The Lower End of Splendor: Middle Class Jewelry in Context

Thursday, June 4, 2015
6 p.m.

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For most of human history, jewelry had been the province of aristocracy; a symbol of elite status and wealth. With industrialization, fine jewelry not only became accessible to a vast middle-class market, it became a necessity. Discover the fascinating story of how jewelry became a potent means of expressing a woman’s unique personality. Using jewelry produced in New Jersey factories, as well as masterpieces from the Newark Museum’s collections, Mr. Dietz will show the differences, and the similarities, between the upper and lower reaches of splendor. Ticket includes Museum admission.

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