Kinetic Brooch

  • Fridl M. Blumenthal, Kinetic Brooch, ca. 1990, 18k gold, chrysoprase cabochons, and baroque pearl, Smithsonian American Art Museum, © 1990, Fridl M. Blumenthal, Gift of the artist in memory of her husband, Bernhard Blumenthal, 1994.116

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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.

Title
Kinetic Brooch
Artist
Date
ca. 1990
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
2 7/8 x 2 1/4 x 1/4 in. (7.4 x 5.9 x .5 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the artist in memory of her husband, Bernhard Blumenthal

Mediums
Mediums Description
18k gold, chrysoprase cabochons, and baroque pearl
Classifications
Object Number
1994.116
Palette
Linked Open Data
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