The Jewelry Collection of the Museum of Beadwork is made up of a wide array of necklaces, earrings, rings, and bracelets as well as other more artistic pieces which push the boundaries of ornamentation. We select items which represent cultures and people from around the globe, choosing artistically significant and unique examples from prehistory into the present.
Historically, Jewelry has been used to signify class, rank, cast, gender, wealth, power, and a myriad of other social indicators. Jewelry can be used to inform others about identity through personal presentation without verbal communication. Contemporary artists are continuing to develop new forms of beaded jewelry which push the boundaries of functionality and personal expression.
Butterfly Kisses by Cynthia Rutledge