The Dazzling New MFA Jewelry Exhibit
The first, and frankly easiest observation to make about the new Jewels, Gems and Treasures: Ancient to Modern exhibition that opened last week at the Museum of Fine Arts is that yes, it is small. Roughly 75 pieces, nestled away in the new Rita J. and Stanley H. Kaplan Family Foundation Gallery, range from Nubian shells and tusks dating as early as 2400 B.C. to a 1990’s Harry Winston masquerade mask glittering with diamonds, rubies, and sapphires in an American flag motif. But while the vast amount of time represented by relatively few treasures means that no complete picture emerges of any one era, the impact lies not in the collection but in the tiny details.