flowers, design, inspirations

Inspired by Nature: Jewels by JAR

On view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art now through March 9, 2014, are the most exquisite, sumptuous and mind-blowingly beautiful jewel creations. Maybe Ever. The exhibition showcases more than four hundred jewel masterworks by Joel A. Rosenthal who has worked for more than thirty-five years in Paris under the name JAR. The first retrospective of his work in America, and the first exhibition devoted solely to a contemporary gem artist ever at The MET, the exhibition is truly one-of-a-kind. While I record here less than a third of this retrospective, I am particularly drawn to his creations that are inspired by nature. Ferns, Lily of the Valley, Roses, Camellias and more. There is a softness, a delicacy, and a beautiful reverence expressed through very firm and solid mediums. I have my favorites. I hope you get a chance to go and discover yours!IMG_9485

Camellia Brooch
2008
Seashells, diamonds, silver, gold. Private Collection

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Carnation Brooch
2011
Sapphires, diamonds, aluminum, silver, gold. Private Collection

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Wild Rose Brooches
1997
Sapphires, tourmalines, citrines, garnets, diamonds, silver, gold, enamel. Private Collection, London

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Camellia Bracelet
1995
Rubies, enamel, silver, gold.
Les Arts Décoratifs, musée des Arts décoratifs, Paris

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Carrot Flower Brooch
2009
Diamonds, rubies, silver, gold. Mrs. Carol Yu

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Poppy Brooch
1998
Fire opals, rubies, sapphires, diamonds, silver, gold. Private Collection

Pansy Pendant Necklace
1996
Garnets, diamonds, enamel, gold. Private Collection

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Five Wild Rose Brooches
1991
Oriental pearls, rubies, sapphires, amethysts, garnets, citrines, diamonds, platinum, silver, gold. Private Collection

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Peach Blossom Bracelet
2013
Demantoid garnet, sapphires, diamonds, spinels, gold, silver. Private Collection

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Earrings
1990
Sapphires, diamonds, silver, gold. Private Collection

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Bracelet
2010
Diamonds, silver, platinum. Private Collection

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Coral Brooch
2011
Coral, gold. Private Collection

Brooches
2004
Mother-of-pearl, diamonds, silver, gold. Private Collection

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Capillary Fern Brooch
1999
Diamonds, garnets, silver, gold. Private Collection

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Capillary Fern Earrings
1999
Garnets, silver, gold. Private Collection, London

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Pendant Earrings
2010
Black opals, diamonds, silver, gold. Private Collection

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Gardenia Brooch
1987
Coral, diamonds, platinum, gold. Private Collection

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Snowflake Brooch
2002
Diamonds, platinum, silver, gold. Private Collection

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Cameo and Rose Petal Brooch
2011
Cameo, rubies, diamonds, silver, gold. Private Collection

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Pendant Necklace
1984
Morganite, diamonds, platinum, gold. Private Collection

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Sheep’s Head Brooch
2006
Oriental pearls, sapphires, silver, gold. Private Collection

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Coral Bracelets
2011
Coral, gold. Private CollectionIMG_9000

Bracelet
1995
Sapphires, diamonds, silver, gold. Private Collection

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Autumn Necklace
1999
Wood, gold. Private Collection, LondonIMG_8997

String Necklace
1998
Diamonds, platinum. Private Collection, London

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Bracelet
2010
Spinel, diamond, platinum. Private Collection

Bracelet
2010
Diamond, platinum.
Private Collection, Wyoming

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Lace Fan Brooch
2001
Diamonds, silver, gold. Chantal Miller

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Camellia Brooch
2010
Rubies, sapphires, diamonds, silver, gold. Private Collection

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Tulip Brooch
2008
Rubies, diamonds, sapphires, garnets, silver, gold, enamel. Private Collection

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Rose Brooch
2013
Rubies, sapphires, spinels, diamonds, silver, gold. Private Collection

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Lilac Brooches
2001–2
Diamonds, garnets, sapphires, aluminum, silver, gold. Private Collection

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Bouquet Earrings
2013
Sapphires, garnets, amethysts, diamonds, aquamarines, aluminum, silver, gold. Private Collection

Lilac Box
2002
Jasper, garnets, enamel, bronze. Private Collection

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Pendant Earrings
2011
Beetle wings, emeralds, tsavorite garnets, diamonds, silver, platinum. Private Collection

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Sautoir Necklace
2012
Turquoise, demantoid and other garnets, emeralds, diamonds, silver, gold. Private Collection

IMG_9514Sheep’s Head Brooch
1997
Sapphires, aluminum, gold. Suzanne Syz

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Wisteria Earrings
2010
Sapphires, diamonds, silver, gold. Private Collection

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Hellebore Brooch
2004
Diamonds, demantoid garnets, sapphires, silver, gold, enamel. Private Collection

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Pendant Earrings
2012
Oriental pearls, emeralds, diamonds, platinum, gold. Private Collection

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Strawberry Pendant Earrings
2011
Sapphires, diamonds, bronze, silver, platinum, gold. Private Collection

Raspberry Pendant Earrings
2012
Rubies, diamonds, bronze, platinum, silver, gold. Private Collection

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Raspberry Brooch
2011
Rubies, diamonds, bronze, silver, gold, platinum. Private Collection, Hong Kong

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Onion Brooch
2010
Antique micro mosaic, rubies, diamonds, silver, gold, platinum. Private Collection

Leek Brooch
1989
Diamonds, garnets, silver, gold. Mr. D.M. Ngo

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Lettuce Leaf and 18th Century Micro Mosaic Rabbit Brooches
2013
Micro mosaic, garnets, diamonds, silver, gold.
Private Collection

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Knot Earrings
1987
Diamonds, silver, gold. Private Collection

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Iris Brooch
2000
Sapphires, diamonds, silver, gold. Private Collection

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Rose Bangle Bracelet
1998
Gold. Private Collection

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Rose Bracelet
1993
Rubies, amethysts diamonds, silver, gold. Private CollectionIMG_9546

Geranium Brooch
2007
Diamonds, aluminum, silver, gold. Private Collection

Geranium Brooch
2007
Aluminum, gold. Private Collection

Geranium Leaf Brooch
2007
Aluminum, gold. Private Collection

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Lace Cuff Bracelets
2001
Diamonds, silver, gold. Private Collection

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Lily of the Valley Brooch
1991
Oriental pearl, diamonds, platinum, gold. Private Collection

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Hoop Earrings
2010
Emeralds, diamonds, platinum, gold. Private Collection

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Gardenia Earrings
2007
Agate, diamonds, platinum. Private Collection

IMG_9557IMG_9558Gardenia Ring
2004
Diamonds, silver, gold. Private Collection
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Butterfly Brooches
1987-2013
Quartz, diamonds, silver, gold, sapphires, enamel, jade, rubies, rock crystal, amethysts, spinels, tourmalines, citrines, aquamarines, garnets, brown and white diamonds, chrysoprase, moonstones, topaz, platinum. Private CollectionsIMG_9517Dragonfly Brooch (378)
1987
Rock crystal, diamonds, silver, gold. Private CollectionIMG_9519Dragonfly Brooch (389)
1996
Jade, sapphires, fire and other opals, tourmalines, garnets, diamonds, silver, gold. Mrs. Carol YuIMG_9521Dragonfly Brooch (393)
2005
Diamonds, rubies, silver, gold. Mrs. Carol Yu

Photography Beth Horta for Sweet Sabelle.

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4 thoughts on “Inspired by Nature: Jewels by JAR

  1. luciana on said:

    thank you so much for posting – your photographs are awesome and you cared enough to post the descriptions! i’m in tears of joy!!!!!!! have you seen the lily pads? to die for- i saw them on a tiny pic in this collage on instagram -swoon!!!!!

  2. Cristiane on said:

    Hi Beth,
    I was in awe when I saw this exhibit yesterday! Looking forward to see you again in January @ Flower School.
    Beijos e um Happy Thanksgiving para voce e sua familia.
    Cristiane

  3. Ever since learning about this exhibit I’d been eating my heart out that I couldn’t see it. You have no idea how your beautiful pictures made my day!

    Thank you!

  4. suzan zahavi on said:

    thank you so much from Istanbul for sharing these beauties

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