Special exhibition presents over 100 decorative art objects crafted from nature's finest materials, like jade, malachite, onyx, rock crystal, and more.

For centuries, nature's most enduring materials, like malachite, jade, amethyst, and lapis lazuli, have been carved, polished, and mounted into beautiful works of art. Hillwood founder Marjorie Merriweather Post was known for the incredible gems and jewelry that signaled her unparalleled taste, but the hardstone objects that make up a less well-known area of her connoisseurship are equally impressive and exquisite.

"Marjorie Post was a renowned collector, known for her keen eye and love of beautiful and finely crafted objects," explained Executive Director Kate Markert. "Her passion for hardstone developed at a young age and continued throughout her life, culminating in this unique assembly of treasures from around the world." Established as a serious New York collector in the late 1910s, Marjorie Post discovered Chinese jades, semi-precious stones in Western European decorative arts, and Russian lapidary works, before commissioning such pieces for her homes and personal use. Presenting a selection of intricately detailed pieces from Hillwood and borrowed from other collections, Natural Beauties is the first exhibition at Hillwood to trace the use of these gems and minerals, focusing on the remarkable collection of resulting objects.

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