While visiting the East Coast over the holidays, I made a trip up to New York City to see the Jewels by JAR exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I actually knew very little about JAR (Joel Arthur Rosenthal) until I heard the buzz surrounding this particular exhibit. After seeing it, I’ll never forget the assortment of vibrant colors and immense beauty that was on display. To put it lightly, his designs are stunning! The gemstones he uses in each design are so unique and perfectly placed on each piece of jewelry. As someone who understands the hard work and time it takes to make jewelry, let alone curate the stones, I was in awe.
“Nature is a recurring theme in the JAR canon, with butterflies singled out for their varying and brightly hued wing patterns, along with flowers, fruit, vegetables, and other natural forms, re-imagined in color-saturated bracelets and brooches.” – Thomas P. Campbell, Director, Metropolitan Museum of Art
I left the exhibit feeling so inspired with a newly discovered love for all things JAR.