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What I Want to See: Jewels by JAR at the Met

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There's a brand new exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art that I'm dying to see. It opened last Wednesday and shows off the work of jeweler Joel A. Rosenthal, who goes by JAR. His designs are contemporary, colorful and jaw-droppingly beautiful -- they are sculptures made of gems, with inspired shapes and flawless compositions. He makes a very limited number of pieces -- giving them a precious and exclusive feel, often purchased by private collectors, celebrities and the like. This is his first exhibition in the USA --although he was born in New York and went to school in Harvard, he moved to Paris soon after graduation and established his jewelry-making career there. Learn more about his exhibit here and see the photos below for examples of the wearable art he creates.

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Poppy brooch (1982), made of diamond, tourmalines and gold.

1 Poppy brooch (1982), made of diamond, tourmalines and gold.

Zebra brooch (1987), made of agate, diamonds, a sapphire, silver and gold.

2 Zebra brooch (1987), made of agate, diamonds, a sapphire, silver and gold.

Geranium brooch (2007), made with diamonds, aluminum, silver and gold.

3 Geranium brooch (2007), made with diamonds, aluminum, silver and gold.

Camellia brooch (2010), made of rubies, pink sapphires, diamonds, silver and gold.

4 Camellia brooch (2010), made of rubies, pink sapphires, diamonds, silver and gold.

Multicolored handkerchief earrings (2011), made of sapphires, demantoid and other garnets, zircons, tourmalines, emeralds, rubies, fire opals, spinels, beryls, diamonds, platinum, silver and gold.

5 Multicolored handkerchief earrings (2011), made of sapphires, demantoid and other garnets, zircons, tourmalines, emeralds, rubies, fire opals, spinels, beryls, diamonds, platinum, silver and gold.

Cameo and rose petal brooch (2011), made of rubies, diamonds, silver and gold.

6 Cameo and rose petal brooch (2011), made of rubies, diamonds, silver and gold.

Photos by Katharina Faerber and Jozsef Tari, courtesy of JAR, Paris.

 

Beautiful Porcelain from Middle Kingdom

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Fusing modern aesthetics with Chinese porcelain traditions, Middle Kingdom fires beautiful hand-painted pottery that truly embodies quality craftsmanship. I discovered their work at this year's NY Now show and was instantly enamored –– their ceramic and porcelain pieces cover a wide range of techniques and styles. Check out a few of my favorites from the collection below:

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This crisp porcelain bowls from the Scholars Series are embellished with delicate Koi fish.

1 This crisp porcelain bowls from the Scholars Series are embellished with delicate Koi fish.

The Scholar Collection includes a wide variety of hand done illustrations.

2 The Scholar Collection includes a wide variety of hand done illustrations.

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The Cold Mountain cups come in beautiful celadon, charcoal, and aventurine shades.

5 The Cold Mountain cups come in beautiful celadon, charcoal, and aventurine shades.

Look at the beautiful detail on these bowls. I love the signed edges.

6 Look at the beautiful detail on these bowls. I love the signed edges.

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This collaboration with Dutch designer Foekje Fleur van Duin was cast from real debris collected from riverbanks in Holland.

8 This collaboration with Dutch designer Foekje Fleur van Duin was cast from real debris collected from riverbanks in Holland.

Drinkable yogurt

9 Drinkable yogurt

Lotion bottles

10 Lotion bottles

Ribbed bottles. The insides are matte, but the interiors have a gloss finish.

11 Ribbed bottles. The insides are matte, but the interiors have a gloss finish.

Dish detergent

12 Dish detergent

Motor oil

13 Motor oil

Shop the Foekje Fleur van Duin collaboration at a discount right now on Fab.com.

Artist to Watch: Tommy Mitchell

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I discovered artist Tommy Mitchell's work while at the the NY Now Trade Show in August and to put it simply, I was floored. Mitchell takes tole, a technique for enameling and painting metal, to an entirely new level. In his studio in North Carolina, Mitchell sculpts copper and tin into intricate, realistic flower petals and paints or –– even better –– gilds them. As a flower enthusiast, I loved seeing different blooms delicately rendered in metal. True works of art, Mitchell's flowers are a stunning touch for any room and you never have to worry about watering them.

Take a look:

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A selection of gilded blooms, including hyacinth and primula.

1 A selection of gilded blooms, including hyacinth and primula.

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Lacquered side table.

6 Lacquered side table.

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