You can find the stunning Art Nouveau glass creations of Louis Comfort Tiffany in museums all over the world. But his skills extended far beyond glass. He was a talented painter, globetrotter, and a superb jewelry designer.
Inspiration for his works came from nature and the cultures he explored on his world travels. Everywhere he visited, he collected artwork and merged their styles and techniques into his own creations. He was a man after our own heart.
This Arts & Crafts Lapis Lazuli Necklace was adapted by the Metropolitan Museum of Art from Louis Comfort Tiffany’s own collection. This elegant piece showcases Tiffany’s flair for unique design and the deep blue of the lapis appealed to Tiffany’s love of bold color. The fine metal work of the setting is reminiscent of Etruscan jewelry that Tiffany would have seen and collected during his travels through Tuscany. His ability to combine fine workmanship and exotic materials transformed American culture and his art challenged our culture’s ideas of beauty.