The career of jewelry designer Joel Arthur Rosenthal, better known by the initials JAR, has spanned decades and resulted in the creation of thousands of pieces of jewelry donned by women worldwide.  

However, no matter how long or storied one’s career is, there’s always room for another first, and the Paris-based designed experienced two this week.

On Wednesday, more than 400 JAR pieces went on display at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. It is the first U.S. retrospective of JAR pieces and the first retrospective at the Met dedicated to a contemporary jewelry designer.

Click through this slideshow to see photos from an event marking the start of the JAR exhibition at the Met as well as other happenings, including the opening of Borsheims’ second store in Nebraska as well as a charity event runway show in Florida.

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