All Cleared Out – the Jewellery Museum Extends an Invitation The Votes Are Being Cast – Visitors Curating an Exhibition

Margit Jäschke


Schmuck Museum, Pforzheim



Open to the Public



All Cleared Out – the Jewellery Museum Extends an Invitation The Votes Are Being Cast – Visitors Curating an Exhibition

Schmuck Museum, Pforzheim

5 July through late September 2024 

Hand-picked – by Sam Tho Duong ​

The Secret of Luxury – the Wellendorff Manufactory and the Art of Jewellery-Making 

Concurrent with Ornamenta 2024 in Pforzheim and the Northern Black Forest, the Jewellery Museum will be staging three parallel exhibitions 

Under the motto of »all cleared out«: one put together by visitors, another featuring individual artistic positions, and a third presenting haute joaillerie creations.

In the Historical Collection room, visitor groups assembled by cooperation partners from educational and sociocultural institutions will have an opportunity to slip into the role of curators and compose an exhibition themselves;

In the Modern Collection area, the internationally esteemed jewellery artist Sam Tho Duong, who lives in Pforzheim, will be showcasing his own work in dialogue with pieces created by ten jewellery designer friends of his; the focus in the special exhibitions area will be on superlative jewellery creations made by the Wellendorff Manufactory.

All three themes revolve around genuine values, symbolic meaning, and feelings or longings. Pieces of jewellery may be regarded as luxury objects, but they owe their special aura to the ideas people associate with them. In collaboration with all those involved, the Jewellery Museum will be spotlighting what they consider valuable, and tracing the secret of luxury. 

About Schmuckmuseum in Pforzheim

The Schmuckmuseum in Pforzheim, Germany is a museum dedicated to the history and art of jewelry making. It showcases a wide range of jewelry from different eras and styles, including precious pieces from the Renaissance and Art Deco periods. The museum also features interactive exhibits and educational programs that highlight the craftsmanship and design of jewelry. Visitors can learn about the history of jewelry making in Pforzheim, which has been a center of jewelry production for centuries, and see the tools and techniques used by master craftsmen. The Schmuckmuseum is a must-visit destination for jewelry enthusiasts and anyone interested in the history and art of this fascinating field.

Opening hours of Pforzheim’s Jewellery Museum:

Tuesday to Sunday: 10 am to 5 pm
Public holidays: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve


Admission € 10, reduced price € 8.50, combined (permanent & special exhibition) € 18 Griffe indischer Zierschwerter 17. Jh. Privatsammlung 
€ 6 combined ticket, incl. a visit to the Technical Museum of Pforzheim's Jewellery and Watchmaking Industries

Free of charge for holders of a Museum-Pass-Musées, ICOM card oder »Schwarz­wald­karte« (permanent exhibition)


Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim
Jahnstraße 42
75173  Pforzheim

Image Credits

Cleared-out showcases at the Jewellery Museum – visitors are invited to play the role of curators © SMP, Photo Bernhard Friese