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Ramona Solberg came up with the idea for these brooches when her local bead society had a bazaar, and she chose to combine them with metal rather than string them conventionally. These pieces recall the fibulae that the ancient Celts used to fasten cloaks around their shoulders.

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"Jewelry should communicate warmth and kinship. It succeeds best when it connects with people." Artist quoted in Adornment Newsletter, Fall 2001

Credit: Gift of Lloyd E. Herman, founding director and director emeritus of the Renwick Gallery (1971−1986) ...
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Ca. 1985
Sterling silver, cinnabar, wood, glass
12.7 x 5.1 x 2.5 cm
Image and text: Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2023