Gem Envy

Manhattan’s Museum of Art and Design has opened a recent jewelry exhibition that is worth drooling over. Featuring over 450 pieces of fashion jewelry by the likes of designers Miriam Haskell, Marcell Boucher, Balenciaga, and Coco Chanel, the exhibition features an impressive array of necklaces, earrings, and bracelets, many of them one-of-a-kind, curated from the distinguished collection of Barbara Berger. Berger, the daughter of an American diamond merchant, started her enormous collection as a teenager with her first purchase of Chanel earrings at a French flea market. Since then, her collection has grown far beyond a few flea market finds to encompass some 4,000 couture jewelry pieces. It is now one of the largest and finest collections of couture jewelry in the world!

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photo source: MAD Museum

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photo source: MAD Museum

The Berger collection and exhibition illustrate a fascinating portrait of a particularly exciting and provocative era of fashion. Many of the pieces were designed specifically to be worn with haute couture clothing designed by such icons as Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, and Dolce and Gabbana. The show highlights the connection between the jewelry and fashion worlds both in history and in the present with an impressive collection of contemporary pieces. Be sure to check out this amazing collection while it is still on view- the exhibition is open until September 22nd.

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photo source: MAD Museum

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