Antique Jewelry University
AJU is a project which focuses on jewelry and gemstone history. It does this by providing as much information as possible on its website and by stimulating new research. It's community based; everybody can contribute knowledge to the project and is encouraged to do so. Editor: Tim Spauwen, FGA. Sponsored by Lang Antiques.
Providence Jewelry Museum, Providence, Rhode Island
Heralded by the Museum as America's Jewelry Showplace, the Providence Jewelry Museum includes a broad collection of fine and fashion jewelry from the 18th century to the present. Some pieces come from around the world but many were produced in Providence and the local region.
Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh, PA
Wertz Gallery: Gems and Jewelry
This 2,000squarefoot addition to Hillman Hall of Minerals and Gems is dedicated to gems, the crystals they come from, and jewelry comprised of these precious stones.
Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum, Athens, Greece
This permanent exhibition displays "3000 pieces of jewelry and micro-sculpture from 45 collections designed by Lalaounis in the period 1940-1992. They include jewelry inspired by prehistoric art, Bronze Age Greece, Greek jewelry from the Classical and the Hellenistic periods, Byzantium, the art of Persia, the Ottoman Empire and the Far East, as well as creations marking developments in technology and science, from breakthroughs in biology to space travel."
Smithsonian Museum, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Wine, Worship & Sacrifice: the golden graves of ancient Vani/ treasures from Georgia
originally exhibited from Dec. 2007 to Feb. 2008
The exhibit includes spectacular gold, silver, ceramic vessels, jewelry, Greek bronze sculpture, Greek and Colchian coins, and Greek glassware gathered from ancient Colchis in Georgia.
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Harry Oppenheimer Diamond Museum – Israel
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American Museum of Natural History, New York City, NY
The AMNH has exhibited a dazzling array of collections of gems and jewel over the past years. Here are some of them, preserved for the web:
(originally exhibited from Nov. 2006 to Aug. 2007)
This virtual exhibition examines the science and cultural influence of civilization's most sought-after mineral illustrated by specimens and artifacts.
Totems to Turquoise: Native North American Jewelry Arts of the Northwest and Southwest
(originally exhibited from Oct. 2004 to July 2005)
This virtual exhibit illustrates the history of jewelry making among Native peoples of North America from ancient times to today.
Pearls (originally exhibited from Oct. 2001 to April 2002)
This virtual exhibit explains the origin and types of pearls and defines their trade, use and value through human history.