Bangles

  • Merry Renk, Bangles, ca. 1967, sawn, fused, and soldered 14k gold with biwa pearls, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Joan Watkins, 1993.78.5

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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.

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“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

Title
Bangles
Artist
Date
ca. 1967
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
1 1/4 x 5/8 x 5/8 in. (3.2 x 1.7 x 1.7 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Joan Watkins

Mediums
Mediums Description
sawn, fused, and soldered 14k gold with biwa pearls
Classifications
Keywords
  • Dress – accessory – jewelry
Object Number
1993.78.5
Palette
Linked Open Data
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