September 25, 2003 — February 8, 2004
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.