The Cincinnati Art Museum will showcase an array of jewelry as groundbreaking as the era it hails from in Simply Brilliant: Artist-Jewelers of the 1960s and 1970s, on view from Oct. 22, 2021–Feb. 6, 2022.
The 1960s and ’70s brought waves of social, political and cultural change, setting the stage for a unique breed of artist-jewelers who brought to their craft a new level of artistry, one to parallel these radical changes in society and express the nonconformist values of their wearers.
Focusing on organic forms, compelling textures and abstract shapes, these designers incorporated materials as unconventional as their approach, including things coral, shell, geodes, crystals and even elephant hair(!) alongside precious metals.
The exhibition showcases pieces from designers including Andrew Grima, Jean Vendome and Barbara Anton along with mold-breaking work created for Tiffany’s by Elsa Peretti, Bulgari, and other major houses. The approximately 120 pieces on display are drawn together from one of the most important private collections of fine jewelry from this era, that of Cincinnati Kimberly Klosterman.