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.
Please tell us here if there are any other jewellery exhibitions which we should add to this list, or if anything needs correcting. You can see lists of past exhibitions here.
The museum’s collections are full of ‘treasures’, but why do we value certain things and want to keep them, hoard them, show them off and hand them down? This exhibition explores the nature of treasure and our relationships with it, showcasing some of the most cherished, rare and valuable artefacts from Cheshire’s past.
5/10/2019 - 22/03/2020
27 Grosvenor Street, Chester, Cheshire CH1 2DD
Monday–Saturday: 10.30am–5pm, Sunday: 1pm–4pm
Admission to the museum is free, however we welcome a suggested donation of £3 per person.
Adorn: Jewellery, The Human Story
From Bronze Age torcs to modern bling, people have adorned themselves with jewellery for thousands of years. What hidden stories do these objects hold and why do we still choose to express ourselves in this way? We have brought together objects from collections across the region to reveal the jewellery worn by the people of Essex through time. Meet modern makers and local people to discover the inspiration and personal stories of love, friendship, loss and status behind the jewellery we wear. Featuring loans from the British Museum and other major collections.
27/07/2019 - 16/02/2020
Colchester Castle Museum
Castle Park, Essex, CO1 1TJ
Monday – Saturday, 10.00am – 5.00pm, Sunday, 11.00am – 5.00pm
Adult (inc. Seniors): £10.00, Child (aged 4-16): £5.25
Troy: myth and reality
The story of a great city, plunged into a 10-year war over the abduction of the most beautiful woman in the world, is irresistibly dramatic and tragic. This allure has sent adventurers and archaeologists in quest of the lost city, which is now widely believed to have existed. From Helen of Troy's abduction to the deception of the Trojan Horse and the fall of the city, tread the line between myth and reality in this phenomenal new exhibition.
21/11/2019 - 8/03/2020
The British Museum
Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG
Daily: 10.00-17.30, Fridays: 10.00-20.30
Bejewelled: Badges, Brotherhood and Identity
extended to 21 December 2019
By wearing badges we can connect with one another and reveal something about ourselves. With their unique symbols and hidden meanings, this exhibition features over 150 stunning examples of masonic badges referred to as ‘jewels’. It is the largest public display of its kind ever staged in the UK. Including jewels from around the world, the exhibition sheds light on a long and celebrated tradition. Examples like the Egyptian-inspired Authors’ Lodge jewel and delightful Barraclough Plate jewel tell the story of freemasonry over three centuries. Whether made by Prisoners of War or for future kings, the beautiful craftsmanship that the jewels display is only matched by the story behind each one.
20/09/2018 - 24/08/2019
The Library and Museum of Freemasonry
Freemasons’ Hall, 60 Great Queen Street, London, WC2B 5AZ
Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm
Admission is free
Room of Wonder II: Wouters & Hendrix
The Antwerp design duo Wouters & Hendrix takes over the baton from Axel Vervoordt as guest curators. Katrin Wouters and Karen Hendrix look back at what has amazed and inspired them in their 35-year career as jewellery designers and storytellers with a view to bringing together items of jewellery from their own body of work with gems from DIVA’s collection, contemporary art and curiosities. The leitmotif of the exhibition is Wouters & Hendrix’s fascination with remarkable stories and the precious metals silver and gold. The novel assemblages, so typical of their work, provide an explosion of forms and colours. An important aspect of the exhibition is Antwerp’s famed craftsmanship which is reflected in the collections.
13/09/2019 - 16/02/2020
DIVA, Antwerp Home of Diamonds
Suikerrui 17-19, B-2000 Antwerp
Daily: 10.00-18.00. Closed on Wednesdays
Adults €10, concessions €7
Time in Us: Jana Machatova and Peter Machata. The Communication Potential of Contemporary Jewellery
“Time in Us” represents the creative output of Slovak artists who are gradually approaching middle age and belong with the so-called “Generation of Husák’s children”. The jewellery objects designed by Jana and Peter Machata are accompanied by photographs made by Peter Ančic. Each one of this trio of artists reflects their childhood lived against a prefab housing skyline. The selection of some fifty pieces of jewellery that maps out two decades of the artists’ work documents the power of jewellery to carry a message. For the viewers, each of the exhibited objects becomes an entrance ticket to universal time, in which they can recurrently experience the crucial stories of their lives – the search of oneself, maturation, love, relationship mishaps, periods of painful losses and new hopes. Abstract elements mingle with citations of images found in family albums and social-life magazines. The possibility of observing what is substantial is offered through the raster of a prefab building as well as folk art ornament. The depth of feelings and bonds between people are reflected in the body landscape of today’s individuals, as well as in fragments of the bodies of the Virgin and Christ in the Pietà composition.
7/11/2019 - 5/0/2020
The Museum of Decorative Arts
17. listopadu 2, 110 00 Prague 1
Wednesday – Sunday 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Tuesday 10 a.m.–8 p.m.
Le monde en tête
Headdresses from around the World
For more than 20 years, Antoine de Galbert built a collection of more than 500 headdresses from outside Europe. Given to the Musée des Confluences in 2017, these objects are windows onto an amazing cultural diversity. In the museum's largest room, the exhibition invites you to freely explore, like a stroll through a garden, around 20 or so tables that group the headdresses together by theme, such as feathers of the Amazon, wedding headdresses and symbols of power, in order to understand their uses.
6/06/2019 - 15/03/2020
Musée des Confluences
86 quai Perrache, 69002 Lyon
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 11 am to 7 pm; Thursday 11 am to 10 pm; Saturday, Sunday and public holidays 10 am to 7 pm
Adults €30, concessions €15
Les Canons de l'élégance
A Salute to Style
Because war has often been the preserve of the privileged castes and because they above all strive to distinguish themselves from civilians and display their dazzling triumphs, soldiers have always had a taste for finery and are attached to the beauty, quality and even opulence of the weapons, items of equipment and accessories designed to mark their status as well as serving a functional purpose. This new exhibition at the Musée de l'Armée invites visitors to discover these exceptional artefacts. Combining historical, anthropological and aesthetic approaches, the exhibition highlights the way martial splendour contributes to the radiance and legitimacy of political power, and how it rewards merit and satisfies the desire for assimilation or distinction within the group. Around 200 masterpieces of armoury and gunsmithery, as well as goldsmithery, embroidery, ivory work and saddlery, mostly taken from the Musée de l'Armée's collections, will enable visitors to marvel at these items of jewellery, fashion accessories and haute couture pieces... all exclusively reserved for the warriors of yesteryear and today.
10/10/2019 - 26/01/2020
Musée de l'Armée
Hôtel national des Invalides, 129, rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris
1 November to 31 March: 10am to 5pm
Adults €12, concessions €10
Javagold – Pracht und Schönheit Indonesiens
jave Gold - Splendour and Beauty of Indonesia
Java - deep rainforests, dangerous volcanoes and mysterious temples. For over 1000 years, the Indonesian island world was home to powerful Hindu and Buddhist kingdoms. Timelessly beautiful jewellery and cult objects announce today their long past glory and artistry. They are made from the material that has been captivating people for millennia - gold. This exhibition presents around 400 unique treasures as a fascinating kaleidoscope of Hindu and Buddhist craftsmanship. Golden masterpieces such as rings, bracelets and chokers as well as impressive tiaras were often reserved for specific groups, strata or life phases. They tell of a society in which power, religious claims and beauty were expressed through gold objects. The filigree decorated gems always have ritual or social significance in addition to their decorative function. They can be read off the varied motifs. Most of the treasures from a private collection can be seen in public for the first time.
15/09/2019 - 13/04/2020
Museum Weltkulturen D5, 68159 Mannheim
Daily: 11:00 - 18:00
Adults €13.50, Concessions €7.50
Helga Zahn. Schmuck. Unikat und Serie
Helga Zahn was one of the leading jewellery artists in the United Kingdom in the 1960s and 1970s, but was born in Germany in 1936. In 1957, she exchanged her home town for the bustling life of London, where she made her start in the "swinging sixties" and the emergence of the "pop art movement". She was one of the mainstays of "studio jewellery", a post-World War II movement that understood jewellery as a novel and independent art form. The exhibition, conceived by the Neue Sammlung, for the first time honours this almost forgotten jewellery artist and shows a large part of her rich oeuvre.
3/03/2020 - 31/05/2020
Pinakothek der Moderne
Barer St. 40, München
Daily: 10:00 - 18:00, Thursday until 20:00
Adults €10, Concessions €7
Exotic Formosa – Contemporary Jewellery from Taiwan, created by Ruan Weng Mong
The goldsmith and sculptor Ruan Weng Mong is a mediator between different worlds: born in Taiwan with Chinese-Japanese roots, and trained as a goldsmith in Germany, plus serving as President of the Goldsmiths’ Guild in Nuremberg for many years, he is at home on several continents. His artworks elegantly wed his sensibility for materials and his appreciation of (gem)stones to clear-cut shapes that connote both a European and an Asian formal idiom. While working as an instructor and lecturer in Taiwan, he was one of the first to introduce international contemporary jewellery to Taiwan, and contributed towards paving the way for the inspirational, top-level international exchange of ideas that is taking place there nowadays. The exhibition will be showcasing about 140 of his works in the genres of jewellery, sculpture and graphic art, created over a period of more than 40 years. This is the first time that contemporary Taiwanese-Asian jewellery and artistically created objects will be shown in Germany.
27/03/2020 - 28/06/2020
Jahnstraße 42, 75173 Pforzheim
Tuesday - Sunday 10.00 - 17.00 p.m.
Adults €6, Concessions €3.50
Max Ernst – The Würth Collection
Max Ernst (1891–1976) ranks among the most inspiring and influential artists of the 20th century. His oeuvre’s charismatic appeal has lasted well beyond his era. Parts of his biographical notes are fictitious, and he always remained ironically detached from his own works and techniques. His pictures feature figurative elements as well as imaginary forms, and his works have been created from mixed media. Max Ernst was a crossover artist and a master of the realm of “in-betweenness”. Like his life, his oeuvre is characterised by disjunctions and thematic changes, both of which combine to express his visionary, sceptical concept of the world. In the Würth Collection, Max Ernst occupies a central artistic position. A unique collection of books and graphics constitutes the core of the Max Ernst section, making this surrealist’s almost unsurpassably diverse, seemingly boundless visual universe experientially accessible, starting from his very first creations all the way through to his fantastic later works. Several of the artist’s sculptures will also be displayed in this exhibition. In addition, the Jewellery Museum will be showcasing selected pieces from its own collection to enter into dialog with Max Ernst’s artworks.
18/07/2020 - 17/01/2021
Jahnstraße 42, 75173 Pforzheim
Tuesday - Sunday 10.00 - 17.00 p.m.
Adults €6, Concessions €3.50
Wismar, Hasselt, Itami – Three Countries, Three Cities, Three Schools
Over the course of the past few years, three innovative training institutions specialising in jewellery design have evolved in these three cities, located in Germany, Belgium and Finland. In this exhibition, the Jewellery Museum will be spotlighting new aspects of international contemporary jewellery – created in places that don’t rank among the focal points of the jewellery scene but for this reason are breeding grounds for the development of refreshingly new approaches to art jewellery.
17/05/2021 - 26/07/2021
Jahnstraße 42, 75173 Pforzheim
Tuesday - Sunday 10.00 - 17.00 p.m.
Adults €6, Concessions €3.50
A History of Contemporary Czech Jewelry Design
A survey of artistic jewellery making from the Czech Republic with the most prominent artists, from the 1930’s generation up to Generation Z. The exhibition explores traditional crafts and fine arts for the making of new sculptural jewellery, up to the most recent creations by people born between 1995 and 2010 who are true digital natives. From the use of glass to inspiration by abstract exposure to the internet, social networks and mobile systems, the show is curated by an expert on studio jewellery Julie Bergmann.
22/04/2020 – 22/06/2020
Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum
Kallisperi 12 & Karyatidon Str., Acropolis 11742, Athens
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 9.00 – 15.00, Wednesday & Saturday: 9.00 – 21.00
Adults €5, Concessions €4
Lo Spirito delle Cose. The silver and everyday treasures of the counts of Arco
On display for the first time the core of the collection is on display, showing the family silver as well as the charming objects of the ladies, those for writing and smoking.
30/03/2019 - 30/11/2019
Museo di Palazzo d’Arco
Piazza Carlo d'Arco n°4, 46100 Mantova
Monday 9.30-13.00, Tuesday 14.30-18.00, Wednesday - Sunday 9.30-13.00, 14.30-18.00
Adults €8, Concessions €2
Van Cleef & Arpels: il Tempo, la Natura, l’Amore
This is the first Italian show to present the extraordinary jewels, watches and precious objects made by Van Cleef & Arpels since its foundation in Paris in 1906 to today. The exhibition celebrates the unique ability of jewels to unite eternity and ephemeral, love and manufacture, beauty and art. The exhibition is divided into three sections: Time, Nature, Love.
30/11/2019 - 23/02/2020
Piazza del Duomo, 12, Milano
Monday 2:30 - 7:30 pm, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday 09:30 am - 7:30 pm, Thursday & Saturday 09:30 am - 10:30 pm
Precious Art: the jewellery sculptures of Salvador Dalí
This exhibition presents a selection of works of art that aim to convey the artistic diversity of Salvador Dalí and his passionate attempts to express himself in space, in three dimensions. It is divided into three sections and consists of 18 sculptures produced between 1949 and 1979: the Dalí d’Or, the jewelled sculptures and the silver sculptures. There are 12 works in the Dalí d’Or collection, ten of which displayed at the exhibition, which Dalí produced from pure gold in the late 1960s using his collection of Dalí d’Or coins. The Dalí d’Or-Objets Montés were created to emulate royalty in all its excess and splendour and include magical mirrors, pendants with serpent motifs and emblems in honour of the sun. The jewelled sculptures pay tribute to Dalí’s most important iconographic images, like the ballerinas, the angels and the watch. They are made from 18-carat gold and encrusted with precious stones, diamonds, rubies, emeralds and sapphires. Each work of art is mounted on a translucent rock crystal base and signed in gold by Dalí. The silver sculptures form part of a limited edition series and include the ‘Profile of Time’, which echoes the famous 1931 painting The Persistence of Memory in which the melted watch appeared for the first time.
7/09/2019 – 27/01/2020
Museo del Gioiello
Piazza dei Signori, 36100 Vicenza
Tuesday to Friday 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Saturday and Sunday 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Adults €10, Concessions €8
Chaumet en Majesté. Joyaux de souveraines depuis 1780
From July 12 to August 28, 2019, Chaumet will present at the Grimaldi Forum an exhibition devoted to the art of the diadem, this cult jewel, a symbol of power and sovereignty that has become the symbol of the sublimation of femininity. Placed under the high patronage of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II, this event will highlight outstanding women, empresses, queens and princesses of the European courts, as well as the jewels created for them by Chaumet for 240 years. The curation was placed under the responsibility of Stéphane Bern, a media personality, journalist and writer, along with Christophe Vachaudez, a jewel historian, both specialists in the Royal Courts. Separated into six major themes, the exhibition will take you on a journey into the heart of the creation and symbolism of head jewellery. Based around Chaumet’s rich heritage collections, but also on the generous participation of prestigious museums, great European families and many private collections, this unique exhibition will be a hymn to the splendour of Parisian jewellery from the 18th century to the present day.
12/07/2019 - 28/08/2020
10 Av. Princesse Grace, 98000 Monaco
Daily 10 am to 8 pm, Thursday until 10 pm
Adults €6 (advance booking)
The Hermitage’s fabulous jewellery collection is one of its greatest treasures. Over the centuries it has become the repository of thousands of precious pieces. In the autumn of 2019, hundreds of them will travel to the Netherlands to feature in Jewels! Visitors will encounter flamboyant female rulers like Elizabeth of Russia and Catherine the Great, but also grand dukes and noble families of the nineteenth and early twentieth century. They had their portraits painted by leading artists and on special occasions they wore dazzling gowns and ensembles set off by carefully selected bijoux. Jewels were a statement of identity and a demonstration of taste, breeding and wealth. Occasionally, they might also be designed to provoke or contain hidden symbolism. They were ordered from European jewellery firms like Boucheron or Cartier, master goldsmiths like Claude Ballin or, of course, from Fabergé, Goldsmith by Special Appointment to the Imperial Crown. The exhibits will reflect the fashions of four centuries: baroque, rococo, neoclassical, empire, art nouveau and modern, also from the 21st century.
14/09/2019 - 15/03/2020
Amstel 51, Amsterdam
10 am - 5 pm
Een tijd van zien, 40 Jaar Beppe Kessler
A time for seeing, 40 year retrospective of Beppe Kessler
Look, see, discover. That is the basis of everything that the artist Beppe Kessler makes - an open eye for adventure. At Beppe Kessler there is always an extremely fruitful interaction between making the big and the small work: often one influences the other. Kessler regularly uses painting techniques in her jewellery and vice versa. All of Beppe Kessler's work is essentially sculptural. She makes no distinction between autonomous and functional objects: she is a draftsman who embroiders, a weaver who paints, a woodworker who makes jewellery; someone for whom choosing is not a choice. Beppe Kessler's work is modest, searching, suggestive. They are not aspects that dominate in today's hyper-communicative society. Kessler makes pieces that demand attention and peace; not only during the making, but also from the person looking at the result. The title of this exhibition comes from a poem by K. Schippers and not only refers to the artist's long-term career, but also serves as a call to the visitor to look, see, discover.
3/11/2019 - 1/03/2020
Vosselmanstraat 299, 7311 CL Apeldoorn
Tuesday - Sunday, 11 am - 5 pm
Sieraden uit de bodem
Jewellery from the soil
Jewellery is probably as old as humanity itself. It is a way to distinguish yourself or to radiate power. Gold jewellery has existed in Gelderland since 2300 BC, but remains very rare until Roman times. It often indicates contacts with other peoples, for example within the Celtic area, where networks were created through the exchange of valuable gifts. Bronze jewellery comes from around 1800 BC. for neck rings, bracelets and decorative pins, used to fasten clothing. The Romans bring their own style of body decoration to our country. Rings of precious and base metals, but also of precious stones are very popular. In the early Middle Ages, a new fashion emerged that is strikingly similar in Northwest Europe. Typically, jewellery is inlaid with pieces of garnet, a bright red gem originating from India. Beautifully decorated belts for men can certainly also be counted among the jewellery. Many of these age-old jewels were deposited in tombs, or had been abandoned or lost for various reasons. Often, after having been in the soil for centuries, they are found in archaeological excavations. By comparing these jewels with preserved paintings and sculptures, we can form a picture of thelr use.
Ending 31 December 2019
Museum Het Valkhof
Kelfkensbos 59, 6511 TB Nijmegen
Tuesday to Sunday: 11 am - 5 pm
Adults €11, Concessions €5.50
"The Other Treasure": The Cases for the Dauphin's Treasure
Visitors to the Museum have the chance to appreciate the exceptional group of 101 cases which, together with the 23 on display in the Dauphin’s Treasure gallery, comprise one of the most complete holdings of its kind in the world, with examples from the 16th to the 18th centuries. These cases were designed to protect the valuable and unique objects in the Treasure, for which reason each one has a diff erent shape. They have wooden cores and are lined with diff erent materials. Most of the cases are covered on the outside with fi ne leather decorated with dry stamping and gilt tooling of primarily heraldic motifs, particularly the emblems of the Grand Dauphin. Other cases are covered in costly fabrics such as velvet.
18/02/2020 - 13/09/2020
Museo Nacional del Prado
Calle Ruiz de Alarcón 23. Madrid. 28014
Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m, Sundays and holidays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Adults €15, concessions €7.50
Treasures of a Desert Kingdom
Alluring jewellery, lavish tents and canopies, vibrant paintings, and opulent decorative arts tell stories of kingship, strategic alliances, the role of women and life at court. Amassed over the course of nearly four centuries, these treasures reflect the history and artistic legacy of the Rathore dynasty, one of the longest continuous royal lineages in the world, that ruled this desert kingdom until India’s independence in 1947. The exhibition features masterpieces drawn from the collection of the former royal family, most of which are on display outside their palace setting for the very first time. While the stunning objects highlight India’s multifaceted past, they reveal a lasting cosmopolitan culture that was sustained by a delicate balance between local and external influences, and tradition and modernity.
21/09/2019 – 23/02/2020
Royal Ontario Museum
100 Queen’s Park, Toronto, ON M5S 2C6
Monday to Friday, 10:00 am to 5:30 pm, Saturday & Sunday, 10:00 am to 5:30 pm
Adults $32, Concessions $21, $28
Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture, and Exchange across Medieval Saharan Africa
The exhibition draws on recent archaeological discoveries, showcasing fragments excavated in major African trading centres. These “fragments in time” are displayed alongside stunning works of art from around the world that invite us to imagine the fragments as they once were, to reconsider treasures from the Western canon, and to see the past and present in a new light. It transforms long-standing narratives about the medieval world and fills a critical gap in our understanding of world history.
21/09/2019 – 23/02/2020
Aga Khan Museum
77 Wynford Drive, Toronto, ON M3C 1K1
Tuesday - Sunday, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm; Thursday 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Adults $20, Concessions $12, $15
Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Collection
A celebration of beauty, this exhibition features more than 60 objects, spanning over 30 years of Tiffany’s prolific career. One of America’s most renowned artists, Louis Comfort Tiffany worked in nearly all the media available to artists and designers in the late 19th and early 20th centuries — glass, ceramic, metalwork, jewellery and painting. Tiffany’s technical brilliance in a wide variety of media enabled him to convey his awe of the natural world through a range of objects, from common household items to one-of-a-kind masterpieces. He earned international acclaim for his artistic output, receiving prestigious awards in exhibitions across Europe and the United States. His work was enthusiastically collected by art museums and private collectors throughout his career, and continues to be highly sought after today. This exhibition, focusing on Tiffany’s magnificent stained-glass windows, floral vases, lamps and accessories, revels in the artistry and craftsmanship of the Tiffany works from Chicago’s distinguished Richard H. Driehaus Collection, highlighting masterworks never before presented in a comprehensive exhibition.
1/02/2020 – 10/05/2020
Georgia Museum of Art
90 Carlton Street, Athens, Georgia 30602
Tues, Wed, Fri & Sat 10am — 5pm, Thurs, 10am — 9pm; Sun, 1 — 5pm
Crystals in Art: Ancient to Today
Today, high-quality quartz crystals are mined from the mountains and caverns of Arkansas. Yet this iridescent, enigmatic material has captivated artists, religious leaders, monarchs, and healers across the world for thousands of years. Organised by Crystal Bridges curator of contemporary art Lauren Haynes with guest curator Joachim Pissarro, this exhibition is the first of its kind to explore the complex and varied connections between crystal and art throughout the world, spanning history and geography. View ancient artefacts such as engraved gems, figurines, and more alongside works from contemporary artists around the world that explore the power of crystal in art by drawing on its form, properties, and mysterious qualities. Featuring more than 75 works from Ancient Egypt, Rome, China, and beyond, discover how the power of crystal transcends the boundaries of time and space.
12/10/2019 – 6/01/2020
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
600 Museum Way, Bentonville AR, 72712
Monday 11am — 6pm; Wednesday - Friday, 11am — 9pm; Saturday - Sunday, 10 — 6pm
General admittance FREE
Boston Made. Arts and Crafts Jewelry and Metalwork
Bold colour combinations of gemstones and enamels, foliate motifs, and designs inspired by historical styles, often with a certain glitziness—that is what defined the “Boston look” of Arts and Crafts jewellery and metalwork. Beginning as a reaction against the dehumanising effects of industrialisation, the international Arts and Crafts movement spurred a renaissance of handcraftsmanship in Boston at the turn of the 20th century. As part of this movement, the city quickly emerged as one of the most active and influential artistic jewellery-making and metalworking communities in the nation. “Boston Made: Arts and Crafts Jewelry and Metalwork” presents the story of this community over a 30-year period, from its inception at the beginning of the 20th century to the stock market crash of 1929 that signaled its decline. “Boston Made” is the first exhibition to focus exclusively on the Arts and Crafts metalsmiths in Boston and highlights the contributions of newly empowered women artists like Josephine Hartwell Shaw and Elizabeth Copeland, among others. While adhering to the ideas and ideals of the international Arts and Crafts movement, Boston artists developed a signature aesthetic that set their work apart from the broader movement. “Boston Made” brings together more than 75 works—including jewellery, tableware, decorative accessories, and design drawings—that illuminate the passions and philosophies of this interwoven community of jewellery-makers and metalsmiths. Among the notable works on view are a scroll brooch (about 1920) by Frank Gardner Hale, studded with gemstones and embellished with gold scrolls; a jewelled casket (about 1929) by Edward Everett Oakes; and a necklace (1910–18) by Josephine Hartwell Shaw. Arts and Crafts was a philosophy as much as an artistic movement, looking to the pre-industrial past for design and lifestyle guidance. Design was more important than opulence, and materials were selected for their aesthetic properties, rather than for their intrinsic value. These ideas melded well with Boston’s progressive intellectual community of the early 20th century. The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated book from MFA Publications (November 2018).
17/11/2018 – 29/03/2020
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
Striking Gold: Fuller at Fifty
In honour of its esteemed 50-year history, Fuller Craft presents the exhibition 'Striking Gold'. This invitational exhibition marks the institution’s “golden anniversary” as it probes the storied history of gold as an artistic material as well as its cultural, historical, and political associations. The inclusion of gold in the selected works reveals clear intention and purpose, rather than being used for purely decorative effect. In each case gold serves as the subject, as well as a material property of the work.
7/09/2019 – 5/04/2020
Fuller Craft Museum
455 Oak Street, Brockton, MA 02301
Tuesday – Sunday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Thursday: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Adults $10, Seniors $8, Students $5. Free Children 12 and under
Maker & Muse: Women and Early 20th-Century Art Jewelry
This exhibition celebrates the role of women in jewellery production, both as inspiration and as designers/makers. Demonstrating the impact of women on art jewellery, the exhibition highlights five regions: Great Britain, France, Austro-Germany, New York, and Chicago. These regions saw the emergence of bold, experimental artists who pushed the boundaries of traditional jewellery design. The exhibition features exquisite works by renowned artists such as Louis Comfort Tiffany, Charlotte Newman, and René Lalique, in a stunning display of more than 200 unique pieces of handcrafted art jewellery.
26/10/2019 – 19/01/2020
The Dayton Art Institute
456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton Ohio 45405
Wednesday - Saturday: 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m, Sunday: Noon - 5:00 p.m, Thursday 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Adults $10, Seniors $10, Students $5. Free Children 5 and under
Stunning Stories in Native American Jewelry
For thousands of years, artisans have expressed their cultural stories in a wide range of jewellery: showing off local and prized trade materials, expressing traditional symbols, and perfecting new techniques and designs adapted from other cultures. Native and non-Native peoples have cherished Native American made jewellery not just for its intrinsic beauty, but especially for the cultural stories and symbolism the jewellery shares. It can be worn everyday or for special events and rights of passage. It often represents social status, identity, assimilation, as well as solidarity with cultural preservation. Native American jewellery is even worn to embody the powers of animals and deities and remind us of our internal strengths. This exhibition displays over 80 exquisite pieces from the museum’s collection and local collectors. The exhibit also shares the multi-faceted stories each piece tells about the preservation of culture, histories, and spirituality in the face of cross-cultural assimilation.
Mitchell Museum of the American Indian
3001 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60201
Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Thursday: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm, Sunday: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Adults $5, Concessions $3.
Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Collection
A celebration of beauty, this exhibition features more than 60 objects, spanning over 30 years of Tiffany’s prolific career. One of America’s most renowned artists, Louis Comfort Tiffany worked in nearly all of the media available to artists and designers in the late 19th and early 20th centuries—glass, ceramic, metalwork, jewelry, and painting. Tiffany’s technical brilliance in a wide variety of media enabled him to convey his awe of the natural world through a range of objects, from common household items to one-of-a-kind masterpieces. He earned international acclaim for his artistic output, receiving prestigious awards in exhibitions across Europe and the United States. His work was enthusiastically collected by art museums and private collectors throughout his lifetime, and continues to be highly sought after today. This exhibition revels in the artistry and craftsmanship of the Tiffany artworks from Chicago’s distinguished Richard H. Driehaus Collection, highlighting masterworks never before presented in a comprehensive exhibition.
18/10/2019 – 5/01/2020
Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens
829 Riverside Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida 32204
Wednesday – Saturday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Sunday: Noon to 4 p.m, Tuesday: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Adults $10, Concessions $6
New York, NY
Jewelry for America
Spanning three hundred years, Jewelry for America explores the evolution of jewellery in this country, from the early eighteenth century to the present day. Its five chronological sections reveal changes in styles, materials, and techniques, all woven into a sociohistorical narrative. Some one hundred examples from The Met collection — including recently acquired and rarely exhibited objects — are displayed.
10/06/2019 - 5/04/2020
The Met Fifth Avenue
1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street, New York, NY 10028
Sunday – Thursday: 10:00 am – 5:30 pm, Friday and Saturday: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
$25 for adults; $17 for seniors; $12 for students
New York, NY
The Colmar Treasure: A Medieval Jewish Legacy
A cache of jewelled rings, brooches, and coins — the precious possessions of a Jewish family of medieval Alsace — was hidden in the 14th century in the wall of a house in Colmar, France. Discovered in 1863, the Colmar Treasure revives the memory of a once-thriving Jewish community that was scapegoated and put to death when the Plague struck the region with devastating ferocity in 1348–49. A generous loan of the Musée de Cluny, Paris, the Colmar Treasure will be displayed alongside select works from The Met Cloisters and little-known Judaica from collections in the United States and France. Although the objects on view are small in scale and relatively few in number, the ensemble overturns conventional notions of medieval Europe as a monolithic Christian society. The exhibition will point to both legacy and loss, underscoring the prominence of the Jewish minority community in the tumultuous 14th century and the perils it faced.
22/07/2019 - 12/01/2020
The Met Cloisters
99 Margaret Corbin Drive, Fort Tryon Park, New York, NY 10040
Open daily. March – October: 10:00 am – 5:15 pm, November – February: 10:00 am – 4:45 pm.
Adults: $25, Concessions $17/$12
Take 9/Reflections on Glass Jewelry
Glass has long played a role in personal adornment because of its decorative qualities. But the nine internationally acclaimed artists featured in this exhibition—Nirit Dekel (Israel), Don Friedlich (USA), Teri Greeves (Kiowa)(USA), Mieke Groot (Netherlands), Timothy Horn (Australia, working in USA), Paolo Marcolongo (Italy), Patricia Niemann (German, working in Scotland), Bernhard Schobinger (Switzerland), and Joyce Scott (USA)—have chosen instead to focus on the symbolic and metaphoric qualities of glass to make strong social, political, and cultural statements. Glass embodies the paradoxical ability to be transparent and opaque, fragile and strong, alluring and hazardous—traits that are often associated with the human condition. The artists represented here work with glass as their primary or recurring material; each, however, takes a very different approach to the medium. They use a variety of masterful techniques to present unique perspectives that are informed by their diverse cultural and geographic backgrounds. While some works are designed for the human body, others serve as oversized metaphors that challenge accepted norms for adornment. The resulting objects are compelling and of enduring interest.
opening April 2021
Museum of Glass
1801 Dock Street, Tacoma, WA 98402
Wednesday - Saturday: 10am–5pm, Sunday: 12–5pm
Adults: $17, Concessions $5-15
Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture, and Exchange across Medieval Saharan Africa
8/04/2020 - 29/11/2020
Smithsonian National Museum of African Art
950 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20560
Daily 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Admission is free.
Magnificent Jewels of Jean Schlumberger: From the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Collection
After emerging as a popular costume jeweller in Parisian high society in the late 1930s, Schlumberger opened an independent shop in New York City. Within a decade, he had earned a devoted clientele and his own salon at Tiffany & Co.’s iconic Fifth Avenue headquarters. As a signature designer for the American luxury jewellery firm for more than 30 years, Schlumberger became well known for his interpretations of animal and botanical subjects, particularly marine life and flowers, which are among the highlights of the Rachel Lambert Mellon Collection at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA), the largest and most comprehensive public collection of jewellery and art objects by Jean Schlumberger.
15/10/2019 - 15/01/2020
National Museum of Qatar
Museum Park Street, Doha, Qatar
Sun-Weds: 9am-7pm, Thurs & Sat: 9am-9pm, Fri: 1:30-9pm
Adults QR 50.
Set in Stone: Gems and Jewels from Royal Indian Courts
In celebration of the 2019 Year of Culture Qatar-India, the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) is delighted to present an exhibition on magnificent gems and jewellery from India. Set in Stone: Gems and Jewels from Royal Indian Courts will showcase more than 100 spectacular pieces from across Qatar Museums’ collection, including many masterpieces that have never been displayed before. Drawing from MIA’s permanent collection, the National Museum of Qatar, and Qatar Museum’s Orientalist Collection, this exhibition will bring together a splendid array of jewellery, jewelled objects, works on paper, and photography, including highlights such as MIA’s famous gold and gem-set falcon and the brilliant diamond necklace from Varanasi. Whether left in their natural state, carved, or set within gold, precious stones adorned a variety of objects that came to be associated with the wealthy elite, Emperors and Maharajas. Spectacularly opulent, these objects defined Indian luxury. The exhibition’s journey begins with ancient mines and ends with contemporary Qatari jewellery. Starting with “Precious Stones”, the visitor discovers the cultural and economic significance of stones in India before then experiencing the rich role gems play within the “Court and Ceremony” of the Mughal Empire. The third section, “Beyond the Court” shows the personal, private and devotional function of jewellery, highlighting the amazing diversity of craftsmanship across India. Lastly, “Qatar Connection: Pearls for Gold” illustrates the longstanding cultural and commercial ties between Qatar and India, as seen through jewellery.
23/10/2019 - 18/01/2020
Museum of Islamic Art
Corniche, Doha, Qatar
Saturday - Thursday 9:00am to 7:00pm, Friday 1:30pm to 7:00pm
Adults QR 50.