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LAPIS Necklace

This is a necklace. It was designed by Ruudt Peters. We acquired it in 2016. Its medium is ground jade mixed and cast with acrylic resin, gold. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Few jewelers are as profoundly involved with the mystical aspects of jewelry as Peters. His Lapis pendant was inspired by the alchemical search in the Middle Ages for the “philosophers’ stone,” a legendary material that could not only change base metals into silver and gold but be taken as a rejuvenating elixir.

This object was donated by Susan Lewin.

  • Base
  • jade with hardstone base.
  • 1912-15-2-a,b

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LAPIS Necklace; Designed by Ruudt Peters (Dutch, b. 1950); ground jade mixed and cast with acrylic resin, gold; 2016-34-90

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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