Platinum, yellow sapphire and diamond bracelet mounted with 5 cushion cut Ceylon yellow sapphires, approximately 60.53 carats, 10 keystone cut yellow sapphires approximately 8.61 carats and 75 round brilliant cut diamonds approximately 5.90 carats – signed OHB. Designed by Oscar Heyman & Brothers
Courtesy Betteridge Jewelers on behalf of private collector
Photo © Betteridge Jewelers

Ku Hai Winter Necklace
Black, raw, and mogul-cut diamond, dendrite agate, gold
Designed by JiGisha Chawla Adlakha
Courtesy of Paarijat: House of Indus Raj Nagar, Ghaziabad, India

Malachite and Azurite
Bisbee, Arizona
Gift of the Ralph Chait Galleries, Bruce Museum Collection 91.19.02

Lightening Ridge, Australia
Marc P. Weill Fine Mineral Collection
Photo ©2011 FMI-Elliott

Tourmaline (Elbaite)
Jonas Mine, Brazil
Marc P. Weill Fine Mineral Collection
Photo ©2011 FMI-Elliott

Bijoux: The Origins and Impact of Jewelry

July 16, 2011 - March 11, 2012

Jewelry. It is the universal means to transmit personal information—marital status, wealth, heritage, and aesthetics. An artifact of world history, jewelry is evidence that the Earth, human culture, and technology have evolved.

The known history of personal adornment extends thousands of years. Humans have adorned themselves with everything from shark’s teeth to diamonds to tattoos. Exotically rare or hard to get items are the most coveted: until now.

In this “Age of Sustainability,” jewelry artists are experimenting with both new and long forgotten materials and techniques. This trend is pushing the envelope in jewelry design and has set the stage for a renewed appreciation for the intimacy between art and science.

Bijoux: The Origins and Impact of Jewelry investigates the wide range of materials used to make jewelry, from bones and fossils, to diamonds and CZs. Bijoux explores the ingenuity of artists to create adornment from a host of materials, from the common to the sublime. It delves into the genesis of these natural materials and explores the economic and environmental impact of our universal attraction to sparkle. Bijoux is a celebration of human nature and our ability to adapt.

The exhibition will be held In the Science Gallery and is supported by Betteridge Jewelers, the Charles M. and Deborah G. Royce Exhibition Fund, Anne and Fred Elser, and Hank and Meryl Silverstein .

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Bijoux: The Origins and Impact of Jewelry - Full Exhibition Video