Jewels & Gems

September 25, 2003 — February 8, 2004

Renwick Gallery (Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street NW)
Media - 1992.107.1 - SAAM-1992.107.1_1 - 49896
John Paul Miller, Pendant/Brooch, 1975, 18k 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, 1992.107.1

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."


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