The New York Museum of Arts and Design, also known as MAD has a wonderful show of vintage and contemporary jewelry called "Elegant Armor: The Art of Jewelry.
The exhibition has works on display ranging from the subte to the flamboyant. It is presented with major themes and is a very exciting and vibrant display.
The exhibit features over 130 works, which have been drawn from the museum's collection and will be on display until March, 2009.
Here is just a sample from 1968 by Charles L0loma. It is a wonderful bracelet set in sterling silver, with inlaid turquoise, coral, ivory and ebony.
For more information about the Jewelry Gallery and the other exhibits at the Museum, visit their official website at http://www.madmuseum.org/.