The thing of mine I have loved the best: Meaningful Jewels

The exhibition consists of forty-six pieces of European jewelry – pendants, reliquaries, amulets, and talismans – from the eighth century to the eighteenth century. An Anglo-Saxon glass pendant, a Spanish “magic belt,” a Mexican lantern pendant (once adorned with New World feathers), and an Imperial Memento Mori Skull, these are just a few of the remarkable objects included. The engaging title “The thing of mine I have loved the best” comes from the medieval will of a English duchess who bequeaths a reliquary jewel to her son. It expresses the sentiment that jewels appealed (then, as well as now) to the truest and strongest emotions.