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ca. 1967 Merry Renk Born: Trenton, New Jersey 1921 sawn, fused, and soldered 14k gold with biwa pearls 1 1/4 x 5/8 x 5/8 in. (3.2 x 1.7 x 1.7 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Joan Watkins 1993.78.5 Not currently on view

Luce Center Quote

“After the functional aspect, the object itself must have a feeling of rightness. There must be a kind of intensity to it.” Artist quoted in Craft Horizons, November/December 1961

Luce Center Label

Bangles reflects Merry Renk’s taste for pearls and 14-karat yellow gold, and her preference, in the 1960s, for heavily encrusted surfaces. The “bangles” of hanging gold and Biwa pearls that only the wearer can see express the artist’s idea that the wearer completes the jewelry through her experience of it. The bangles and pearls become a secret pleasure for her alone.


Dress - accessory - jewelry

decorative arts - jewelry

Crafts - Metal

metal - gold

stone - pearl

About Merry Renk

Born: Trenton, New Jersey 1921

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