Five hundred items of costume jewelry made in the United States from 1930 to the present day. From collection of Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, we see necklaces, bracelets, brooches and earrings made with non-precious materials, metal alloys and colored crystals, in some cases inspired by the styles and shapes of traditional jewerly, though more often unique and innovative creations.
A fantastical flora in miniature, incredible jelly-belly brooches with lucite-bodied animals and patriotic jewelry, all the way through to the contemporary: palm trees, Mexicans in the sun, ethnographics items, masks, ballerinas, and Christmas trees. As well as sumptuous jewelry designed for the cinema and authentic design objects from the 1960s to 2000.
The catalogue reveals the historical and social context which led to the development of costume jewelry, with illustrations and brief informative entries that show these objects became part of the history of the decorative arts in the United States in the twentieth century.
Turin, November 2010 - January 2011