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Milton, Mass. – Mementos: Jewelry of Life and Love from Historic New England opens at the Eustis Estate Museum and Study Center on May 17, 2017.
The exhibition has more than one hundred pieces of jewelry along with complementary textiles, portraits, and photographs from Historic New England’s extensive collections. Together, these objects unlock the lid of New England’s jewelry box and tell tales of family history, industrial development, and artistic expression unique to the region.
Five thematic sections highlight jewelry’s unique role as a public display of personal history. The exhibition’s themes, Celebrate, Remember, Tour, Collect, and Create, feature wedding rings, souvenir cufflinks, jet earrings, opal brooches, and costume jewels that belonged to New England families from the eighteenth century to today. There is a silver coin bracelet that is a wearable family tree, wedding jewelry that explores the various meanings of “I do,” tokens from travel abroad, jewelry that memorializes loved ones, and items that showcase New England’s role in the production of American costume jewelry.
“Jewelry is special,” said Associate Curator Laura Johnson. “Most people think of it as a luxury, but it is an important part of how we remember important moments. These objects, like all of Historic New England’s collection, help us tell fascinating stories about life in New England.”
Mementos: Jewelry of Life and Love from Historic New England is on display from May 17, 2017, to January 7, 2018. The Eustis Estate Museum and Study Center is located at 1424 Canton Avenue, Milton, Mass. 02186. The house is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Wednesdays through Sundays, from May to October, and Fridays through Sundays, from November to April. Guided tours daily at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $8 for students and children. Admission is free for Historic New England members and Milton residents. For more information about the Eustis Estate, visit HistoricNewEngland.org.