Artist Salvador Dalí added surrealist details to all of his fine jewelry creations. For instance, this starfish has branches inexplicably sprouting from the body and includes two butterfly pins that were conceived as part of the design. The flexibility of the starfish’s arms allowed the original owner, philanthropist and ballet lover Rebekah Harkness, to wear it on top of her shoulder with the limbs draping down her body. The piece will be on display in the special exhibition Beautiful Creatures, opening in the Melissa and Keith Meister Gallery, a new temporary exhibition space in the Allison and Roberto Mignone Halls of Gems and Minerals.
Jake Armour, Armour Photography