Beyond Brilliance

Jewelry Highlights from the Collection

Celebrating the universality of body adornment throughout the ages and across cultures, this newly renovated gallery presents highlights from the MFA’s renowned jewelry collection. From ancient artifacts to fine jewelry to designs made by contemporary artists, the presentation connects objects that span 4,000 years by exploring how jewelry can communicate strong messages about its wearer and exemplify the art and culture of its time.

More than 150 objects are on display, including an ancient Egyptian broad collar necklace; 19th-century works by Castellani and Carlo Giuliano; 20th-century designs by Marcus & Co., Tiffany & Co., and Bulgari; René Boivin’s starfish brooch from 1937; and fashion jewelry by Chanel, Dior, and Elsa Peretti. New acquisitions of contemporary jewelry by Christian and Yasmin Hemmerle, Wallace Chan, Anna Hu, and Feng J are also featured.

Championing the breadth and depth of the MFA’s collection, “Beyond Brilliance: Jewelry Highlights from the Collection” features both humble and exquisite objects that together illustrate the timeless human desire to self-fashion, collect, and create.

  • Rita J. and Stanley H. Kaplan Family Foundation Gallery (Gallery 104)

MFA Mobile

A gold brooch in the shape of a starfish with many purple gems on it

Download MFA Mobile on Bloomberg Connects to hear curators and artists explore the stories behind select objects in the gallery, from ancient artifacts to contemporary jewelry. The audio tour includes text transcripts and detailed audio descriptions of the featured artworks for visitors who are blind or have low vision. Access the tour from home or bring your ear buds or headphones for the full in-gallery experience.

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The Nando and Elsa Peretti Foundation

Generously supported by the Nando and Elsa Peretti Foundation, and the David and Roberta Logie Fund for Textile and Fashion Arts.