THE ART OF JEWELRY: While examining the changing role of women in the history of jewelry, one of the most comprehensive looks at early 20th century art jewelry is on view at The Driehaus Museum with the “Maker & Muse” exhibit. Featuring more than 250 works of art jewelry from the Victorian Era to the First World War, the exhibit focuses on pieces that were either inspired by women or made by women. “There’s fabulous jewelry and so much of it,” said Elyse Zorn Karlin, a jewelry historian and guest curator of the exhibit. “You don’t usually see this many pieces from this era at one time. The way we approached the jewelry is what was the role of women in the jewelry? It was very unique. In some cases like Great Britain and Chicago, women actually made the jewelry. Jewelry was not a field that women were allowed to do, but toward the end of the 19th century, it became acceptable.” The exhibit, on display through Jan. 3, 2016, is divided into five galleries: British Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Jugenstil and Chicago Arts and Crafts. Standout pieces include designs by René Lalique, enameled and gemstone styles by Tiffany and geometric pieces by Weiner Werkstätte. “It’s pretty dazzling; there are some really gorgeous pieces,” said Zorn Karlin. “In the five galleries, you really see the differences in styles between the countries, from the U.S., England, France, Germany and Austria.”

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