Jewelry Exhibitions and Auctions: A Summer Travel Guide

Berber Jewelry Exhibit
Berber Jewelry Exhibit, Photo Courtesy

As you make your summer travel plans, be sure to check out the museums and auction houses in the cities you are visiting for their fine jewelry exhibitions and auctions. Spending an hour or two in an air-conditioned museum or exhibit space is a great way to beat the heat of summer sightseeing, while adding to your knowledge of and passion for fine jewelry. Here is a list of some important summer exhibits, plus a schedule of fine jewelry auctions, many of which you can also view online as an armchair traveler. Bon voyage!

Multiple Exposures: Jewelry and Photography
Museum of Arts & Design, New York, NY

Through January 18, 2015

Gilded New York
Museum of the City of New York, New York, NY
Through January, 2015

Unique by Design: Contemporary Jewelry in the Donna Schneier Collection
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Through August 31, 2014

Marjorie Merriweather, Cartier Emerald and Diamond Pendant-Brooch
Marjorie Merriweather Post’s Cartier Emerald
& Diamond Pendant-Brooch

Cartier: Marjorie Merriweather Post’s Dazzling Gems

Hillwood Museum, Washington, DC
Through December 31, 2014

Gold and the Gods: Jewels of Ancient Nubia
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
July 19, 2014 – May 14, 2015

The Beauty of Science: Gems & Gemology Celebrates 80 Years, Featuring the Artistry of Harold and Erica Van Pelt
Gemological Institute of America, Carlsbad, CA
Through December, 2014

Fabergé: Jeweler to the Czars
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Canada

Through October 5, 2014

Femmes Berbères du Maroc
La Fondation Pierre Bergé–Yves Saint Laurent, Paris, France

Through July 20, 2014

Coming this Fall:

Cartier Brooch
Cartier Brooch, Photo Courtesy of Hillwood Museum

Hollywood Glamour: Fashion and Jewelry from the Silver Screen
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

September 9, 2014 – March 8, 2015

Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century
Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO

November 16, 2014 – March 15, 2015

Auctions through September:


Jewelry, London, Knightsbridge, July 16

Jewelry, Oxford, July 22

Jewelry, London, Knightsbridge, Aug. 13

Jewelry, Oxford, Sept. 2

Jewelry and Silver, Edinburgh, Sept. 3

Jewelry, London, Knightsbridge, Sept. 10

Fine Jewelry, London, New Bond Street, Sept. 17

Salon Jewelry, San Francisco, Sept. 29


Brilliant Jewels, online only, through July 1

Jewelry, London, South Kensington, July 17

Jewelry & Watches, London, South Kensington, Sept. 1

Freeman’s Auctioneers & Appraisers

Jewelry & Silver, Lyon & Turnbull, Edinburgh, July 9

Estate Jewelry, Freeman’s, Philadelphia, Sept. 17

Heritage Auctions

2014 Jewelry Signature Auction, Beverly Hills, Sept. 22

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers

Fine Jewelry, Chicago, Sept. 7–8

Fine Jewels, London, July 16

Important Jewels, New York, Sept. 23

For tips on how to pack and care for your fine jewelry click here.

Sources: The American Society of Jewelry Historians, which is celebrating its 27th year as one of the nation’s pre-eminent jewelry organizations:; The Gemological Institute of America (GIA); Town & Country magazine.


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