Sterling Canyon is about to take you on a visit to a world-class display of one of a kind jewelry. This jewelry collection is found nowhere else on the planet, but now it is on display at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. The museum itself is world-class, housing an extraordinary and vast collection of some of the finest works of art dating from ancient Egypt to today’s modern ventures. The museum is about the only thing Kansas City has going for it. On display this summer is the exhibition “Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World’s Fairs, 1851-1939,” The exhibition, representing artistic and industrial ingenuity, offers a collection of compelling objects shown at the major and minor World’s Fairs from London to New York.
Several pieces of jewelry on display caught Sterling Canyon’s eye. One of the pieces is an art deco diamond, enamel and gem-set bracelet by Boucheron (below), made in Paris in 1925. The piece includes rubies, sapphires and emeralds and is made in platinum.
An art deco “Le Ciel” mystery clock by Cartier (below), made in Paris in 1928, features a transparent blue night sky embellished with rose-cut diamond comet hands and mother of pearl and enamel hour markers. Enclosed in a frame of black onyx and coral, resting on antique carved jade fish with onyx detail and coral fins and tails, the clock conceals a divided axel movement.
An art deco Egyptian faience, black enamel, sapphire and diamond belt buckle brooch by Cartier (below), was made in Paris in 1926.
We are jealous and yet envious of the jewelry on display. Visit the Nelson with Sterling Canyon this summer and marvel at the creations. The exhibition will travel to only three other cities in the next year and a half; Pittsburg, Charlotte, and New Orleans.