‘The Language of Jewelry’ exhibit at The Henry B. Plant Museum in Tampa

By: Farrah Estrella

19th Century Brooch

The Henry B. Plant Museum in Tampa is hosting “The Language
of Jewelry” exhibit from March 8-October 8, 2013.

This new exhibit will explore the messages
imbedded in these tokens of love and loss, function and fashion as told in
gold, silver, hair, precious and semi-precious stones. 

Necklaces, rings,
watches, brooches, bracelets and more will narrate the cultural and economic
context in which jewelry was designed and displayed during the mid-19th through
early-20th centuries.

You can also learn the difference between
gems and gemstones, the romantic meaning of serpents and other elements from
nature, the intimate art of writing romantic messages with stones, the rise of
the diamond as the most valuable gem and the myriad symbolic nuances crafted
into each object. Find out how the California Gold Rush, discovery of the
Comstock Lode, and the Queen of England affected the jewelry industry.

There is also going to be rarely displayed
pieces from the Museum’s permanent collection including the Plant Family
jewelry that will be complemented by selections from other private collections.

For
more information visit the Museum’s website at www.PlantMuseum.com.

By Farrah Estrella

Farrah Estrella is an award winning Latina, plus size, fashion, beauty and lifestyle blogger. A native of the Dominican Republic, she was a previous writer for Examiner.com and has been the editor of the Estrella Fashion Report since 2012. Follow her on twitter at @FarrahEstrella and @EstrellaFReport

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