JAR jewellery retrospective

JAR jewellery retrospective

Over four hundred pieces on display in New York

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The first American retrospective of the exquisite work by mysterious designer Joel Arthur Rosenthal, better known in the art industry as a JAR, will be put together in an exhibition that contains 400 jewellery pieces starting this week at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Born in New York City, Rosenthal, a Harvard University graduate, has lived in Paris since 1966, developing an exclusive - and to some, reclusive - reputation. His studio, located just off Place Vendôme, has no storefront or identifying markings, and is not open to the public. The artist himself is notoriously press-shy (so much so that he won't even appear this week). However despite his preconceived persona, Rosenthal has been instrumental to the exhibition's creation.

"We all just thought he was a master of his art," the exhibition curator Jane Adlin says, "I can compare him to any of the contemporary artists that we give one-man or one-woman shows to."

The main motif of Rosenthal's work is nature, and so the exhibition is a veritable greenhouse full of butterflies and flowers. At the exhibition you can see famous JAR's jewellery from the butterfly brooch made up of sapphires, fire opals, rubies, amethyst, garnets and diamonds (circa 1994) to a modern pair of emerald and oriental pearl drop earrings (2011).

The exhibition runs from November 20 until March 9, 2014

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