Carnegie exhibition features nature-inspired jewelryPublished Mar 29, 2013 at 12:35 pm (Updated Mar 29, 2013 at 12:35 pm)
Isis (orchid): Tsavorite garnet, yellow sapphire, pink sapphire and diamond brooch/wrist cuff.
Photos by Chris Chavez
Midnight Seduction (ladyslipper orchid): Sapphire, blue zircon, black diamond, coral and abalone pearl pendant.
Octavian: Opal, white gold, blackened chodium, black diamond and black spinel brooch.
Just in time for our landscape to burst with pops of color in the form of bright green grass, yellow daffodils, white tree blossoms and multi-colored tulips, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s latest exhibition, “Garden of Light: Works by Paula Crevoshay” opens April 13, and runs through Aug. 11.
Crevoshay, a jewelry designer with more than three decades of experience, is inspired from nature, and the beautiful and colorful pieces represent her love of Mother Earth. Her pieces, constructed from natural materials, include wearable botanicals and insects in bold colors. More than 60 of them will be on display in the Museum’s Wertz Gallery: Gems & Jewelry, which is part of the Hillman Hall of Minerals and Gems. The jewels are juxtaposed with the museum’s collection of minerals, as well as its insects in an exhibition that aims to bring together the “three kingdoms of the garden:” floral, mineral, and animal – and it succeeds.
“It’s in our nature to mimic nature,” Crevoshay said. “As an artist, I mirror back to nature that which it inspires in me, which in turn strikes a chord in my viewers.”
Visitors will be able to see natural mineral specimens that depict the transformation from mineral to completed pieces of jewelry, exhibits of ecosystems featuring pieces that “reflect biodiversity and important relationships between plants, insects and the elements,” and the materials from which the jewelry are constructed, including gold, sapphire and extremely rare conch pearls.
Crevoshay’s baubles have been worn by many celebrities, and have been featured in numerous high-fashion magazines, including W and Harper’s Bazaar.
For more information, call 412-622-3131 or visit carnegiemnh.org.