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ca. 1975 Gerald M. Stinn silver, ebony, vermillion, and dacron cord length: 27 1/2 in. (70.0 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase 1975.164 Not currently on view

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In this necklace, Gerald Stinn challenges traditional ideas of what jewelry “should” be. He used polished wood in place of gemstones, and alternated the ebony and silver beads to emphasize the beauty of each. The geometric symmetry and simple construction of this piece show Stinn’s desire to make his jewelry visually pleasing and comfortable to wear.


decorative arts - jewelry

Crafts - Metal


metal - silver

wood - ebony