Although I'm not an avid jewelry collector by any means, I can't help but admire the beautiful pieces made by the well-known, but famously reclusive, Paris-based jewelry designer JAR. Called "the single greatest jeweler of our time" by Ellen Barkin, JAR, named for the designer Joel Arthur Rosenthal, has brought in astronomical sales at recent auctions, and his rare designs are almost exclusively custom. His work is fascinating and inventive, and I can see why his pieces are in such high demand –– they are undeniably beautiful, and less than 100 pieces are created each year.
Unfortunately, it's difficult to see JAR's jewels in person, since they are few and far between and are usually part of personal collections. That is why I'm so excited that the Metropolitan Museum of Art is hosting a retrospective of more than 300 of JAR's works. The exhibit is slated to open on November 20 of this year, and it will be the first major solo exhibition of his work in the U.S.
I am definitely bookmarking this exhibit –– I can't wait to see JAR's fabulous colors and intricately arranged gems in person.