Current Jewellery Exhibitions
This list of current and forthcoming jewellery exhibitions is provided as a service to our members. We have no means of checking the accuracy of the information, and cannot take responsibility for any mistakes. Please check in advance before visiting an exhibition to avoid disappointment.
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Cartier in Motion
Cartier in Motion unravels the unique story of Cartier’s approach to watchmaking and how the invention of the modern wristwatch came about. Curated by Lord Norman Foster, this exhibition includes over 170 exhibits alongside rare insights into the research and work of the designers at Cartier, through extracts from material found in the Cartier Archives. Whilst telling the story of Cartier watchmaking and the invention of the modern wristwatch, Cartier in Motion explores the change in society at the turn of the 20th century. Amidst upheavals in art, architecture, travel and lifestyles, the traces of a new world could be seen.
25/05/2017 – 28/07/2017
The Design Museum
224-238 Kensington High Street, London W8 6AG
Daily, 10am – 6pm.
De Vroomen: Harmony in Colour and Form
This exhibition celebrates five decades of artistic collaboration between renowned husband and wife team, Dutch goldsmith Leo de Vroomen and British jewellery designer and artist Ginnie de Vroomen. It displays over 100 pieces of De Vroomen jewellery, sketches reflecting the creative process, as well as Ginnie’s vivid paintings inspired by nature and the urban landscape. Bold, sophisticated jewellery with flowing lines is placed in conversation with polychromatic abstract art.
12/04/2017 – 26/07/2017
The Goldsmiths' Company,
Foster Lane, London EC2V 6BN
Monday – Wednesday, 10am - 4pm.
Viking: Rediscover the Legend
Two of the most significant and internationally recognised collections of Viking Age treasure in Britain have been brought together for the first time in this major new exhibition. Star objects from the British Museum feature alongside the Yorkshire Museum’s world class collections and are interpreted in new ways to give a fresh perspective on how the Vikings shaped every aspect of life in Britain. It also features ground-breaking research by archaeologists and new discoveries by metal-detectorists which challenge our perceptions of what it means to be Viking. The exhibition willbe open at the Yorkshire Museum 19 May to 5 November 2017, and then tour to the University of Nottingham Museum, The Atkinson, Southport, Aberdeen Art Gallery and Norwich Castle Museum (dates to be confirmed).
19/05/2017 – 5/11/2017
The Yorkshire Museum
Museum Gardens, Museum Street, York, YO1 7FR
Daily: 10.00am – 5pm
Stone of Heaven. HRH Prince Henrik’s Collection of Oriental Jade
In Asia, jade stone has been given the poetic title ‘Stone of Heaven’, and because of its beauty jade has become associated with the spirit world – as a link between heaven and earth. Jade stone, with its aforementioned beauty, colour and texture has been used for carved figures, imperial objects for everyday use, gifts for the dead, protective talismans and jewellery. As jade has not been utilised in Denmark to the same degree, the exhibition will, therefore, give the visitor an insightful glimpse into the artistic craft that is not only unusual to our culture, but which stretches back several thousand years. Prince Henrik’s eminent collection of jade figures makes up a unique platform for the presentation jade as a material, which is a relatively unknown precious stone to most people in the Western world: an unacquaintedness that stands in sharp contrast to Asia’s thousands of years of history and culture, where jade art has been an integral part of life. HRH Prince Henrik has collected Oriental jade all his life. The collection, which is housed at Fredensborg Palace, Amalienborg Palace and Château de Cayx, covers an extensive range both in terms of style, size, form and colour, and numbers more than several thousand objects. Parts of this collection are exhibited here for the first time.
22/01/2017 - 27/08/2017
Museet på Koldinghus
Koldinghus 1, 6000 Kolding
Daily 10.00 - 17.00
Adults 90 DKR, Students 45 DKR
Medusa. Bijoux et tabous
Just like the face of Medusa in Greek mythology, a piece of jewellery attracts and troubles the person who designs it, looks at it or wears it. While it is one of the most ancient and universal forms of human expression, jewellery has an ambiguous status, mid-way between fashion and sculpture, and is rarely considered to be a work of art. Indeed, it is often perceived as too close to the body, too feminine, precious, ornamental or primitive. But it is thanks to avant-garde artists and contemporary designers that it has been reinvented, transformed and detached from its own traditions. The exhibition brings together over 400 pieces of jewellery: created by artists, avant-garde jewellery makers and designers, contemporary jewellery makers and also high-end jewellers as well as anonymous, more ancient or non-Western pieces (including prehistorical and medieval works, punk and rappers’ jewellery as well as costume jewellery etc). The exhibition is organized around four themes with a specific display for each: Identity, Value, Body and Instruments. Each section starts from the often negative preconceptions surrounding jewellery in order to better deconstruct them, and finally reveal jewellery’s underlying subversive and performative potential.
19/05/2017 - 5/11/2017
Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris
11 avenue du Président Wilson - 75116 Paris
Tuesday - Sunday 10.00 - 18.00
Adults €10, Concessions €7
Must-haves — Schmuck grosser Juweliere
Must-haves — Jewellery Created by Greats of the Craft
Cartier and Tiffany are only two of the prestigious brands that will be spotlighted in this exhibition at the Jewellery Museum to mark 250 years of Pforzheim’s jewellery and watchmaking industries. The show will be focusing on the one hand on the jewellery created by major luxury brands — whose specific designs have always been highly coveted — that over the course of decades have become firmly established in the luxury segment. They also include those that started out on their road to success in Pforzheim or, like Wellendorff, are located there. On the other hand, the exhibition will be showcasing selected haute joaillerie creations that have strongly influenced the evolution of the individual brands’ identities, like Cartier’s panther.
21/05/2017 - 10/09/2017
Jahnstraße 42, 75173 Pforzheim
Tuesday - Sunday 10.00 - 17.00 p.m.
Adults €3, Concessions €1.50
Must-sees — Schmuck in der Kunst
Must-sees — Jewellery in the Arts
Marking the anniversary of Pforzheim’s jewellery and watchmaking industries, this exhibition will be showcasing unique jewellery creations that have become famous all over the world or are particularly impressive examples of the goldsmith’s art, juxtaposing them with paintings and sculptures from the respective era. Presented by Pforzheim’s Jewellery Museum in the exhibition hall of the Arts Association, which is also located in the Reuchlinhaus, the show will be spanning the eras from classical antiquity to the 20th century. The jewellery on show will include important pieces from the Hellenistic period, masterly crafted Etruscan and Roman goldwork, exquisite Renaissance jewellery, extravagant pieces created by René Lalique and at the Vienna Workshops, all the way through to creations from the Art Deco period and the modern era.
21/05/2017 - 10/09/2017
Jahnstraße 42, 75173 Pforzheim
Tuesday - Sunday 10.00 - 17.00 p.m.
Adults €3, Concessions €1.50
Pretty on pink — graue Eminenzen des Schmuck
Pretty on pink — Eminences Grises in Jewellery
Grey is conspicuously unobtrusive. Different mindsets are manifested in this colour spectrum: refined understatement in diamond jewellery, or dispassionate sobriety and rationality in Art Deco jewellery or in pieces designed in the tradition of the Bauhaus. Like no other colour, grey represents the modern era, whose most characteristic materials, i.e. concrete and steel, are also grey. In particular contemporary jewellery artists have meanwhile turned their attention to this colour spectrum, which is in stark contrast to pink. With its vibrant chromatic depth, the latter immediately demands our attention. In the hue of Tyrian purple, it once demonstrated both secular and ecclesiastical power, and in contemporary fashion, pink has even been used intentionally to shock. Effectively contrasting the jewellery creations on display, this colour will be highlighting them quite 'indiscreetly'.
28/10/2017 - Feb. 2018
Jahnstraße 42, 75173 Pforzheim
Tuesday - Sunday 10.00 - 17.00 p.m.
Adults €3, Concessions €1.50
Vanity: Stories of Jewelry in the Cyclades
A new display featuring jewellery from the 6th century BC to the 1970s takes centre stage at the Archaeological Museum of Mykonos, casting a spotlight on ancient Greek jewellery design and how it has inspired artists through time. The exhibition is organized by the Ephorate of Antiquities of Cyclades and features more than 230 pieces of jewellery as well as 12 specially-commissioned pieces from contemporary Greek craftsmen.
10/08/2016 – 31/10/2017
Archaeological Museum of Mykonos
Τ.Κ. 84600, Mykonos
01 Jun - 31 Oct Tue-Sun, 0900-1600; 01 Nov - 31 May Tue-Sun, 0830-1500
Adults €4, Concessions €2
Longobardi. Un popolo che cambia la storia
The Longobards. A people who changed history
The arrival of the Longobards in Italy in 638 changed the country, and Western Europe, for ever. This major exhibition will link the parabola of the Lombard presence in Italy with its antecedents and contemporary events elsewhere, linking the local scenario to the global one of Europe and the Mediterranean. It will highlight how the presence of the Longobards played a "leading" role in cultural transmissions and knowledge in the transalpine area, the Mediterranean and the Byzantine world, addressing diverse aspects and themes. The exhibition will subsequently be shown in Naples, from 15 December, and St Petersburg, from April 2018.
1/09/2017 – 3/12/2017
Musei Civici di Pavia
Castello Visconteo, Viale XI Febbraio 35, 27100 - Pavia
July, August, December, January; Tuesday - Sunday: 9.00 - 13.30, rest of year; Tuesday - Sunday: 10.00 - 17.50
Adults €8, Concessions €4
Dame e Cavalieri. I Gioielli delle Onorificenze
Knights and Ladies. Jewels of Honour
Knightly insignia, decorations and medals that date back to the 11th century were originally honours bestowed purely on men who had distinguished themselves, a usage that was only extended to women in 1662. This exhibition celebrates and recalls the historic tradition of bestowing honours that has been handed down through the centuries and which is still very much alive on the Italian and global scene, in different forms and representations. It is arranged in two sections. The first will display about 40 honours and decorations of knightly orders selected from the most pre-eminent and rare collections around the world, and 10 significant items that pay homage to the Giovanni Giolitti collection, decorations given to the Italian statesman by the King and other European and international countries when he was the Italian Prime Minister. The second section dedicated to Ladies, includes ten or so items.
24/05/2017 – 17/9/2017
Il Museo del Gioiello
Basilica Palladiana, Piazza dei Signori, 36100 Vicenza
Tuesday to Friday: 3pm to 7pm, Saturday and Sunday 11am to 7pm
Adults €6, Concessions €4
A centenary celebration of Steltman jewellers
This year marks the centenary of the Hague jewellery firm Steltman. This jeweller is one of the oldest jewellers in The Netherlands and has strong connections with the Dutch royal family. With the help of this jeweller, King Willem-Alexander designed the engagement ring for Queen Maxima, and a golden bracelet with gemstones and an inscription of the names of their three daughters as a birthday present for her 40th birthday. To celebrate, the Gemeentemuseum is exhibiting an overview of the past 100 years of the firm’s high-end craftsmanship, featuring pieces created by Steltman’s throughout the period.
4/11/2017 – 18/02/2018
Gemeentemuseum Den Haag
Stadhouderslaan 41, 2517 HV Den Haag
Tuesday – Sunday 10.00 - 17.00
Adults €14.50, Concessions €11, Children under 18 Free
Liv Blåvarp: Jewellery
Liv Blåvarp (b. 1956) creates jewellery made of wood. Her pieces are often large, expressive and colourful. She works with a wide variety of surfaces, ranging from smooth and shiny to densely decorated areas. She selects the type of wood she uses according to its degree of hardness or softness, as well as taking into account the structure of each particular piece of wood. Her preferred species to work with are maple, birch, walnut, lemon and palisander.
17/06/2017 – 29/10/2017
Stortorget 2, Postboks 264, 2602 Lillehammer
Tuesday – Sunday 11-16
Adults nok 100, Concessions nok 70, Children under 18 Free
Lords of the Ocean. Treasures of the Portuguese Empire of the 16th - 18th Centuries
More than two hundred artifacts from museums and private collections in Portugal, Russia and other countries will help to demonstrate, on the one hand, the magnificence of the Portuguese court, the traditions of Portuguese navigation, science and culture. On the other hand, they will present vivid evidence of mutual influence and cultural exchange between the metropolitan power and its dominions in India, China, Japan, Africa and Brazil. Exhibits include portraits and items which belonged to the rulers, military commanders, explorers, who played an important role in the history of the Portuguese colonial empire, ceremonial objects from palaces, jewellery, coins, liturgical objects, weapons and armour, documents, engravings, atlases, maps, navigation instruments and tools, manuscripts and books of the 16th–17th centuries. Of great interest are works of local art, which depict Europeans.
8/12/2017 – 25/02/2018
The Moscow Kremlin Museums
103132 Russia, Moscow, Kremlin
Friday - Wednesday 10.00 - 17.00
Adults ₽ 500, Children under 16 Free
Jewellery. materials craft art
Whether as a ritual, ornament, decoration, memento or status symbol, people have always made jewellery. Depending on the era, fashion or function, we have used all sorts, ranging from natural materials, gemstones and precious metals through to plastics. The “Jewellery. materials craft art” exhibition at the National Museum Zurich is based on the Swiss National Museum’s extensive collection supplemented with exhibits from the Museum of Art and History in Geneva, the Museum of Contemporary Design and Applied Arts (mudac) in Lausanne and the Museum of Applied Arts (MAK) in Vienna, among others. This exhibition highlights aspects of jewellery manufacture and presents jewellery in its context of love, rebellion or tradition. A separate room is dedicated to jewellery of the 20th century, from Lalique to Max Bill and right through to contemporary jewellery artists like Bernhard Schobinger and Johanna Dahm.
19/05/2017 – 22/10/2017
Museumstrasse 2, 8021 Zürich
Tue – Sun: 10 am – 5 pm, Thu: 10 am – 7 pm
Adults: CHF 10, Concessions: CHF 8, Children under 16 Free
Past Is Present: Revival Jewelry
Whether by directly copying or selectively choosing motifs to reinterpret, jewellers have a long-standing tradition of looking to the past for inspiration. The practice became popular in the 19th century, as designers like Castellani, Giacinto Melillo and Eugène Fontenay began reviving examples of ancient ornaments, newly unearthed in archaeological excavations. This exhibition examines more than 4,000 years of jewellery history through about 70 objects, including both ancient and revival examples. The revival movement is traced from the 19th to the 21st century, focusing on four types — archaeological, Classical, Egyptian and Renaissance. Highlights include an 1850s embellished gold brooch by Castellani; a Renaissance revival neck ornament (1900–04) designed for Tiffany & Co.; a 1980s Bulgari necklace adorned with Macedonian coins; and a 2002 Akelo pendant that emulates an ancient Etruscan granulation technique.
14/02/2017 – 19/08/2019
Museum of Fine Arts
Avenue of the Arts, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
Saturday – Tuesday, 10:00 am – 4:45 pm; Wednesday - Friday, 10:00am - 9:45 pm,
$25 - Adult, $23 Concessions, Free Children 17 and under
Glitterati. Portraits & Jewelry from Colonial Latin America
During the Spanish Colonial period in Latin America (1521–1850), precious gold and silver were crafted into elegant jewelry then embellished with emeralds from Colombia, coral from Mexico, and pearls from Venezuela. Wanting to demonstrate their wealth and status, people were painted wearing their finest dress and elaborate jewellery. Women were adorned with tiaras, necklaces with pendants, and prominent earrings. Men proudly displayed hat ornaments, rings, watch fobs, and chatelaines (decorative belt hooks) with small tools similar to the modern Swiss Army knife. Priests wore gold crucifixes and rosaries while nuns had miniature paintings of the Virgin Mary and saints crafted into brooches, called nun’s badges. Inlaid and lacquered chests and boxes were used to store these luxury goods. The portraits, furniture, and jewellery that are exhibited in this exhibition, drawn from the DAM’s world-renowned Spanish Colonial collection, tell the fascinating story of people and luxury possessions in the New World.
7/12/2014 – 1/08/2017
Denver Art Museum
100 W 14th Ave Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204
Tuesday–Thursday 10 am–5 pm, Friday 10 am–8 pm, Saturday–Sunday 10 am–5 pm
Adults : $10, Concessions : $8, Children 6-18 $3
Fabergé: From a Snowflake to an Iceberg
With the addition of over 150 new pieces, this new exhibition showcases 500 jeweled treasures from the world-renowned McFerrin Collection. The exhibition presents a historical overview of the works of the House of Fabergé, as well as the remarkable Russian history relating to the objects on display. Dozens of personal treasures of the Romanov Family including Imperial pieces owned by Nicholas II, Alexander III and their family are featured.
May 2016, for a limited period
Houston Museum of Natural Science
5555 Hermann Park Dr. Houston,Texas 77030
Daily 9 am – 5 pm
Adults : $30, Concessions : $20
New York NY
Jeweled Splendors of the art deco era: The Prince and Princess Sadruddin Aga Khan collection
Installed in the Carnegie Mansion’s Teak Room, more than 100 extraordinary examples of cigarette and vanity cases, compacts, clocks, and other luxury objects from the premier jewellery houses of Europe and America.
7/04/2017 - 27/08/2017
2 East 91st Street, New York, New York 10128
Daily 10:00 am to 6:00 pm; Saturdays, 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Adults: $18. Seniors: $12. Children under 18 free
New York NY
Golden Kingdoms: Luxury and Legacy in the Ancient Americas
This landmark exhibition of luxury arts of the Incas, the Aztecs, and their predecessors will trace the emergence and florescence of goldworking in the ancient Americas, from its earliest appearance in the Andes to its later developments farther north in Central America and Mexico. In the ancient Americas, metalworking developed in the context of ritual and regalia, rather than for tools, weapons, or currency. Golden Kingdoms will reveal the distinctive ways ancient Americans used not only metals, but also jade, shell, and feathers—materials often considered more valuable than gold. Bringing together newly discovered archaeological finds and masterpieces from major museums in Latin America, Europe, and the United States, this exhibition will cast new light on these ancient civilizations and their place within world history. Golden Kingdoms will focus on specific places and times—crucibles of innovation, moments of exceptional achievement in the arts—to explore how materials were selected and transformed, imbued with meaning, and deployed in the most important rituals of their time. This unprecedented exhibition will feature more than 300 works from 53 lenders in 12 countries
27/02/2018 - 28/05/2018
The Met Fifth Avenue
1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10028
Sunday–Thursday: 10 am–5:30 pm; Friday and Saturday: 10 am–9 pm
Adults: $25. Seniors: $17. Children under 12 free
Bijoux Parisiens: French Jewelry from the Petit Palais, Paris
Throughout history, jewellery has served both functional and decorative purposes, reflecting not only the patron’s particular values and interests, but also the social, political, and economic circumstances of the time and place of its creation. In France, Paris has long been considered a center of innovation in fashion, the visual arts, and jewellery production. This exhibition charts the course of jewellery design in France over four centuries, tracking the country’s evolving jewellery aesthetic as it responded to historical events and art historical movements.
16/04/2016 - 4/09/2017
Joslyn Art Museum
2200 Dodge Street, Omaha, NE 68102-1292
Tuesday-Sunday, 10:00am - 4:00pm; Thursday, 10:00am - 8:00pm
General Museum Admission: Free; Exhibition: Adults $10
Magic in the Ancient World
Protective amulets, incantation bowls, curse tablets, powerful rings, magical stones, and anatomical votives — these objects and more, once used by ancient peoples seeking to fulfill desires through supernatural means, are featured in this exhibition. Deeply entwined with science and religion, magic was a real and everyday part of life for many ancient peoples around the world. Ancient magic addressed many of the dreams, hopes, and passions humans grapple with today: desire for health and wellbeing, protection from evil, even revenge. The exhibition, featuring 81 artifacts from the Penn Museum’s collections, explores some of the magical objects, words, and rituals used in ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, and Rome.
16/04/2016 - 4/09/2017
3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Tuesday-Sunday, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Adults: $15. Seniors: $13. Students: $10
Santa Fe NM
Beads: A Universe of Meaning
This exhibition traces the history of imported glass beads as a medium of exchange, artistic expression, and identity for indigenous peoples throughout North America. It features garments, articles of adornment, and works of art dating from circa 1850 to the present, and examines the ways in which makers of beadwork have simultaneously sustained tradition, engaged with popular culture, and developed a uniquely native art form.
14/05/2017 - 15/04/2018
The Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian
704 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe NM 87505
Daily: 10 am – 5 pm
Linda MacNeil: Jewels of Glass
Artist Linda MacNeil’s innovative use of glass to create elegant, wearable jewellery provides a unique opportunity for Museum of Glass to present its first exhibition of jewellery. MacNeil has been a pioneer in both the Studio Jewelry and Studio Glass movements since the 1970s. Emerging during that decade with formal training in metalsmithing, MacNeil began fashioning a body of work that combines glass and nonprecious metals — more recently augmenting them with precious materials — to make exquisite articles of adornment not rooted in narrative. Over her 40-year career, MacNeil has created more than 700 necklaces, brooches, and earrings. This retrospective exhibition and accompanying catalogue is the first scholarly examination of the development of MacNeil’s work and her contribution to late 20th- and 21st-century American jewellery.
21/01/2017 - 1/10/2017
Museum of Glass
1801 Dock Street, Tacoma, Washington 98402 - 3217
Wednesday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm; Sunday: 12pm - 5pm
Adults $15, Children 6-12 $5, Concessions $12
Spectacular! Gems and Jewelry from the Merriweather Post Collection
For centuries, extraordinary gemstones have been the centerpieces of stunning jewelry made to adorn royalty, aristocracy, high society, and Hollywood stars. Nearly sixty pieces that once belonged to Marjorie Merriweather Post, one of the greatest jewelry collectors of the twentieth century, will tell the story behind some of the remarkable stones and the jewelry into which they were transformed.
10/06/2017 - 1/01/2018
Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens
4155 Linnean Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20008
Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm.
Adults $18, Seniors $15, Students $10, Children 6 and under free
Mastery of an Art: Van Cleef & Arpels - High Jewelry and Japanese Crafts
Van Cleef & Arpels is world-renowned as a maker of high jewellery. This exhibition, focusing on fine Japanese and French craftsmanship, showcases beautiful works that are products of artistic mastery and also provide insight into the two countries’ cultures. The first section surveys currents in jewellery within the context of Van Cleef & Arpels’ history, from the company’s founding to the present day. This is followed by a comparison between high jewellery and highly accomplished Japanese works from the Meiji Period. The final section, a look at cultural fusion and the future, offers viewers a sumptuous look at artistic craftsmanship in contemporary Japan and France.
29/04/2017 - 6/08/2017
The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto (MOMak)
26-1, Okazaki Enshoji-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, 606-8344
Daily 9:30am - 5:00pm; Friday and Saturday 9:30am - 9:00pm