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Reflections of St. Mary's Necklace

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.

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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; 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

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Jewelry of Ideas: Gifts from the Susan Grant Lewin Collection.

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