American Jewelry from New Mexico

purse ornament
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stone and shell pendant necklace
purse ornament
inlaid stone shell turquoise pendant

a major exhibition at Albuquerque Museum explores jewelry making from prehistory to the present

New Mexico has long been recognized for its exceptional jewelry, but the craft of jewelry making has roots in the area for much longer than it would even seem possible. The history of jewelry making in New Mexico (and the region long before it was called New Mexico) is explored in a major exhibition, American Jewelry from New Mexico, at Albuquerque Museum. The stunning collection includes over 300 objects representing all aspects of jewelry making and adornment from prehistory to the present. Some of the earliest pieces date to 430 CE, while many others are made by contemporary jewelry-makers whose names are easily recognized by aficionados.

One such jewelry-maker is Santa Fe resident Douglas Magnus, whose turquoise, silver, and gold works are featured in the exhibition. On Sunday, September 23 (2:00–3:00 PM), Magnus, who is also a mine owner, presents a lecture, The Tiffany Cerrillos Mine, about the significance of the mine from prehistoric time and its connection to Tiffany and Co.

American Jewelry from New Mexico runs through October 14, 2018. Admission to the museum is $3–$6 (free on certain days each month), with discounts for New Mexico residents.

Albuquerque Museum, 2000 Mountain NW, albuquerquemuseum.org