Earrings

  • Miye Matsukata, Earrings, ca. 1973, gold, diamonds, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Harold Rubenstein in memory of his wife Irma Sims Rubenstein, 1991.106A-B

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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.

Title
Earrings
Artist
Date
ca. 1973
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
2 x 7/8 x 5/8 in. (5.1 x 2.2 x 1.6 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Harold Rubenstein in memory of his wife Irma Sims Rubenstein

Mediums
Mediums Description
gold, diamonds
Classifications
Object Number
1991.106A-B
Palette
Linked Open Data
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n.d.
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