Jewelry Inspired by Cabinets of Curiosity

The term "cabinet of curiosities" describes a collection of items, usually natural history-type objects (anything from biology, geology, ethnography, archaeology, religious or historical relics, works of art, etc). This concept emerged in the 16th century and is what many consider to be the precursor to museums. Collections may be housed in furniture, or occupy entire rooms, and would be filled with items and objects that were uncommon to most people (hence, a curiosity). The Metals Collective presents "Cabinet of Curiosities," on view now through August 31st at the Jewel Box, 644 Congress Street, Portland, Maine. From the time I was just a child, I have spent countless hours pondering the m


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