One of the largest collections of designer jewelry is on its way to the south of Florida, finally resting in St. Petersburg for a two-part exhibition. Starting December 15th, the local Museum of Fine Arts will be celebrating the life and artistic triumphs of Tiffany & Co. head designer Jean Schlumberger.
The beginning of the show, “Jewels of the Imagination,” will feature a Schlumberger collection donated by socialite and philanthropist Rachel “Bunny” Mellon. Over 135 jewels and objects will be included in the initial exhibition. Following her death in 2014, Mellon initially bequeathed her collection to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and this recent show in Florida will be the first time in a long while that the pieces have traveled.
The second collection, “Drawn to Beauty,” will feature sketches denoting the creative process that Schlumberger implemented to make his most famed pieces. Both collections will run until March 15th, and more information on them can be found on the MFA St. Petersburg website.