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Kinetic Brooch

ca. 1990 Fridl M. Blumenthal Born: Berlin, Germany 1905 Died: 1998 18k gold, chrysoprase cabochons, and baroque pearl 2 7/8 x 2 1/4 x 1/4 in. (7.4 x 5.9 x .5 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the artist in memory of her husband, Bernhard Blumenthal © 1990, Fridl M. Blumenthal 1994.116 Not currently on view


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Fridl Blumenthal says that “the stone tells me what to do with it.” Kinetic Brooch is made with chrysoprase, a rare quartz known for its bright green color and waxy luster, qualities that are emphasized by the rounded “cabochon” cut. The title comes from the design, which allows the cabochons to be repositioned along their V-shaped track, changing the design of the brooch according to the wishes of the wearer.

Keywords

decorative arts - jewelry

Crafts - Metal

metal - gold

stone - chrysoprase

stone - pearl

About Fridl M. Blumenthal

Born: Berlin, Germany 1905 Died: 1998