Traveling to see the world’s finest jewelry collections is a great way to view world-renowned pieces during your vacation. Whether you are in Paris or Boston, there are several museums with jewelry collections that will educate, entertain and inspire the traveling jewelry lover.
For nearly two centuries, The Louvre in Paris, France, has housed an impressive collection ranging from crown jewels to bracelets. Collection highlights include “Bracelets of Duchess of Angouleme,” a 19th century pair of bracelets with 24 rubies, 451 diamonds and 60-dutch rose cut diamonds, and the 140.64-carat “Regent Diamond,” which was originally discovered in India in 1698. The Empress Marie-Louise’s necklace and earrings are also on display. The pieces were a gift from her husband Napoleon on their wedding day.
In 2011, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston opened the country’s first gallery solely dedicated to jewelry. The 11,000 piece collection includes a Tiffany & Co. diamond necklace that was gift from Samuel Colt to his with Elizabeth on their wedding day, a 19th century “Tiger Claw Necklace” from India, a suite of gold and silver pieces that belonged to Mary Todd Lincoln and a 1920’s brooch from the collection of cereal heiress Marjorie Meriwether Post.
The World Jewelry Museum is one of the top cultural attractions in Seoul, Korea. The collection was acquired over 30 years and over 3,000 pieces. Museum attractions include a 50 million year-old “Amber Wall,” a necklace hall, and extensive gemstone, bed and ivory collections.