This Beauty is Liable to Be Dangerous…


Moss is pleased to announce a new project, A CASE STUDY IN CONTEMPORARY JEWELRY, created in collaboration with Gallery Loupe, a leading specialist gallery for Contemporary Studio Jewelry, established in 2006.

Culling the experience and on-going research and passion and knowledge that Gallery Loupe owner Patti Bleicher brings to the field of contemporary jewelry, A CASE STUDY IN CONTEMPORARY JEWELRY will occupy a designated vitrine at MOSS, and feature a series of highly curated exhibitions of unique works in studio jewelry. Each exhibition will feature work by a single international artist – in some cases established, in other cases still undiscovered. The exhibitions, with an agenda to feature 10 -12 pieces, will change approximately every eight weeks. Work will be shown in a spectrum of prices, beginning at $400.

It is our hope that each small, very considered exhibition will, over time, establish this project as an important venue for surveying the evolution of contemporary jewelry.

The first artist to be presented by A CASE STUDY IN CONTEMPORARY JEWELRY is Israeli artist Esther Knobel. Featured will be brooches executed in gorgeous enamels on electroformed copper. 


Born is Poland in 1949, Ms. Knobel emigrated with her family to Israel in 1950. Having received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem, Knobel went on to receive her Master of Fine Arts degree from The Royal College of Art, London. The recipient of numerous awards, including the Alix de Rothschild Foundation Prize for Jewelry Design (Israel, 1986) and the Andrea Bronfman Prize for the Arts(Israel, 2007), the artist’s work is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, the Museum of Arts and Design, New York and the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, among others. Ms. Knobel currently lives and works in Jerusalem.

Esther Knobel’s work has been shown internationally in numerous solo, joint, and group exhibitions, and received much acclaim due to its content, use of materials, and processes, which have always been highly idiosyncratic. The pieces featured in our first exhibition of her work at Moss are from several of Knobel’s evolving collections of jewelry, including Fossils, Magnets, Hoya Leaves and Pests, and Fruits of the Sea.


About Fruits of the Sea, Knobel writes in her book, The Mind in the Hand:

“From the depths of the sea, pearls were removed. They are whitish and innocent. But clinging relentlessly to the end of the festive chain are the fruits of the sea: claws, hooks, and stingers. Stubborn, shiny, blood-red, like a flower from the depths, like a candy apple. They issue a warning: This beauty is liable to be dangerous.”

Esther Knobel’s work will be on view March 3rd through April 30th.


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