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Forbes Galleries Exhibit Explores Jewelry in the SpaceAge

Iconic Jewelry on Display Through September

May 13, 2013 5:30 PM   By Jeff Miller
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RAPAPORT... John Nels Hatleberg will speak at the Forbes Galleries in Manhattan on June 5 at 4 p.m. about “Using Unusual Materials in Art Jewelry” as part of the exhibition titled “Out of this World! Jewelry in the SpaceAge.” The exhibit continues  until September 7 and explores science and space within the context of jewelry making.

The exhibit was curated by Elyse Zorn Karlin, the co-director of The Association for the Study of Jewelry and Related Arts.  Out of this World! Jewelry in the Space Age will feature pieces from more than 75 designers and collectors.hatleberg

Three of Hatleberg's  works will be available for viewing including “The Kitchen Sink Ring,” which is set with pallasites—peridot  found in meteorites, “The Flower Painting,” which is set with moldavite, an unusual form of tektite (glass formed when a meteor hits the earth due to extreme heat) and “The Meteorite Mirror,” a highly polished slab of Gibeon meteorite.

Hatleberg is a New York-based conceptual gem artist and is also an authority on creating exact replicas of famous diamonds.

The exhibit showcases vintage memorabilia and art objects relating to space. Jewelry with space motifs from the Georgian period through contemporary work, as well as jewelry made from materials that come from outer space, such as will be displayed. One  highlight is Van Cleef and Arpels’ Tampa Necklace, featuring detachable space-themed component parts, from a private collection. Additionally, the Lunar Landing Pendant by Van Cleef and Arpels will be on view, which was made to commemorate the first walk in space. Sputnik, Halley’s Comet, moon, star and planet-themed jewelry will also be seen, with abundant examples in both fine and costume jewelry.

The inclusion of an 18-karat gold Lunar Landing Module replica created by Cartier, designed to celebrate the first walk by man on the moon, is another item at the exhibit as well as the late Ed White II’s West Point ring that was worn in space, which will be donated to West Point after the exhibition ends.

Other items include Donald Claflin’s Man in the Moon Clip Earrings for Tiffany & Co., which once belonged to Gloria Vanderbilt, as well as Bjorn Weckstrom’s “Princess Leia Necklace,” so named because actress Carrie Fisher wore the same one in the awards ceremony scene in the Star Wars Espisode IV: A New Hope. 

Lily Koppel will speak on June 17 about her upcoming book  “The Astronaut’s Wives Club” and this will follow with a book signing.  Both presentations are free but a reservation is required by telephoning 914.286.7685. There is no admission charge. The Forbes Galleries is located at 60 Fifth Avenue at 12th Street.

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