Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Jewels by JAR

This stunning Zebra Brooch by JAR is from 1987.

If you are in New York City over the holidays, go have some glittery fun with a visit to the amazing new exhibit Jewels by JAR, opening today at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. JAR are the initials of Joel A. Rosenthal, an American jeweler who lives and works in Paris. This is the first retrospective of his work in the U.S. and marks the first time the Met has devoted an exhibit to a contemporary artist of gems.

Colored Balls Necklace, 1999.

The Bronx-born and bred Rosenthal attended Harvard University, moving to Paris shortly upon graduation. After stints including opening a needlepoint shop and a brief move back to New York to work at the famed jewelry house Bulgari, Rosenthal decided to start his own jewelry business under his initials JAR. He and his partner, Pierre Jeannet, opened their tiny shop in Paris on the Place Vendôme in 1978.

Fleur de Lys Stained Glass Brooch, 1987. Amethysts, garnets, tourmalines, diamonds, silver, gold.

Rose necklace, 2001. Rubies, sapphires, garnets, beryls, diamonds, silver, gold.

More than 400 JAR masterworks are on display, on loan from collectors around the world. Jane Adlin, Associate Curator in the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Met, who organized the exhibit, noted that Rosenthal is most known for the extensive use of pavé in his jewelry. She also said, “You could put any of the pieces on a coffee table or a dressing table and they would function as a work of art.”

Iris Brooch, 2000. Sapphires, diamonds, silver, gold.

Ms. Adlin is exactly right. JAR’s flower brooches are absolutely amazing (and huge!), but what I loved most were his animal brooches. I have never seen anything like them in terms of workmanship, size and beauty. They are stunning and well worth a visit.

Sheep’s Head Brooch, 2006. Oriental pearls, sapphires, silver, gold. I just love it.

Butterfly Brooch, 2013, of diamonds, spinels, aluminum, gold, and silver.

More gorgeous butterflies (and a dragonfly!) by JAR. Beyond gorgeous!

The butterfly brooches take up an entire wall at the back of the exhibit.

Elephant Brooch, 1987. Agate, Oriental pearls, diamonds, silver, gold.

I am amazed at the detail as shown here...

...and here.

Sheep’s Head Brooch of sapphires, aluminum and gold, 1997.

Elephant Head Brooch, 2013. Diamond aigrette, titanium, agate, silver, gold. One of my favorites.

Jewels by JAR is on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art through March 9, 2014.

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vero said...

You make me interested in things for which usually I haven't any interest ;)

Suzanne Carillo Style Files said...

Wow these are stunning. TFS


Pam @ over50feeling40 said... are so lucky to live where you can experience all of these stunning exhibits!

Aya in Couturgatory said...

I agree with vero: you make me want to go check out what's showing in art exhibits. I love that you make the most of living in your city.

Anonymous said...

Exquisite! Jill - sharing these exhibits allows us to celebrate and enjoy with you.
Many Thanks! xoxo

Adrienne Shubin said...

Oh my gosh! That sheep head with the pearls...gorgeous. And the zebra!
I am not really a brooch person (except I want to make a brooch statement necklace) but would definitely wear one of these with much pride!
I am always learning something new when I stop by for a visit...I love that about you and your blog!
xoxo, A

Anonymous said...

I absolutely love these pieces! Thank you for sharing them and all the other exhibits especially for those of us who can't visit in person, at least we get a taste because of your blog.

Jill said...

Thanks for the nice comments, ladies! I wish we could see this exhibit as a big group, with the curator giving us a tour! XO, Jill