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The Maryland Center for History and Culture collection includes over 800 pieces of jewelry for women and men, including a King Charles I commemorative ring of 1649 worn by a Maryland Catholic in the 17th century, mourning jewelry, and remarkable pieces owned by Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte.


Visit our Digital Collections to view a sampling of materials from the Jewelry Collection.

Images: Bracelet of braided woven tubes of hair, pendant, and gold clasp from the Bonaparte collection, by an unknown maker, c.1800, xx.5.318; Charles I mourning ring (inset), by an unknown maker, 1649, 1945.61.1.

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Since 1844, we have collected, preserved, and interpreted Maryland's diverse history, art, and culture. Visit and see it at the Maryland Center for History and Culture.

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