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Why Pearls?

Marcus & Co. (New York), The Osborn Pearls, 1906, Newark Museum, Purchase 2014 Alberto Burri Memorial Fund established by Stanley J. Seeger (2014.5), case, 178 x 178 x 38 mm, necklace length, 1454 mm, photo: Richard Goodbody In 2014 the Newark Museum’s Acquisitions Committee allowed me to purchase a string of pearls 1454 mm long.

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Anni Albers’s and Alex Reed’s Drain and Paperclip Necklace

Like many of Anni Albers’s woven pieces, the 1941 hardware necklace series she made with former student Alex Reed was informed by her travels throughout South America. Reflecting on the incorporation of natural materials in ancient jewelry discovered in a tomb near Oaxaca, Mexico, Albers explained, “The art of Monte Alban had given us the

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Nils Hint, Shadow

Nils Hint, Shadow, 2014, brooches, forged iron readymades, various dimensions, photo: artist During those awkward first weeks at university, I met a guy who possessed a laptop-sized hydraulic press that he said could flatten anything. I was never able to verify his claim, but the thought of this device stayed with me, recalling the ubiquitous

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Zip It! How One Necklace Silenced Twitter

Each award-show season, a virtual community of jewelry enthusiasts gathers around hash tags to observe and assess red-carpet arrivals in real time. Using a predetermined tag—#oscarjewelry #globejewelry #grammyjewelry—lets us comment, question, commiserate, and crack wise on the jewelry selected to adorn celebrities at these rarified events. Considerable intrigue surrounds who will wear what. Calling a

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David Bielander, Snake

Sara Visbeek, the author’s partner, wearing the python for the first time, Galerie Rob Koudijs, February 5, 2012, photo: Miecke Oosterman At first glance, this python doesn’t look like a piece of jewelry at all. It is one big object, or rather, it’s a full-grown, life-size snake, dozing in a corner of the room. But

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