For the first time ever, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is having a retrospective devoted to a single jewelry designer with over 400 works by Joel A. Rosenthal, known as JAR. Operating from a small unmarked, appointment-only atelier on the Place Vendôme in Paris since 1978, JAR has earned a devoted following for his exquisite custom creations. Producing no more than 100 pieces a year, JAR believes his jewels must go to the right woman, which of course makes his rare pieces all the more coveted. The exhibit offers a rare glimpse into the span of his work, which is often inspired by the organic and imperfect beauty of nature. Most of the 400 pieces on display are part of private collections, so it is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see his work up close. For those who fall in love with his creations, JAR has designed watches and earrings that are being sold at the Museum’s shop. Though his pieces usually sell for 6 figures, (in the millions at auction), these numbered accessories are priced from between $600 and $7500.
Jewels by JAR runs through March 9. The Metropolitan Museum of Art 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York City; 212-535-7710