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An Exploration into Jewelry at The Met

Various antique jewelry from The Met's exhibit,

Many of the MAAC’s dealers have a passion for jewelry, including Kenneth James Collection, Botier, Joseph Saidian & Sons, and Bella Antiques.

Do you share that passion?

Then don’t miss The Met‘s exquisite exhibit, “Jewelry: The Body Adorned“, which is in its final days (just until February 24th).

Various antique jewelry from The Met's exhibit, "Jewelry: The Body Adorned"

From The Met’s exhibit, “Jewelry: The Body Adorned”

“Jewelry is the world’s oldest art form, predating cave paintings by tens of thousands of years. Throughout history and across cultures, it has served to extend and amplify the human body, accentuating, enhancing, distorting, and transforming it. Traversing time and place, this exhibition explores what jewelry is, why we wear it, and how it activates the body it adorns—probing in the process a fundamental aspect of what it is to be human.

The exhibition then unfolds thematically through a series of vignettes—remarkable excerpts from a global history of jewelry. These groupings of objects highlight the various kinds of transformations jewelry enables. Cultures and time periods collide, stimulating comparative thinking about these works of art, as we look beyond their dazzling forms to discover often overlooked meanings.”