|Entrance to the show on W. 18th Street in Manhattan.|
I attended the New York Antique Jewelry & Watch Show again this year, held at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Manhattan, and, just like in 2015, it did not disappoint! I got to visit with some exhibitors I met at either the previous year’s show or at Lueur NY. Both events are produced by US Antique Shows and feature jewelry dealers from around the world.
I have a tendency to look for brooches at each booth but I tried to branch out this time and get a few shots of earrings, watches, and one special ring. You know I can’t resist vintage Van Cleef & Arpels, but I also had my eye out for older pieces by Tiffany & Co. These were some of my favorites.
|A Tiffany & Co. “Fireworks” brooch from the 1990s seen at Nally Jewels. I weep!|
At Nally Jewels, right here in NYC, I spotted a Tiffany & Co. “Fireworks” brooch from the 1990s. This one is made of yellow and white diamonds set in 18k gold with a huge pearl in the center.
|A Tiffany & Co. Bow brooch from the 1960s, also at Nally Jewels.|
Nally Jewels also had this 1960s Tiffany & Co. “Bow” brooch I flipped for, made of diamonds and rubies set in platinum and gold. This piece was small, but the sparkle of the diamonds was incredible. I love the mix of calibré-cut rubies set in a ribbon-like strand of yellow gold, with brilliant round diamonds in platinum comprising most of the bow.
|A 1965 Andrew Grima ring of lavender sapphire and diamonds at Kimberly Klosterman Jewelry.|
At Kimberly Klosterman Jewelry I had the pleasure of trying on this amazing 1965 ring by Andrew Grima of a lavender sapphire set in 18k gold and highlighted on the sides with diamonds. I normally wear pretty simple rings but if I owned this beauty, I would wear it several times a week! It is so sculptural, with great presence, yet is so comfortable. The lavender color of the sapphire was magnificent. Ms. Klosterman herself took this photo of the ring since the lighting at the show is so bright it can be tough to get good pictures. I am very grateful to her!
Andrew Grima (1921-2007) was a jewelry designer whose works I have really fallen for in the last year. I first learned of him through seeing the Grima carved ruby brooch owned by Queen Elizabeth II, a gift to her from her husband, Prince Philip, and said to be her favorite brooch. See it here, it is truly stunning.
|Van Cleef & Arpels “Lion Ébouriffé” clips seen at Jack Weir & Sons.|
The charming gentleman at Jack Weir & Sons showed me these Van Cleef & Arpels “Lion Ébouriffé” clips. I had seen the regular sized one last year, like the one on the left, but I had never seen a tiny one before! Isn’t it so cute? I wonder if it was meant to be a stand-in for a button. It was hard to get a clear shot of these because of the lighting.
|Booth after booth to explore and this is only one aisle!|
|Rose petal earrings by JAR Paris at DK Bressler.|
I really loved the pink of these rose petal earrings of sculpted aluminum by JAR Paris, seen at DK Bressler. I also loved their luminosity. I bet these are so lightweight. I don’t wear heavy or big earrings but I would give these a try!
|A Van Cleef & Arpels “Clematis” brooch of wood and diamonds in 18k gold.|
I was very excited to see this Van Cleef & Arpels “Clematis” brooch of wood and diamonds in 18k gold, at Harvey Kessler Jewellery. I believe it is from the 1980s and I am pretty sure these clips are not made anymore. I had only seen one of them in a book previously so it was wonderful to see this with my own eyes. It is quite large and very striking! The lady who showed it to me, helping out Mr. Kessler at his booth, was from the jewelry department at Sotheby’s and said she thought the wood was teak and that the brooch had been crafted in the Paris workshops of Van Cleef & Arpels.
|An adorable pug brooch, circa 1890, seen at Clayon Antiques. This was so dainty and sparkly!|
I loved this tiny pug portrait I saw at Clayton Antiques. According to the website description, this is an Essex crystal featuring a reverse painting of the pooch. I can never resist a pug, whether in jewelry or real life, and I found this one particularly adorable! Do note that the circle of pavé diamonds around the pug is actually a serpent devouring its own tail. Such a charming, beautiful and unusual little pin. This pup must have been one beloved dog!
|A Seaman Schepps bracelet from the 1940s at Aaron Faber Gallery.|
The ladies at the Aaron Faber Gallery booth told me a lot of people had asked to see this 1940’s Seaman Schepps “Tutti Fruitt” bracelet of rubies, sapphires, emeralds and diamonds. I can understand why, it is gorgeous!
|A Bulgari Serpenti watch of diamonds, emeralds and gold at Yafa Signed Jewels. Amazing!|
This Bulgari Serpenti watch at Yafa Signed Jewels stopped me in my tracks. I would want to get asked for the time, and often, if I had this mesmerizing snake of diamonds and emeralds set in gold wrapped around my wrist. The face of the watch is inside the snake’s mouth!
If I could pick two dream items to own from this line-up it would be the Andrew Grima ring (it fit so well and looked so good!) and the Tiffany & Co. Bow brooch. How about you?
Let me know if you attended this year’s show, which of these pieces are your favorites, or about any jewelry adventures you have had this summer!
I am going to be sharing a lot more pictures over at Instagram in the coming weeks so please follow me @everythingjustjewelry to see more dazzling pieces!
Thank you to US Antique Shows and every jewelry dealer who took the time to show me something beautiful and teach me something new.