jewelry

A Parure To Remember


For years people have bought souvenirs as reminders of their journeys. They are an echo of the places visited and of the sights seen. Collecting souvenirs was an important part of the overall travel experience for the 19th-century tourist. To be seen as a person of the world was a status symbol, and was important to members of “high society.” By the early 19th-century, Italy had become a popular destination for well-to-do Europeans and Americans.
Parure, micro-mosaic, Glass, jewelry, Italy, grand tour, travel, antiquities

Butterflies are free to let ones spirits fly


When I saw a few of these wonderful butterfly brooches while creating the checklist as curator of Cooper-Hewitt’s 2011 exhibition Set in Style: The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels two things came immediately to mind. The first was what perfect Cooper-Hewitt objects they were, as examples of jewelry design, and as examples of Japanese lacquerwork, a technique represented in the collection but not in jewelry.  The wonderful combination of historic techniques from two cultures combined to create a contemporary object appealed to me for the collection. 
butterfly, lacquer, diamonds, jewelry, inro, Van Cleef & Arpels, Set in Style, water, waves

Down the rabbit hole


In this latest report on your usage of our new online collection, I'm going to look at entry points. One of the main aims of an online collection these days is to move beyond a "view on a database" and deliver some of the affordances of a gallery experience—especially the ability to serendipitously discover new rabbit-holes down which to disappear.
permanent collection, furniture, jewelry, graphic design

Italian Drawings for Jewelry 1700-1875


jewelry, drawings, Italy, Italian, permanent collection, 18th century, 19th century

All That Glisters: Thirty Centuries of Golden Deception


gold, gilding, decorative objects, textiles, ceramics, metalwork, costume, jewelry, Glass, leatherwork, needlework, wallpaper

Enamel: An Historic Survey to the Present Day


enamel, Limoges, decorative objects, miniatures, jewelry

Nineteenth Century Jewelry: From the First Empire to the First World War


jewelry, 19th century, drawings

Creative Craft in Denmark Today: An Exhibition of Contemporary Work Organized by the Danish Handcraft Guild


Denmark, Danish, Greenland, handicrafts, artisans, decorative arts, textiles, ceramics, jewelry, furniture, wallcoverings, 20th century

Set in Style: Patrick Jouin


An interview with the designer of the exhibit, Patrick Jouin. Patrick is a partner at Jouin Manku, a design firm based in Paris, France.
Set in Style, Exhibition, Van Cleef & Arpels, jewelry, Patrick Jouin, Jouin Manku, Celestial Aeon Project, Antony Raijekov

DesignPrep: From Design to Movement


NYC teens worked alongside master jewelry designers from Van Cleef & Arpels as they try their hand at jewelry design here at Cooper-Hewitt in this exciting hands-on program. The exacting labor of creating a maquette, first in wax and then in pewter, is an important part of the jewelry design process. In this video, the Van Cleef & Arpels creative team works with our teens to create and critique their own jewelry designs.
designprep, Teens, youth, high school, students, NYC, New York City, Van Cleef & Arpels, Set in Style, jewelry, jewelry design, education, design education, hands-on, sophie pean, nicolas bos, maquette

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