I don’t know about you, but I’m overdue for a trip to NYC. I need to recharge my jewelry mojo with the cultural stimuli (and shopping opportunities) that only my hometown can provide. So I’ve booked a flight to go see the blockbuster exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art—Jewelry: The Body Transformed. The show opens November 12, which, not so coincidentally, is kickoff day of the 1st Annual New York City Jewelry Week. Let’s start planning for these can’t-miss jewelry experiences in NYC today!
Jewelry at The Met: A Brilliant Body of Work
According to a press preview from The Met, Jewelry: The Body Transformed will explore “how jewelry acts upon and activates the body it adorns.” The show will demonstrate the power and purpose of jewelry through some 230 jewels and objects curated from The Met’s vast collection, along with relevant paintings, drawings, costumes, and sculptures.
But instead of viewing the museum’s treasures chronologically, as they are normally presented, you will see them “in a radiant display that groups these ornaments according to the part of the body they adorn: head and hair; nose, lips, and ears; neck and chest; arms and hands; and waist, ankles, and feet.” Sounds like fun!
Jewelry: The Body Transformed is a must-see jewelry experience for gem-obsessed people like us, and I, for one, can’t wait. An illustrated catalog written by Met curators ($50) will be available in the Met Store, along with the museum’s collection of jewelry reproductions, which will make fabulous gifts for the holidays.
Visit themetmuseum.org for more information.
NYC Jewelry Week: November 12-18
The inaugural New York City Jewelry Week is billed as a city-wide series of insiders’ jewelry experiences, which will be open to the public—just in time for holiday shopping. Jewelry Week will feature exhibitions, lectures, workshops, studio tours, and new collections from established brands and emerging designers.
Be sure to make time to visit two exciting new jewelry boutiques in SoHo: Fine Jewelry designer Mimi So has opened an outpost on Spring Street, while Texas-based Kendra Scott (a self-made billionaire) is on Crosby Street, just a stone’s throw away
Check out nycjewelryweek.com for more information, and look to OBJ for news as it unfolds. But for now, start making your reservations…and polishing all your best baubles for a dazzling week in New York. See you there!