Exhibit highlights unique NM jewelry

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ALBUQUERQUE, NM.

— The 2,000-year history of jewelry in New Mexico incorporates everything from bottle caps to diamonds. Some of the most important American designers and makers of contemporary jewelry live and work here. But they remain unknown locally. Opening on Saturday, June 2, the Albuquerque Museum’s “American Jewelry from New Mexico” exhibition tells these cross-cultural stories of tradition and innovation reaching well beyond the state’s mythological tri-cultural stereotype. The cross currents of blended styles ripple throughout the exhibit. “This idea of New Mexico being a hub of jewelry making is a fact for at least 2,000 years,” curator Andrew Connors said “We decided to focus on stories that pushed the most buttons in terms of innovation. “As far as I know, every culture uses ornamentation.” A stone effigy pendant of mating dragonflies with folded wings practically screams contemporary in . More