Fine tune your eye to the fabulous craftsmanship of jewels by Joel A. Rosenthal, who has worked for more than thirty-five years in Paris under the name JAR. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is showcasing the first retrospective of his work in America. The breathtaking exhibition includes more than four hundred one-of-a-kind masterworks by this influential designer. The exhibition opens tomorrow, Wednesday, November 20 and runs through March 9, 2014.
Rosenthal, born in New York and educated at Harvard University, moved shortly after graduation to Paris. Within a few years his passion for making jewelry surpassed his other ventures, and he opened a small, almost hidden shop on the Place Vendôme where he could show his work. He quickly became well known for his sculptural designs in vibrant colors: wild rose and weeping-willow earrings; raspberry, asparagus, and leek brooches; soft-as-fabric handkerchief earrings; an ocean wave; a diamond-bridled zebra. He uses traditional as well as non-traditional materials: aluminum, titanium, steel, wood, silver darkened by chemical processes, even beetle wings. Whether the jewels are small or large, natural or geometric, wild in color or quietly shaded, each work is a singular expression of JAR’s unique creative spirit.
New York City is the undisputed center for the diamond and jewelry industry for North America and much of the world. Consumers and wholesalers come from around the globe and throughout the United States to the dense cluster of manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers concentrated here. The diamond and jewelry businesses in New York City generate an annual $24.183 billion in economic impact.
Contact Discover New York and Beyond to book your insider access experience to New York’s Diamond District available Monday – Friday. Learn how business gets done, the history of the district, where to find the best selection of wholesale diamonds, pearls, and emeralds, and more from the reputable suppliers. You’ll discover the process of making jewelry from the mold makers to the gemstone suppliers, to the finishers and setters. You’ll meet the designers who craft exquisite pieces for the rich and famous and be able to shop at wholesale prices. email@example.com