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Jewelry at Historic New England

1930_177_179_home1Historic New England is home to one of the largest collections of jewelry with American provenance.  For the past one hundred years through bequests, gifts, and accessions, the collection has grown to include over 2,500 pieces of personal adornment.

The collection is diverse in forms and materials and represents the variety of jewelry fashions that were popular with New Englanders over the past three centuries. It also reflects the rich history of jewelry making in New England beginning with individual goldsmiths in the 18th century and ending with the large costume jewelry companies of the 20th century.

Complementing the jewelry collection are many objects, portraits, photographs and ephemera from Historic New England’s fine and decorative art collection and library and archives. These related items help to give a deeper and better understanding of the history of jewelry in New England.

All objects featured in this online exhibition are from Historic New England’s collection. To begin your journey through the collection, please click on one of the links below. Contact us with questions about the collection or a particular object.

This exhibition was made possible through the generous support of the Tiffany & Co. Foundation.

 

The following links provide additional information about the collection and the history of jewelry.

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Jewelry at Historic New England