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July 13, 2011

Boston: Gems and Jewels at the Museum of Fine Arts

By Departures Dispatch | Arts + Culture

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The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston will have a glamorous opening July 19, when the ribbon will be cut at the Rita J. and Stanley H. Kaplan Family Foundation Gallery, one of few in the U.S. dedicated solely to jewelry. The inaugural exhibit, called "Jewels, Gems and Treasures," is a collection of 75 decorative objects from ancient times to the present, from a 24th-century BC Nubian conch shell amulet to a Verdura enameled cuff bracelet adorned with jeweled Maltese crosses that belonged to Coco Chanel. Other highlights include Mary Todd Lincoln's diamond brooch and matching earrings, cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post's platinum and diamond brooch with a 60-carat Mughal emerald at its center, and the Balletta Bulldog, made with gold, silver, agate, diamonds and rubies, by Peter Carl Fabergé. Side note: While you're there, be sure to visit the Dale Chihuly blown-glass exhibit before it closes on August 7. Admission is $22; 465 Huntingdon Ave.; 617-267-9300; mfa.org.

Photo © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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