DescriptionTimeless motifs like the spiral and the scroll referenced ancient art. The linear, often asymmetrical jewelry was frequently handmade, designed to treat the body as an element in a field of line, form, and color. Our stylish pin is derived from mid-century modernist jewelry represented in the Museum's collection.
24K gold overlay. 2 3/8''L x 1 1/8''W.
- 24K gold overlay
- 2 3/8''L x 1 1/8''W
Art HistoryIn America in the 1930s, New York’s Greenwich Village became the center of bohemian life, a hotbed of new ideas that saw the emergence of modernist painting, sculpture, literature, and music. Drawing upon this vibrant arts scene, a group of gifted jewelers began to create modernist adornments. For inspiration they turned to the period’s abstract, biomorphic, and kinetic paintings and sculptures for their “art to wear.” Instead of precious gems and gold, these jewelers favored materials such as copper, aluminum, silver, ceramic, glass, and hard stones.