Newark Museum’s Lore Ross Jewelry Gallery Features New Installation

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The Newark Museum's Lore Ross Jewelry Gallery, newly redesigned and reinstalled, will showcase jewelry across seven centuries.

Marcus & Co. New York; The Rehan Jewel, ca. 1900; Enamel, gold; Purchase 2013. Helen McMahon Brady Cutting Fund

Whether they are made of natural materials or are marvels of human invention and skill, jewelry has adorned the human body since prehistoric times. The Newark Museum has been collecting jewelry since 1911, and has one of the most comprehensive holdings in the country.

Beginning June 27, The Lore Ross Jewelry Gallery, newly redesigned and reinstalled, will showcase jewelry across seven centuries in an exhibition titled Jewelry, from Pearls to Platinum to Plastic. The focus of the new installation is the wide array of materials, both costly and inexpensive, that have been used over the centuries to create things of beauty for personal adornment.

For the first time, the gallery will feature an interactive component that allows visitors to learn more about the individual pieces in the exhibition through text and video, or to zoom in for more detail.

In honor of the opening of the newly installed Gallery, the Museum will host a day-long celebration featuring jewelry experts. Jewelry Discovery Day, Buried Treasure? will take place on June 27 from 10:30 am to 4 pm. It will include a conversation with the Museum’s Chief Curator and Curator of Decorative Arts Ulysses Grant Dietz, who managed the reinstallation. Dietz will speak on The Stories Behind the Stones: Collecting Jewelry for an Art Museum from 10:30 am to noon. From 1:30-3 pm, Sarah Churgin, Director of the Jewelry Department at Rago Arts and Auction Center and a jewelry appraiser on the PBS series Antiques Roadshow, will be conducting jewelry appraisals. Selected pieces will be shared with the audience.

Tickets to Jewelry Discovery Day are $25 for members and $35 for non-members. To pre-register, call 973.596.6613 or visit Tickets are not required to view the Gallery installation.

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The Newark Museum is located at 49 Washington Street in the heart of the Downtown/Arts District of Newark, New Jersey, between the Rutgers Newark Campus and NJPAC. The Newark Museum is 10 miles west of New York City and easily accessible by NJ Transit and PATH. The Museum is open all year round: Wednesdays through Sundays, from Noon – 5:00 p.m. Suggested Museum admission: Adults, $12.00; Children, Seniors and Students with valid I.D., $7.00. Newark Residents and Members are admitted free. The Museum Café is open for lunches Wednesday through Sunday. Convenient parking is available for a fee. The Newark Museum campus, including its collections, facilities, and other resources, is accessible to accommodate the broadest audience possible, including individuals utilizing wheelchairs, with physical impairments, other disabilities, or special needs. For general information, call 973-596-6550 or visit our web site,

Newark Museum, a not-for-profit museum of art, science and education, receives operating support from the City of Newark, the State of New Jersey, the New Jersey Council on the Arts/Department of State — a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, the New Jersey Cultural Trust, the Prudential Foundation, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Victoria Foundation, the Wallace Foundation and other corporations, foundations and individuals. Funds for acquisitions and activities other than operations are provided by members and other contributors.

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