspected that the Infinity Gauntlet in the comics is inspired by a 16th-century Catholic relic: the Imperishable Hand of Saint Teresa of Avila. The relic is thought to be the real hand of the saint, but in the photographs it appears to be made of metal instead of flesh, with gemstone rings on each finger. The new glove and Infinity Collection of Gemstones seem to reflect the origin of the piece.
Paul Gitter, senior vice president of Marvel Consumer Products, said in a statement, “Fans and collectors are very important consumers for Marvel as they truly live the Marvel life every day and are always looking to connect with the brand in new and unique ways. We think this authentic gem collection is cool and unexpected and empowers the Marvel brand.”
The collection was curated by Adam Mirzoff, fourth-generation jeweler and president of East Continental Gems, while Darren Romanelli, aka DRx, was the collection’s creative director.
The Infinity Gauntlet designed to house these gems was specially designed by Gentle Giant Ltd., a company that makes high quality collectible toys and consumer products.
Here is a description of each of the actual stones and what they represent:
time stone Colombian emerald brilliant color. According to the documents of four gemological laboratories, this gemstone has not been processed and weighs about 23 carats. In the Marvel Universe, the Time Stone has the ability to manipulate time even in places outside of time.
space stone This is a sapphire from the island of Madagascar, weighing over 30 carats. In the Marvel Universe, the space stone allows its user to exist anywhere, move through different realities, warp or reshape space, teleport between planes regardless of the laws of physics or magical barriers.
Reality Stone Over 15 carats natural oval ruby from Mozambique, Africa. In the Marvel Universe – objectives, realities, concepts, visions – things that would normally be impossible to achieve are made possible by the Reality Stone. He can retroactively create alternate realities around these changes.
Power stone Natural oval-shaped amethyst weighing over 35 carats.
In the Marvel Universe, the Power Stone allows its users to access and manipulate all forms of energy, as well as increase their physical strength and stamina. In full, the Power Stone can bestow omnipotence. Notably, the gem enhances the effects of five other gems; this is sort of the key to starting the engine of the Infinity Stones as a unified collective force. The ultimate power of the Power Stone – and why it takes pride of place in the Infinity Gauntlet – lies in how the stone interacts with others.
Soul Stone This is a cushion-shaped orange-red spessartine weighing over 35 carats. In the Marvel Universe, the Soul Stone served as an inspiration to everyone else. It can manipulate a person’s soul and essence, control life and death, and contains a pocket dimension called the Soul World.
Mind Stone is a rectangular yellow brilliant cut of high clarity and rich color, weighing about 35 carats. In the Marvel Universe, the Mind Stone allows the user to awaken or enhance psionic abilities such as telepathy and telekinesis. When combined with the Power Stone, it can even unlock access to all existing minds at the same time.
In conjunction with the SDCC debut, East Continental Gems will also be releasing a limited edition Reality Stone in September 2022 as part of a future collection to be announced at a later date.
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