Jewelry: The Body Transformed

<Part 1>

Object 1:


  1. Designer/Creator: Cartier (French, founded 1847)
  2. Name of Object: Five-strand Pearl Necklace
  3. Origin(where was it made?): London
  4. Season/Year: 1928
  5. Function: emblem of respectability and social status
  6. Fabrication: Natural pearls, diamonds, platinum
  7. Form: basic necklace form
  • Even from a distance, I was able to notice that it’s a pearl necklace. A bunch of pearls with a very tight and detailed design grabbed my attention. Pearl jewelry always reminds me of the queen and princess. I think it is probably because queens and princess wears pearl jewelry at least once in movies. The reason why we usually believe pearl as valuable jewelry is because it actually symbolizes the purity, generosity, integrity, and loyalty of its wearer. The title of this section of an exhibition is “The Seductive Pearl” which I highly agree with it. I think this pearl necklace not only attracts me but also makes me feel confident and elegant. The description of this section mentioned that “While the pearl necklace has long stood as an emblem of respectability and social status, even a certain primness, it has also enjoyed favor as an erotic accessory.” By looking at the description and the object itself, I felt that there are lots of meaning delivered in necklace especially because of the materials such as pearls and diamonds.

Object 2:


  1. Designer/Creator: Louis Comfort Tiffany (American, 1848-1933)
  2. Name of Object: Necklace with Opals
  3. Origin(where was it made?): New York
  4. Season/Year: 1904
  5. Function: the business of jewelry
  6. Fabrication: opals, gold, enamel
  7. Form: basic necklace form
  • It was fascinating to see jewelry by firms in this exhibition. Especially, Tiffany’s jewelry very stands out to me because I personally love the brand. When I first saw this necklace, I immediately thought it’s so beautiful because I was able to capture the beauty that comes from its delicacy. This necklace was included in the section called “The Business of Jewelry.” I think I was able to see more modern objects in this section because they were based on luxury brands’ showing their identities into a set of recognizable characteristics which is leaving the audience in the middle. It was an excellent opportunity to see how the company construct their jewelry to build their profit.

Object 3:


  1. Designer/Creator: Indian, Chettiar
  2. Name of Object: Thali (marriage necklace)
  3. Origin(where was it made?): Tamil Nadu
  4. Season/Year: late 19th century
  5. Function: marriage necklace – used for bride
  6. Fabrication: gold, later strung on black thread
  7. Form: basic necklace form but has unique shape and purpose
  • My first impression on this object was a surprise. I thought it is unique not only because of its shape but also its purpose of use. This necklace was very different from what I think it is for basic necklace form. I would never think of wearing this necklace in the marriage because it seems very heavy, large, rough, and uncomfortable. However, I was able to understand after looking at the year which was the late 19th century. Today, it is hard to imagine wearing that necklace in the marriage, but I think it would worth it at that period because the materials and the shape itself could represent definite meaning for the bride.

<Part 2>


a. Jewelry Object: Necklace with Opals

  1. Date: 1904
  2. Creator: Louis Comfort Tiffany
  3. Material: opals, gold, enamel

b. Art Object: Madame X

  1. Date: 1907
  2. Artist: Auguste Rodin
  3. Medium: Marble

First, I chose a necklace with opals for the jewelry object just because I love the overall mood of its necklace. While I was looking for the comparing art object in the museum, I immediately chose this object because I thought the shape of the sculpture well fits for the necklace to display on it. I don’t think they have a direct relationship with each other. However, they could make a great combination by highlighting each other.

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