Mad About Jewelry? Check Out 4 Fabulous 2017 Jewelry Exhibits

New York City

LOOT Logo. Museum of Arts and Design, NY.

This week, New York’s Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) will present “LOOT: MAD About Jewelry,” its annual exhibition and sale featuring designs from more than 50 emerging and acclaimed international jewelry artists.


Now in its 17th edition, LOOT has earned a reputation as one of the must-see jewelry exhibits, the ultimate pop-up shop for contemporary artist-made jewelry. At LOOT you can meet with and acquire pieces from some of the most innovative creators in the field.


Kim Sooyeon House on Benefit Street Neckpiece at LOOT
Kim Sooyeon House on Benefit Street Neckpiece at LOOT. Photo courtesy of

LOOT celebrates the mission of the Museum of Arts and Design to present jewelry as an art form. MAD is the only American museum with a gallery dedicated to the display of both temporary jewelry exhibits and its own collection of contemporary and modern studio and art jewelry.

Proceeds from the  jewelry exhibit will benefit the Museum’s exhibitions and education programs.

Show Times:

Tuesday, April 4 | 10am to 7pm
Wednesday, April 5 | 10am to 8pm
Thursday, April 6 | 10am to 9pm
Friday, April 7 | 10am to 6pm
Saturday, April 8 | 10am to 6pm
(entrance with Museum admission)

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Jean Schlumberger Jewelry Photos
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Richmond, Virginia

Jelly Fish Brooch
Jean Schlumberger Jelly Fish Brooch

Rachel “Bunny” Lambert Mellon’s extensive collection of Jean Schlumberger jewelry is on view at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Schlumberger is one of last century’s most renowned Fine Jewelry designers. A total of 142 pieces are on display at the exhibit, titled “The Rachel Lambert Mellon Collection of Jean Schlumberger.” It will remain on view through June 18, 2017.

Born in Paris, Schlumberger lived from 1907 to 1987. He first became known for his costume jewelry designs for Elsa Schiaparelli in Paris in the 1930s. In the 1950s, he moved to New York where he ran his own salon at Tiffany & Co.

Mellon, a prominent philanthropist, owned an estate in Virginia. She died in 2014, having bequeathed her Schlumberger collection to the museum. It is the largest collection of his work in the world.

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Poster from The Al Thani Collection, Grand Palais, Paris
Poster from The Al Thani Collection, Grand Palais, Paris.

Paris, France

After blockbuster exhibits at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, and the Miho Museum in Japan, the Al Thani Collection of jewels is now on view at the Grand Palais in Paris through June 5, 2017. The exhibit explores the splendors of Indian jewelry and its influence on western design.

“From the Great Mughals to Maharajas: Jewels From The Al Thani Collection” features 270 Al Thani jewels and objects as well as pieces from other esteemed institutions and collections including the Cartier Collection.

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The Duchess of Devonshire Tiara
The Duchess of Devonshire Tiara. Photo Courtesy of Pinterest, saved from

Derbyshire, England

Thomas Gainsborough Lady Georgiana Cavendish
Thomas Gainsborough Lady Georgiana Cavendish. Photo courtesy of wikipedia.

Chatsworth House is considered one of the great houses of England. It is the Derbyshire seat of the Dukes of Devonshire and home to the Cavendish family for five centuries. Known for its collections of Old Master drawings, paintings and sculpture, the family is now unveiling its vast treasure trove of costumes and fashions.

“House Style: Five Centuries of Fashion at Chatsworth” opened on March 25 and will continue through October 22, 2017. This month, a richly illustrated companion book, which includes archival photos of the family’s fashions and jewelry, is being published by Rizzoli.

According to “Both the exhibition and the book focus on the extraordinary Cavendish women, beginning with Bess of Hardwick, one of the most powerful nobles of the 16th century, and Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, the 18th-century ‘Empress of Fashion.’ In the 20th century, Chatsworth’s legacy of style continued with such figures as Adele Astaire, sister and dance partner of Fred Astaire and wife of Lord Charles Arthur Francis Cavendish; Kathleen ‘Kick’ Kennedy, a sister of John F. Kennedy and wife of the Marquess of Hartington, heir apparent to the 10th Duke of Devonshire; and of course, Deborah Devonshire, Chatsworth’s chatelaine for a half-century, and her sister Nancy Mitford. More recently, the Devonshire glamour has been upheld by a generation that includes models Stella Tennant and Laura Burlington, who in 2007 married William Burlington, Earl of Burlington and heir to the present Duke.”

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