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Reflections of St. Mary's Necklace, 1994

This is a Necklace. It was designed by Rachelle Thiewes. It is dated 1994 and we acquired it in 2016. Its medium is sterling silver, gold, carved slate. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Thiewes’s introduction to jewelry was the long, swaying rosaries of the nuns at the school she attended. This necklace suggests a rosary or a woman's chatelaine, with its long chain and pendant ring of free-swinging forms reminiscent of keys and tiny accessories.

This object was donated by Susan Lewin. It is credited The Susan Grant Lewin Collection, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.

Our curators have highlighted 3 objects that are related to this one.

  • Chatelaine (USA), ca. 1860
  • silver, gold wash, ivory, enamel, glass.
  • Gift of Mrs. Owen E. Robinson and Mrs. John B. Hendry in memory of Mrs. John....
  • 1993-68-46-a/k

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 73 × 8 × 1 cm (28 3/4 × 3 1/8 × 3/8 in.)

It has the following markings

On reverse of short silver element: stamped 'R. THIEWES'

Cite this object as

Reflections of St. Mary's Necklace, 1994; Designed by Rachelle Thiewes (American, b. 1952); sterling silver, gold, carved slate; H x W x D: 73 × 8 × 1 cm (28 3/4 × 3 1/8 × 3/8 in.); The Susan Grant Lewin Collection, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; 2016-34-109

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