PHILADELPHIA -- Think of Alexander Calder, and the first thing to come to mind probably would be the suspended abstract sculptures that silently orbit above the heads of museumgoers around the world.
Though best known for those enormous yet graceful creations his friend and fellow artist Marcel Duchamp coined as "mobiles," Calder also created approximately 1,800 one-of-a-kind pieces of handmade jewelry throughout his artistic career.
About 100 of those rarely seen necklaces, bracelets, brooches, earrings and tiaras are on display at the exhibit "Calder Jewelry" in the Philadelphia Museum of Art's new Perelman Building.
Most are owned by the Calder Foundation, and the rest are from museums and private owners.
"He was working with wire all his life," said Elisabeth Agro, the show's curator. "He first started making jewelry for his sister's dolls."