23 Institutions, 24/7 Access

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.

Centraal Museum, Utrecht, the Netherlands
Find the museum’s jewelry collection here.

Dinie Besems, Men's Necklace, 2003

CODA Museum, Appeldoorn, the Netherlands
Enjoy the museum’s jewelry collection, as well as jewelry from other collections, here.

Felieke van der Leest, Dashed Beast, 2003

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, New York City
See its jewelry collection here.

Bettina Speckner, Untitled, 2005

Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY, USA
Go here for the jewelry collection. Try using the search term “jewelry,” then refine the results by clicking on the “contemporary” button.

Jiro Kamata, Bi-12 Color, 2015

Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX, USA
The institution’s jewelry collection is here.

Fritz Maierhofer, Untitled, 1974

Die Neue Sammlung, Munich, Germany
Enjoy a virtual tour of the Danner Rotunde here.

Photo courtesy Die Neue Sammlung

DIVA, Antwerp, Belgium
See the online collection here.

Christophe De Ranter, Untitled, 1998

Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA, USA
See the museum’s jewelry collection here. Try using the search term “jewelry.”

Susie Ganch, Brooch with Gray Molecules, circa 2008

LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), Los Angeles, CA, USA
Find LACMA’s jewelry collection here.

Deganit Stern Schocken, Necklace #36

The Met, New York City
The museum’s jewelry collection is here. You can refine by date/era, as well as object type, material, and geographic location.

Kiff Slemmons, Sticks and Stones and Words, 1992

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.

Donald Friedlich, Brooch, from the Magnification series, 2013

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.

Aurélie Dellasanta, Burning Life/Bomb 1, 2012

Museo del Gioiello Vicenza, Vicenza, Italy
Go here … but really the entire site has photos of pieces shown in the museum’s exhibitions over the years, so it’s a total jewelry extravaganza.

Kerry Howley, Attraction/Aversion no. 3, 2011

Museum of Arts and Design, New York City
View its collection here. The work is organized by material.

K. Lee Manuel, Protectors of the Sacred Objects of Sirius, 1988

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston, TX, USA
Go here to see the jewelry collection There are a number of ways to refine the search, including by year.

Tone Vigeland, Bracelet, 1985

Metal Museum, Memphis, TN, USA
Its jewelry collection is here.

Eleanor Moty, Crystal Fragment, 1992

Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC, USA
Find the Renwick’s jewelry collection here.

Richard Mawdsley, Feast Bracelet, 1974

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.)

Healim Shin, Rain Drops 3, 2017

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Enjoy its jewelry collection here. Use the search term “sieraden” or “jewellery," then refine the results by type of object and/or period.

Beppe Kessler, Paper Bracelet, circa 1985

RISD Museum, Providence, RI, USA
View the museum’s jewelry collection here.

Barbara Seidenath, Arctic Brooch, 1999

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.

Françoise van den Bosch, Untitled, 1968

Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA, USA
Find its jewelry collection here.

Sarah Hood, Tree Ruff, 2008

Victoria and Albert Museum, London
See the V&A’s jewelry collection here.

Barbara Paganin, brooch, 2011

Alejandra Salinas

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.

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