The Met Sparkles with “Jewels By JAR”

JAR Poppy Brooch, 1982. Made of diamond, tourmalines, and gold. Photo courtesy of JAR, Paris.
JAR Poppy Brooch, 1982. A diamond, tourmalines, and gold. All photos courtesy of JAR, Paris.

Thanks to Joel Arthur Rosenthal, the passionate jewelry designer behind JAR, the fashion world is a much more dazzling place. For the past 35 years, Rosenthal has diligently studied and collected gemstones, hand crafting fine, one-of-a-kind pieces at his atelier on the Place Vendôme in Paris, and attracting a loyal following of affluent and fashionable clients like Diane von Furstenberg, Elizabeth Taylor, and Jo Carole Lauder.

Now we can all appreciate JAR’s sparkling artistry and zeal by visiting “Jewels by JAR,” the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s magnificent display of more than 400 pieces made by the bling master himself.

JAR’s fascination with flora and fauna shine through the Met’s exhibit, as does his prowess of pavé, and his affinity for mixing precious stones with under-appreciated, natural metals such as titanium, aluminum, and steel. During a press preview for the exhibit earlier this week, curator Jane Adlin touched on the designer’s use of unexpected materials. “JAR mixes fine, perfect gemstones with stones of lesser quality, but the outcome is an extraordinary piece of jewelry.” Each piece is more brilliant than the last.

For a mega-dose of razzmatazz à la JAR, visit the Met through March 9. Visit metmuseum.org for more information.

JAR Cameo and Rose Petal Brooch, 2011. Made of rubies, diamonds, silver, and gold. Courtesy of JAR, Paris.
JAR Cameo and Rose Petal Brooch, 2011. Rubies, diamonds, silver, and gold.
JAR Butterfly Brooch, 1994. Made of sapphires, fire opals, rubies, amethyst, garnets, diamonds, silver and gold. Courtesy of JAR, Paris.
JAR Butterfly Brooch, 1994. Sapphires, fire opals, rubies, amethyst, garnets, diamonds, silver, and gold.
JAR Zebra Brooch, 1987. Made of agate, diamonds, a sapphire, silver, and gold. Courtesy of JAR, Paris.
JAR Zebra Brooch, 1987. Agate, diamonds, a sapphire, silver, and gold.
JAR Tulip Brooch, 2008. Made of rubies, diamonds, pink sapphires, garnets, silver, gold, and enamel. Courtesy of JAR, Paris.
JAR Tulip Brooch, 2008. Rubies, diamonds, pink sapphires, garnets, silver, gold, and enamel.

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