Whether fashioned out of precious metals and costly gemstones, or created with more common materials—wood, bone, ceramic, even plastic—the jewelry we wear speaks volumes about who we are. The Metropolitan Museum of Art has taken an interest in the art of personal adornment for nearly a century and a half.
Within five years of its 1870 founding, the Museum had already acquired its first pieces of jewelry. Today, this wearable art at The Met tells a global story through rare and beautiful objects found throughout the collection.
The Met’s holdings include broad collars from ancient Egypt; spiral brooches from Europe’s Bronze Age; delicate pieces made by ancient Greek and Etruscan goldsmiths (above); inlaid mosaic ear flares worn by Precolumbian warriors; precious gold jewelry from the ancient Near East, Byzantium, Côte d’Ivoire, Central Java, and India (below); gem-studded parures from the great French jewelry houses; innovative art jewelry by Louis C. Tiffany; and fabulous pieces by top couturiers.
The Met continues to acquire and display designs by artists both contemporary and ancient (and every era in between) from around the world. Met exhibitions that have focused exclusively on jewelry have included the recent Jewelry: The Body Transformed, Unique by Design, Jewels by JAR, and Treasures from India: Jewels from the Al-Thani Collection. Jewelry for America is currently installed in the American Wing’s Gallery 773, on view through April 5, 2020.
All this gives the Met Store jewelry team a near-endless reserve of ideas as we develop new designs. This season, our offerings include a selection of pieces on a celestial theme, drawn from original objects that span centuries of creativity. Our starry statement necklace (at top), as well as bracelets, earrings and more, will add a heavenly touch to any fall wardrobe.
Looking for some new pieces for your wardrobe? Shop our latest arrivals here.