American Modernist Jewelry, 1940 - 1970

by Marbeth Schon

A beautiful full color book by Marbeth Schon, titled Form & Function, American Modernist Jewelry, 1940 - 1970, published by Schiffer, Ltd., accompanies two major exhibits of American modernist jewelry: one at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art in Fort Wayne, Indiana and the other at the School of Creative Arts at the University of St. Francis, also in Fort Wayne. 

The Fort Wayne Museum of Art's exhibit, American Modernist Jewelry, 1940 1970, runs from May 3rd  to August 24th , 2008.


Sam Kramer

Sash buckle with detachable brooch; sterling silver, patinated copper, jade, citrine; 6-1/4 high x 4 wide.

Collection of Ken Dukoff,, photograph by Paul J. Toussaint.

The exhibit at the University of St. Francis School of Creative Arts, The Modernist Movement and Beyond: The Works of Peter and Daniel Macchiarini / Earl and Tod Pardon ll, ran from May 2nd to May 30, 2008


These are the first major jewelry exhibits of their kind to show only modernist jewelry from such a broad group of artists.  Over fifty collectors and jewelers have consigned some of their most important examples of modernist jewelry and sculpture.