The newest exhibit at The Walters is Bedazzled, and we were able to get a sneak peek at what all the buzz is about and we have to say – this exhibit is totally worth the hype!
Let’s face it – girls love all things shiny, sparkling, and bling-y, and this exhibit brings you some of the best the world has ever seen. Not only were there beautiful pieces, but you were able to see just how jewelry has transformed itself in look and purpose over thousands of years. For example, diamonds weren’t always “a girl’s best friend.” In fact, the diamond was one of the rarest used gems in ancient times. Instead, you will see how ancient jewelers used gold, coral, and a variety of colored gems to create masterpieces of design. Plus you will learn how jewelry was way more than just a fashion statement, as its use was pivotal in ceremonies of life, love, and death. The exhibit also left us in awe at the sheer detail ancient artists were able to put on the tiniest pieces of jewelry, all by hand. The exhibit ends with The Walters letting you in on a little art collecting secret of how to tell a real piece of jewelry from a fake.
But, besides all the historical lessons you will learn from this exhibit, you will get to see some of the flat out most beautiful pieces of jewelry you’ve ever seen! We’re talking shiny, sparkly, gilded, painted, and just plain bedazzling! Imagine seeing a large iris brooch covered in sapphires, emeralds, and diamonds. Or how about a vintage Tiffany & Co diamond necklace whose shine hurts your eyes. Then there’s a headdress covered in pearls, emeralds, and feathers, which was worn by a Chinese empress. And don’t forget our personal favorite – the diamond case – that holds several rings that showcase how truly beautiful diamonds can be in ring form when paired with other gems. Trust us – these pieces are truly stunning.
Overall, this exhibit was one of our favorite The Walter’s has ever had on display. We know we’ve already seen it once, but we can’t wait to go back and take another look!