If you love jewelry then you absolutely must see Jewels by JAR at the Met. With over 400 breathtaking, twinkling pieces by American Joel A. Rosenthal (he designs under the name JAR), trust us when we say, you’ve never seen pieces like JAR’s. Countless, show-stopping pairs of earings, necklaces and rings are made with spectacular diamonds and precious stones. JAR’s clever sense of humor is apparent with pieces like “Over The Moon“earings (above) and his jewel encrusted “Asparagus Spear Pins” (below).
A Harvard educated New Yorker, Rosenthal moved to Paris soon after his graduation in 1966 and began to experiment with creating jewelry. JAR opened in 1978 on the Place Vendôme—the same space he occupies today. His work is famous not just the unique designs he creates but also for the sheer quality of his stones. Many believe that Rosenthal’s one-of-a-kind pieces make him one of the greatest contemporary jewelers of all time.Jewels By JAR. The Metropolitan Museum Of Art. 1000 5th Avenue at 82nd Street. New York. 10028. Tel: 212 535 7710. Through March 9 2014.