Silver Speaks Exhibit

Marjorie Ransom co-curated two exhibits of jewelry and costumes from her collection.  The first, Silver Speaks: Traditional Jewelry of the Middle East, was co-curated by Ellen Benson of the Bead Society of Greater Washington.  The handsome catalogue the Bead society produced to accompany the exhibit is out-of-print but some used copies can be found on  The exhibit ran from October 1, 2002 to September 30, 2003 at. the Bead Museum in Washington, DC; at the Jefferson County Historical Society in Watertown New York and the Gibson Gallery of the State University of New York in Potsdam in 2005 and 2006, and at the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, Michigan 2007-8. 

The second exhibit, Female Adornment from Bilad al-Sham (Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Syria), co-curated by Ms Ransom with Ellen Benson and Lynn Springer, was shown at the Jerusalem Fund in 2008.

Seventy-eight pieces from 18 countries drawn from the David and Marjorie Ransom collection were shown in, Symbols of Identity — Jewelry of Five Continents, 2006-7, at the Mingei International Museum in San Diego, California.


Here's just a small sampling of Silver Speaks exhibit.


Headdresses of brides

Left to right: Egypt Al-Arish, Egypt Siwa, Yemen and Oman


Syrian Kurdish Jewelry



Jewelry Techniques