Charms From Charm City

In addition to its role as ornament, jewelry serves as a vessel for emotional sentiment and material value. These three roles are perfectly encapsulated in charms, modular jewelry objects often composed of precious metals and representative of significant experiences. Hailing From Baltimore, dubbed “Charm City” in 1975, and featuring work by instructors, staff, and residents at the Baltimore Jewelry Center, “Charms From Charm City” uses the format of the charm as a framework for exploring the power of jewelry. Works in this exhibition investigate key aspects of our cultural relationship to jewelry: What connects ornament and value? How can one be so captivated by an object that they feel compelled to carry it with them on their body? What does it mean to be charmed?

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