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Jewels & Gems

September 26, 2003 – February 8, 2004

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John Paul Miller (born 1918), Pendant/Brooch, 1975, gold and enamel, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of an anonymous donor in memory of Dorothy S. Payer and in honor of John Paul Miller, Photo by Bruce Miller

The individualistic and groundbreaking jewelry designs in "Jewels & Gems" highlight the spirit, wit and ingenuity of American studio jewelry artists. Conceptions range from the beautiful and exquisitely crafted to the anti-jewelry aesthetic embodied by intentional roughness or the use of ordinary materials. "Jewels & Gems" features 131 one-of-a-kind objects from the 1960s to the present. This exhibition is the third in a series that surveys the Smithsonian American Art Museum's craft collection by medium. It follows the success of "Glass! Glorious Glass!" and "USA Clay." For a list of events, visit the museum's Web site at http://aa-cf/calendar/calendar.cfm

Credit: "Jewels & Gems" is organized by the Renwick Gallery with support from Shelby M. and Frederick M. Gans and the James Renwick Alliance.