jewelry

No Breeze Will Ruffle These Feathers


On first glance, this necklace by the Norwegian jeweler and metalwork artist Tone Vigeland, appears to be a luxurious collar made of delicate, lustrous blue-black feathers. It is actually an intricate tour de force in metals, composed of hundreds of steel nails that Vigeland flattened and forged by hand, then meticulously attached one by one to a silver chainmail backing, and embellished with a ring of gold pod-like beads and a simple rose-colored mother-of-pearl clasp.
Tone Vigeland, Norway, jewelry, nails, gold, mother-of-pearl

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

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