Observations on Jewelry


Yesterday, I went to a terrific show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art called “Jewelry: The Body Transformed.”  The exhibit  has a stunning collection from Ancient times to the present of all sorts of headdresses, earrings and ear “ornaments,”  pins, necklaces, rings and belts.  It’s pretty amazing to explore how jewelry has been used to adorn the body, convey power, signal the divine, appease the gods, create surprise or even shock others.

It does get you wondering whether jewelry can be designed to reduce the aging process.  Or maybe it has already been designed with some of those jewel-encrusted masks on display.

The show is on until February 24, if you want to check it out.


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