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Jewels of the Imagination: Radiant Masterworks by Jean Schlumberger from the Mellon Collection

Best known for his flora- and fauna-inspired creations for Tiffany & Co., which brought him on board in 1956, the jewelry designer Jean Schlumberger began his career creating buttons and then costume jewelry for the Italian couturière Elsa Schiaparelli in Paris in the 1930s. Jewels of the Imagination: Radiant Masterworks by Jean Schlumberger from the Mellon Collection reveals the breadth of his output through some 135 pieces of jewelry and objects such as cigarette cases and pill boxes. Often featuring colorful combinations of gemstones and enamel, his exuberant pieces found favor with such style icons as the Duchess of Windsor, Greta Garbo, and Vogue editor Diana Vreeland, who remarked, “He so well understands the fantastic beauty of the world.”

A pendant exhibition, Drawn to Beauty: The Art and Atelier of Jean Schlumberger, sheds light onto the designer’s creative process through drawings, photographs, personal belongings, and other items, many never before publicly displayed.