The endless story of jewellery
The exposition on the first floor of thw main building details the development of the world-renowned Jablonec costume jewellery from its beginnings to the present. Although it covers an area of 380 sqm, the exposition simply cannot show visitors the full richness of collections that number more than 12 million pieces and is therefore simply a representative selection. Imagine, then, that you are walking through the premises of an export firm, gradually discovering everything that the concept of Jablonec costume jewellery encompasses.
First learn about why costume jewellery is primarily linked to Jablonec nad Nisou and the Jizera Mountains and take a look at a brief overview of technology. The touch-screen display allows you to watch short films about costume jewellery, glassmaking and the region from the beginning of the 20th century onwards. After this, the exposition is sectioned according to the main lines of production. We will successively introduce you to costume jewellery stones, glass beads and seed beads, glass buttons, metal jewellery, glass bangles and jewellery made of plastic and wood. You will also learn about the work done by pupils at the specialised secondary schools in Jablonec nad Nisou and Železný Brod and about contemporary studio jewellery. There are special areas reserved for coins and medals, the Waldes Collection (pins and buttons from prehistory to the beginning of the 20th century) and international jewellery fairs in Jablonec nad Nisou.
The museum can be toured with a spoken guide (Czech, English, German, Polish or Russian). You can listen to the recording using a special device – an audio guide – which you can borrow from the museum ticket office. It is easy to use and there are photographs of selected objects to accompany the voice recordings.
If you have a smart phone, you can find the recording over the Internet at home or in the museum lobby and listen to your chosen version on your own phone. Visitors with phones equipped with a QR code reader can find information beside the exhibits themselves.
Audio guide in English: http://webaudioguide.cz/en/jablonec/1