The very first curator of jewelry in an American museum was appointed in 2006 at The Boston Museum of Fine Art. On July 19, 2011 The MFA will open the Rita J. and Stanley H. Kaplan Family Foundation Gallery which will be a permanent display space for jewelry. They have an 11,000 piece collection that spans from ancient Egypt to modern times and includes some costume pieces, as well as fine jewelry, from all over the world.
Some pieces of interest include a brooch and earrings that belonged to Mary Todd Lincoln and a 1980’s bib costume jewelry necklace by Kenneth Jay Lane. They even have a Victorian brooch that is a taxidermy hummingbird!
Click on the bird to visit the MFA website!