Contact: Michele Money
727.822.3693, Ext. 265


Organized by the Museum of Arts and Sciences, Daytona Beach January 21- June 5, 2005

St. Petersburg, FL (December 16, 2005) Florida International Museum (FIM) is excited to present A Century of Jewelry & Gems 1785-1885: The Collection of Nancy and Gilbert Levine , January 21 through June 5, 2005. “This exhibit showcases 300 extraordinary pieces of late 18 th and 19 th century jewelry that in style, exuberance and quality, reflect the major aesthetic trends of the period,” said Cynthia Duval, FIM Curator. “Included are gold necklaces, brooches and bracelets, sets with turquoises and corals, malachite and garnets; diamond and emerald pendants, pearls, translucent enamels and exquisitely carved cameos.”

The myriad designs illustrate how jewelry of the period was used to express social status, love and even remembrance and grief. Nancy and Gilbert Levine amassed this unique collection over four decades of extensive European travel. Fascinated by the diverse artistry, technique and history they discovered, they carefully grouped their finds by period and type. The glowing result is an exhibition that includes jewelry of the English Gentry, gold filigree work, William IV jewelry, stunning jewelry from the Bourbon Restoration, early and late Victorian jewelry with all its glamorous international influences, Revivalist jewelry, French Second Empire jewelry, Italian micro-mosaics, Souvenir jewelry from the Grand Tours of the rich and famous, evening glitter, and jewelry with Religious Symbolism.

“Too often the 19 th century is not fully appreciated for its consistent creative genius and sources of inspiration, both of which are solidly reflected in the decorative arts and especially in the jewelry of the period,” says Kathy Oathout, FIM Executive Director. “The Levine Collection celebrates brilliance and ingenuity in a unique and romantic collection of great clarity and quality.”

The media is invited to Florida International Museum for a preview Thursday, January 20, 2005 from 10:00 AM to Noon.

General admission for all museum exhibits is $10 for adults: seniors (65+) $8; Students 6-18/College $5; under age 6, free. Groups of ten or more will receive a special discounted admission price of $5 per person. The museum is open Monday – Saturday 10 am – 5 pm; Sunday 12 pm – 5 pm, with the last tour (and doors closing) at 4 pm daily.

For more information please contact Michele Money, Marketing Director, at 727-822-3693, ext. 265. To learn more about Florida International Museum visit .

The Florida International Museum is a non-profit educational institution supported, in part, by the Florida Arts Council, State of Florida, Division of Cultural Affairs, St. Petersburg/Clearwater Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, Pinellas County and the City of St. Petersburg. Other major sponsors include Ernst & Young, the Institute of Museum & Library Services, Progress Energy, Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club, and the St. Petersburg Times.