Necklace #1057

  • Earl Pardon, Necklace #1057, 1988, sterling silver, 14k gold, ebony, ivory, enamel, mother of pearl, ruby, garnet, blue topaz, rhodolite, amethyst, and spinel, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the James Renwick Alliance and museum purchase through the Smithsonian Institution Collections Acquisition Program, 1991.136

Luce Center Label

Earl Pardon often incorporated iridescent mother-of-pearl into his abstract mosaics of gold, silver, enamel, and colored gemstones on sterling silver plaques. Concerned with the way a piece fits the body, Pardon ensured that the necklace’s parts were hinged for adjustability and freedom of movement.

Luce Object Quote

“I treat jewelry like I would a painting. They are color statements more than anything else.” Artist quoted in Earl Pardon: Joy in the Making, 1998

Title
Necklace #1057
Artist
Date
1988
On View
Dimensions
17 1/4 x 1 1/8 x 1/8 in. (43.8 x 2.9 x .3 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the James Renwick Alliance and museum purchase through the Smithsonian Institution Collections Acquisition Program

Mediums
Mediums Description
sterling silver, 14k gold, ebony, ivory, enamel, mother of pearl, ruby, garnet, blue topaz, rhodolite, amethyst, and spinel
Classifications
Object Number
1991.136
Palette
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

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