Alejandra Salinas is a metalsmith and emerging curator, born in the United States and raised in Mexico. Standing between two cultures, she combines her personal history with a contemporary perspective, translating her experiences into metal objects and jewelry. Salinas completed her BFA in metal at the State University of New York at New Paltz. Her work explores boundaries, both physical and conceptual, as she attempts to materialize a sense of resilience and hope.
Although museums are closed during the pandemic, you can nonetheless view many of their holdings online. We've compiled direct links to the contemporary jewelry collections of almost two dozen of the top institutions in this domain.
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, New York City
See its jewelry collection here.
LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), Los Angeles, CA, USA
Find LACMA’s jewelry collection here.
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Canada
Find its jewelry collection here. Once there, at far right on the top of the page, select “En” for English. Then scroll all the way to the bottom, and type “jewellery” (note the British spelling!) in the search box. Under “Ages,” you can refine the time period you want to see.
mudac (Musée de Design et d’Arts Appliqués Contemporains, Lausanne, Switzerland
Find an easy-to-navigate jewelry collection here. A slightly more complicated one is here. You can filter it by selecting “Types d’object” (type of object), then choosing “bague” (ring); “broche” (brooch); “collier” (necklace); “pendentif” (pendant); or bracelet.
Rian Designmuseum, Falkenberg, Sweden
The Rian has a jewelry lending library. See the pieces that are currently available to borrow here. (They will change over time as items are returned or go out on loan.)
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Enjoy its jewelry collection here. Use the search term “sieraden” or “jewelery” (note the spelling with only one “l”), then refine the results by type of object and/or period.
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Go here for its jewelry collection, Use search term “sieraad” (which is Dutch for jewelry), as well as “jewellery.” Also, the Françoise van den Bosch Collection is part of the Stedlijk, and can be viewed here.