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THE GALAXIES WHIRL NECKLACE by Marianne Hunter.

Out of This World! Jewelry in the

Space Age


exhibition

 


 

Jewelry is about beauty, status, personal expression, religious belief, popular culture, fashion, and, sometimes, current events. Throughout history people have worn jewelry to commemorate military victories and dynastic change. Since the late nineteenth-century charm bracelets and brooches linked to political elections have been perennially popular. And today’s vogue for pastel-colored rubber bracelets is a way to signal awareness of some newsworthy cause, whether it is cancer prevention or global warming.

So it should be no surprise that our fascination with the heavens has always been reflected in jewelry. Artisans in ancient cultures made jewelry representing the stars, sun and moon. Yet it is a jolt, and a delightful one, to see how modern ideas about outer space have been distilled into jewelry ranging from precious pieces by Van Cleef & Arpels to pot-metal, souvenir Sputnik brooches.

 

 


 

 

 

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