The nine pathways of Vicenza’s jewelry museum

Feb 12, 2015 852

Bracelet, ring, necklace, earring, jewel, gem, pearl... these are the protagonists of some beautiful tales in Vicenza's Jewelry Museum. The word "jewel" itself has an interesting story to tell: some say it comes from the Latin 'gaudium', joy, others 'iocus', jest... two equally promising etymologies with a beautiful happy ending.

The curators of the refined museum located inside the wonderful Palladian Basilica – jewels inside a jewel, one might say – have pinpointed nine different pathways leading to the discovery of every precious item that might be called a jewel. They have labeled them: symbol, magic, function, beauty, art, fashion, design, icon, and future.

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