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ca. 1973 Miye Matsukata Born: Tokyo, Japan 1922 Died: Boston, Massachusetts 1981 gold, diamonds 2 x 7/8 x 5/8 in. (5.1 x 2.2 x 1.6 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Harold Rubenstein in memory of his wife Irma Sims Rubenstein 1991.106A-B Not currently on view


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Earrings is one of six jewelry pieces Miyé Matsukata made for a commission. The artist was asked to design pieces around loose diamonds that the client supplied. Because 24k gold is too soft to work in alone, Matsukata laminated the earrings with 18k gold, making then strong enough to hold the stones and durable enough to wear. She wanted the works to be well-balanced, comfortable to wear, and pleasing to the eye.

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decorative arts - jewelry

Crafts - Metal

metal - gold

stone - diamond

About Miye Matsukata

Born: Tokyo, Japan 1922 Died: Boston, Massachusetts 1981

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