Today at The Studio we bring you a little fodder for your creative soul. Here at Rio Grande, one of our favorite places to go in search of inspiration and new ideas is museums. All that creative genius gathered in one place just makes us want to make something. Luckily for jewelers, there are a bevy of jewelry-focused exhibits this spring and fall.
From the Medieval to the avant-garde to the diamond-studded, the exhibits offer a little creative rejuvenation in the dark days of winter. Even if you can’t make it to the physical museum, it’s fun to scroll through photos and click around the exhibits’ website for new ideas.
Fashion Jewelry: The Collection of Barbara Berger, Museum of Arts and Design, New York City. The exhibition runs through April 14.
Featuring one-of-kind pieces by design powerhouses such as Dior, Yves Saint Laurent and Miriam Haskell, this extravagant collection of necklaces, bracelets, brooches and earrings will make your inner avant-garde artist swoon. Acquired over a lifetime by collector Barbara Berger, the exhibition offers an incredible look into the world of couture jewelry.
The Cheapside Hoard: London’s Lost Jewels, Museum of London. The exhibition runs through April 27.
Found buried in a cellar in Cheapside, London in 1912, this extraordinary collection of 16th and 17th century jewels is jaw dropping. The entire collection (nearly 500 pieces!) will be on display for the first time in a century, offering an unrivaled look into the jewelry styles of Elizabethan England. The latest scientific research into the Hoard’s mysterious origins, which seems to involve dodgy jewelers, fraud, and a murder on the high seas, will accompany the exhibit.
David Webb: Society’s Jeweler, Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida. The exhibition runs through April 13.
With clients such as Jacqueline Kennedy, Doris Duke and Elizabeth Taylor, David Webb created pieces for some of America’s most iconic leading ladies. The 80 pieces included in this exhibit put his technical mastery and whimsical design sense, inspired by the free-spirited ethos of the ‘60s and ‘70s, on extraordinary display. Bejeweled sea creatures and elephants wrought in pearl and rubies are just of hint of what you’ll see. The exhibition also offers Webb’s renderings, drawings and other behind-the-scenes glimpses of the jeweler at work.
Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century, Denver Art Museum. The exhibition will open Sunday, November 16. Cartier is one of the world’s most well-known jewelry brands, and this exhibition examines its rise to prominence and the success of its brand. Being focused on Cartier, the show is sure to be packed with diamonds and jewels, and who can’t gather a little inspiration from that?
Jewels by Jar, Metropolitan Museum of Art. The exhibition runs through March 9.
Featuring more than 400 works by jewelry designer Joel A. Rosenthal, who works under the name JAR in Paris, this retrospective is aglitter with gemstones set in metals that range from platinum to aluminum. Known for his pave work, JAR’s pieces display an incredible use of color--he almost paints with jewels!
Did we miss any exhibits? If you know of one we didn’t mention here, share the details by leaving a comment. Also, tell us what places offer you the greatest inspiration. We’d love to hear about them!Comment on this article
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