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Welcome to The Museum of Jewelry. Our unique, beautiful and exclusive collection is hand-made by master artists from historically inspired designs - shaped, detailed and embellished using the same age-old techniques as have goldsmiths and lapidaries through the ages. Every museum creation is an original work of art.

Historic Jewelry

Our Story

56 years ago, Shashi was a travel enthusiast and antique obsessed desk agent for Eastern Airlines. While on vacation in South America he fell in love with some pre-columbian jewelry. He brought the pieces home, set aside his favorites to start a collection and sold the rest at a small markup.

Two trips later he decided to focus on it full time. Thus was The Museum of Jewelry most humbly born.

About the Museum

1964: Artifacts and Antiques

In the early years, Shashi established Shashi Inc. and focused predominantly on antiques and artifacts. He made a living by searching the world over for jewelry and antiquities. Building a reputation as a renowned and prolific importer he built up collections of mummy beads (shown), Qing Dynasty tian-tsui, enamel, articulating fish and a sizable assortment of antique jewelry.

Artifacts and Antiques

1966: Shashi Inc

By the late 1960s Shashi was designing and manufacturing his own pieces. Shashi's first line was known for enamel worked into themes such as flowers, insects and abstract shapes echoed the flowing pieces of the art-nouveau era. He humbly attributes a series of Vogue covers featuring his designs to a fortuitous office location in New York.

Shashi Jewelry

1969: Laurel Inc.

Laurel Inc. represents Laurel Burch's first commercial line. In 1969 Laurel and Shashi partnered to produce plated-brass earrings from antique french molds. A few years later Laurel visited Shashi's workshop in China, and started crafting enamel designs.

Laurel's stylized handling of animals, insects, floral, Egyptian revival and lunar themes helped define the line.

Laurel Inc. Jewelry

1981: Facets Inc.

In the 1980s Shashi developed a thirst for gemstone encrusted jewelry. He traveled the world to source stones and played with a new and radical concept - fine jewelry at a fashion jewelry price point. Thus Facets was born.

Signatures of the line include use of hand-carved natural gemstones, hand-crafted settings which often make use of old work techniques (such as filigree accents, granulation and openwork) and gold-vermeil.

Facets Jewelry

1989: The Museum of Jewelry

While the aforementioned companies were wholesale entities, focused on business to business sales, Museum of Jewelry developed as our retail brand. From 1989 - 2001 we published and shipped millions upon millions of copies of our award winning catalog. Our jewelry graced movie-stars in titles such as The Mask, Indecent Proposal and The Fast and the Furious.

Museum of Jewelry

Present Day

As happens with fashion, our styles waned. Around the year 2005 we stopped sending out retail catalogs and scaled back operations. And as happens with fashion (especially with fashions that have endured for thousands of years) the styles came back.

In recent years we've expanded our line to include vintage Thousand Flowers Jewelry pieces, Cingano silver and BoneNE Artifacts. We are diligently working to get the thousands of designs in our warehouse online.

BoneNE Artifacts

And Beyond...

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