Jewels by JAR at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Jewels by JAR at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Hope you’ll bear with me as I do a 2nd fashion post this week.  But I just had to tell you that on November 20th, The Metropolitan Museum will open its first ever exhibition devoted to a contemporary, living jewelry designer. Known for being notoriously privately, the public will finally get to know New York Born, Paris based designer Joel Arthur Rosenthal, who works under the name JAR. New fans and collectors will get to enjoy a retrospective of more than 400 of the finest works by the acclaimed jewelry designer over the last 35 years.

From jewels in classical flower forms and organic shapes to witty objets d’art—all executed with the most exquisite gem stones, in an original combination of colors and set in variations of gold. Rosenthal’s one-of-a-kind creations place him among the ranks of history’s greatest jewelers.

JAR Retrospective at the Met

From the Metropolitan Museum of Art:

Born in New York and educated at Harvard, Rosenthal moved to Paris soon after his graduation in 1966 and began to experiment with jewelry making. JAR opened in 1978 on the Place Vendôme—the same space he occupies today. Very early in his career, Rosenthal revealed his superb sense of color, whether in the hue of an exotic violet sapphire, the shimmer of topaz and ruby, or the simple clarity of a perfect diamond. His works quickly became known for their unique design, the quality of their stones, and their remarkable craftsmanship, but above all for their fearless beauty. He is known for his pavé technique—the setting of small stones so close together that they appear as a continuous surface of jewels—and uses subtle gradations of color to create a painterly effect.

When I attended the Met Gala in May, I saw someone wearing his earrings. They stopped me dead in my tracks. I had never in my life seen jewelry so beautiful.

He is known for his pavé technique—the setting of small stones so close together that they appear as a continuous surface of jewels—and uses subtle gradations of color to create a painterly effect.

JAR produces only 70 to 80 jewels each year, for an exclusive clientele. Rosenthal reportedly reserves the right to refuse to sell any item if he doesn’t think it would look good on the intended wearer. How amazing is that? The rarity and exclusivity of his pieces have allowed them to smash records at auctions. And that?

JAR Retrospective at the Met

The show Jewels by JAR will be running from November 20, 2013 – March 9, 2014. If you happen to be in New York, be sure to visit the show.  In the meantime, visit Metmuseum.org for more information.

 

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  1. Joan Aldrich says

    Dear Hollye,

    You are so right about his exclusivity … I had the pleasure of visiting a friend last year , a Countess from Italy , and she had on the most exquisite flower earrings , they were other worldly !!! She is the envy of many, as she told me of friends and acquaintances who he refuses to design for … And the price tag was not the issue … He simply has to connect and respect his clientele . I got the feeling that one ups manship is not a trait he admires . I would love to see the exhibit … Do you know if they are selling a catalog of this collection ? As always your posts are always so full of silver linings !!! May you and your family have a blessed and Happy Thanksgiving. Hearts Love, Joanie

    • says

      Oh my gosh, what an AMAZING story! Love it. Thanks for sharing!
      I would imagine that they would be selling a catalog. They usually do for their special exhibits.
      Thanks, again. What fun!
      Happy Thanksgiving to you, too! xx

      • Joan Aldrich says

        Hi Hollye.

        FYI

        I just checked out the Met Web Site and they do have a book of JAR If you are a new customer they have a promotion code that gives you 20% off your purshcse over $50…. they are $40. each … so presto, I ordered a few ,they will be excellent Christmas Gifts !!!

        All the Best,
        Joanie

  2. Diane says

    Thanks for the info, I'm obsessed with JAR. I was lucky enough to have clients bring several pieces into the boutique because they knew how much I'd want to see them. Exquisite, blew me away! Maybe in my next life…..