By Brecken Branstrator
These opal rings from Katherine Jetter will be featured at Aaron Faber Gallery’s “Phenomenal Jewelry” exhibition, which opens next week in New York.

New York--Though a beautiful gemstone is special enough, there’s something about a phenomenal stone that can captivate, and one New York City gallery seeks to celebrate that.

On Tuesday (March 29), the Aaron Faber Gallery on Fifth Avenue in New York will open “Phenomenal Jewelry” as its spring exhibition, exploring how 21 jewelry artists have embraced “the unique waltz of color and light shown by phenomenal gemstones” in a piece of jewelry.

Participating brands and designers include Alishan, Petra Class, Paula Crevoshay, Katherine Jetter, Omi Prive, Claudio Pino and Peter Schmid for Atelier Zobel, among many others, using such stones as moonstones, opals, pearls, star sapphires and alexandrite.

The exhibition will run through April 23. For more information, visit the event’s web page or call the Aaron Faber Gallery at 212-586-8411.

“The class of gems titled ‘phenomenal’ happen to be favorites of many of the artist-jewelers making original work today in their studios,” said gallery co-owner Patricia Faber. “These phenomenal gems exhibit unique optical properties, from iridescence to stars to changing lights akin to the Aurora Borealis. We wonder if our ancestors considered them magical as we’re still today drawn to them for their cosmic metaphorical power, suggesting moonlight and sun, rainbows and stars, shifting colors and play of light. The Phenomenal Jewelry exhibition will explore these possibilities through the eyes of the participating jewelry artists.”

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