Gem Gossip focuses on jewelry trends, antique and period jewelry, celebrity jewelry, as well as exclusive designer interviews. It is also a hub for gemstone and jewelry education, considering Danielle's Graduate Gemologist studies through the Gemological Institute of America.
Our latest Jewelry Collection Story comes from Liz Kantner who has been a facet in the jewelry industry for quite some time and in many different roles. I first met her through her time working at Todd Reed and would visit with her at Couture. She now lives in North Carolina and has paved her own path with marketing and advocating all things jewelry. Her latest venture was helping to launch the newest jewelry show in Las Vegas, called the Premier Show and opening up a tattoo/jewelry shop with her partner Chris called Divination Tattoo. Although I was bummed I couldn’t make it to the debut of this show, Liz visited me in Nashville before Gino was born!
I’m excited to feature her personal jewelry collection because I’ve watched it grow over the years and every piece really does have a story. Take it away Liz:
“I’ve always loved collecting jewelry, but I remember really starting my collection after my grandmother gave me her collection of pins, clip-on earrings and costume jewelry. I was in high school at the time and actually started taking her jewelry and using my very novice crafting skills to remake the pieces to be more wearable. My mom still has some of my early creations. Soon after college I started getting interested in collecting more vintage and antique jewelry and spent my free time at estate sales and flea markets. During that time I started collecting pieces from independent designers as well – a couple of early favorites include Margaret Cross, Pamela Love and Jennie Kwon. In 2012 I found a job in the jewelry industry working for Todd Reed and that’s when I really started growing my collection.”
“I love Georgian Era and while I don’t have any pieces of mourning jewelry in my collection yet, I am always looking. I also love date rings and cameos (I love when vintage cameos are used in contemporary jewelry). My favorite piece of antique jewelry in my collection, other than my 1915 date ring, is a pair of vintage ram earrings from Fox & Bond.”
“The importance of adornment and the deep meaning behind each piece is what makes jewelry my passion. I have always believed in accessories to complete a look – most days I choose my jewelry before my outfit. I love supporting artists, makers and designers.”
“My forever favorite place to go to find antique jewelry is The Golden Nugget in Lambertville, NJ. When I was living in Colorado, I loved Classic Facets on Pearl Street in Boulder and the Brass Armadillo, an incredible antique mall in Denver. For contemporary jewelry, Mora Collection in Asheville, NC is one of my very favorite stores.”
“My “alternative bridal” stack has a story behind it – Chris and I are not officially married, but we have been together for just about 10 years, so I wear a stack on my ring finger. I wear a diamond ring with stones from my mom and both grandmothers, this was a custom ring that Todd Reed created for me. I also wear a ring that Chris bought me from Margaret Cross, a ring I had been dreaming about for many years. To top off the stack, I wear a ring from Communion by Joy – it includes a single diamond with gold rays coming from it – this ring represents me. I love this stack because it represents my family, my partner and myself.”
It is no surprise, if you’ve followed me for awhile you know my obsession with these elongated diamond rings. Most of these are circa 1900-1915, and true to era, have Old Mine, Old European and single cut diamonds. The setting is usually done in yellow gold with a platinum-top. Sometimes these types of rings are vintage and come from more recent eras, like my latest addition which is all white gold and most likely from the 1950s. This ring was an Instagram find from one of my favorites to follow, Anderson’s Jewelers. The store is located in Wellesley, MA which is not too far from Boston. The next time I visit Brimfield, I am definitely making a pit-stop! In the meantime, I will continue to shop their Instagram feed because they make it so easy. They consistently post new antique and estate pieces from their inventory and purchasing is easy via direct message.
Most of my elongated diamond ring collection was acquired a few years ago. My best source was eBay actually — they would be listed with large price tags but also had a “best offer” option and I would always throw out a completely random offer. Luckily most sellers accepted my offers and I continued to build my collection from there. Last year I had some luck with the Facebook group called Jewelers Helping Jewelers, which is the industry’s best kept secret (now not so much, as it has over 17k members). Lately, I’ve been acquiring them via Instagram…but it is definitely a challenge! There are fewer out there and I’ve sort of made them popular.
Final thoughts: if you love this type of jewelry, be sure to follow my Pinterest board that features only elongated rings
When Dana Rebecca creates jewelry, each piece has meaning and significance within her own life. If you’re someone who has been designing entire jewelry collections since the age of 16, you’re bound to make some jewels that not only touch your life but plenty of others who end up buying the pieces and adding them to their own jewelry story. For Dana, this has been her passion since she could remember! Each necklace, earring, bracelet or ring she creates is named after a woman in Dana’s life that has impacted her. Dana’s designs are both timeless and classic, all layer-ready and complementary to so many different styles. I love how her pieces can be easily added to anyone’s jewelry wardrobe seamlessly, whether they wear bold and bright jewelry or minimal and sleek.
I found out Dana Rebecca will be launching the Buddha collection online and I was so excited to have gotten to handle them before their big launch day! Both Dana and myself are big fans of the buddha as a motif, as it symbolizes something greater than just a pretty piece of carved jade. For Dana, she formed her connection to the Buddha during her many travels abroad; the symbol has taught her to always explore and think positively. For me, I connected with the Buddha symbol during my travels on my Jewelry Road Trip series and the joy it has brought me since creating something so unique. I have a vintage Buddha pendant that I wear which reminds me to continue to do things without fear.
Dana’s Buddha collection features carved jade of various hues surrounded by diamonds, all set in either 14k yellow, rose or white gold. Each necklace varies in length, with the two I got to play with having a longer length than your average 18″ necklace. I love the longer length on these Buddha pieces because you can really create a layered necklace look with some of your shorter pieces you probably already have. I also think the longer length is ideal for summer styling — think plunging neckline or summer dress (insert heart eye emoji). I had so much fun putting together this look with added necklaces from Dana’s other collections (her pieces play off of one another so well). The Buddhas really go with anything and truly stand out as a conversation piece! I’m really into pieces that tell a story and these Buddhas can reflect so many things for different people; I’m excited to hear how this symbol holds significance if your life! Let me know!
Excited to share an upcoming auction from Case Antiques Auctions and Appraisals that features some really great pieces of fine jewelry. Earlier this year I got to visit the jewelry when it was at Case’sNashville office for a preview, and although this time the jewels are staying in Knoxville, their glittering presence is felt through the screen! The sale is set for July 13th and features not only a wide variety of jewelry, but also art and antiques with over 750 lots total. If you’re in the Knoxville area, you can preview the items on July 12th from noon until 6pm and of course, you can sign up to bid on Live Auctioneers.
Let’s get right into the sale and learn more about my top picks:
Lot 38:This necklace caught my attention because I knew it was a signed, designer piece. My inclination was correct when I read the description — it is Buccellati and done in 18k white and yellow gold. This necklace style is very en vogue at the moment, as it is a collar style and measures 19 inches in length. There are diamonds scattered throughout, 52 to be exact, and they total approximately 0.85 carats. Estimate: $5400-6400
Lot 41: What a knockout ring! From the oval cut in the center, to the sparkling fancy intense yellow diamonds that are side stones, this ring has it all. All three diamonds have GIA certifications, with the center being 7.32 carats & VS-1 clarity G color, and the two side stones are 1.08 carats & VVS-2 clarity fancy intense yellow, and 1.13 carats & VS-1 clarity fancy intense yellow. This would make a gorgeous engagement ring or right-hand ring! Estimate: $100k-120k
Lot 43: If you ask me, everyone should have a pearl necklace in their jewelry wardrobe. It is classic and sophisticated, with this particular necklace being extra special. Why? Because they are South Sea pearls, a kind of pearl that originates from a certain location (South Sea) and has a rarity unlike ordinary freshwater pearls. This strand measures 18 1/4″ and alternates white with golden pearls, finished off with a disco-ball clasp set with diamonds. If you don’t own any pearls, I suggest some from this sale! Estimate: $8800-14k
Lot 44: I’m always looking for Art Deco rings, especially ones featuring diamonds and sapphires. This is a perfect example of the time period, with Old European cut diamonds, French cut sapphires and set in platinum. I would wear this ring on my right hand, either ring or middle finger, and as an added bonus it looks as though it can easily stack with other rings. Estimate: $4400-5400
Lot 45: Another very fine example of an Art Deco piece, this bracelet is locked in time, back to the 1920s. The diamonds total 3.43 carats approximately and accented by French cut sapphires, which adds a beautiful blue to the all-white of the diamonds and platinum. The bracelet is 7 inches in length and would make a great addition to any jewelry wardrobe. Estimate: $2800-3200
Lot 46: Did you say you don’t own any diamond stud earrings? Well, these are another staple everyone should have in their wardrobe! These particular diamond studs are quite stunning–they are over 4 carats each, so a total of 8.34 carats. Both diamonds have a GIA certification and set in 14k white gold. I don’t think I’ve ever tried on diamond studs that are this big, but these are truly once-in-a-lifetime. Estimate: $16k-19k
Lot 47:Here’s another pearl necklace that deserves some attention — this one is all white South Sea Pearls, which graduate in size, from 13.1 mm to 16.6 mm. Some outstanding pearls, with excellent matching and very good luster. The clasp on this one is similar to the other pearl necklace I highlighted, very disco-ball looking, set in 18k white gold with diamonds. Estimate: $6k-9k
Lot 173:Looking for a classic, everyday diamond tennis bracelet? Look no further than this lot! This piece easily goes with anything and can be worn day or night. The diamonds total 7 1/2 carats and set in 18k yellow gold. If you’re wondering how long it is, it is 7 1/2″ and could easily be sized to accommodate. Can you picture yourself wearing it?! Then sign up to bid and make it happen! Estimate: $2400-2800
Lot 401: Big and bold, this ring will turn heads! It is an 8 carat tanzanite in the center, set in 18k yellow and white gold, surrounded by 5 1/2 carats of diamonds. I love the deep purplish-blue color of the tanzanite and the design/setting is absolutely perfect. I would stare at it all day if I won this auction and would wear it on either right or left hand, without any other rings. It is a size 6. Estimate: $1400-1800
Lot 642: I like buying diamond bar pins and turning them into rings. This lot would be an ideal example to do this, as it would be not too big or not too small as a ring. The pin itself features Old European cut diamonds which total nearly 1 1/2 carats and set in 14k gold. I love the intricacies of Art Deco pieces, like the filigree in this pin. This piece also doubles as a pendant, so there are several possibilities to wear it! Estimate: $500-600
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We’ve all heard devastating stories of jewelry lost to thieves, fires and, in one noteworthy ocean liner’s case, icebergs. It’s tragic beyond words when a priceless piece of jewelry is misplaced, and it’s not hard to understand why. Jewelry is meant to be cherished, to serve as a symbol of undying love, to be passed from one generation to the next. Often, it’s irreplaceable. But accidents and mishaps happen, of course, and you’ve got to have safeguards in place. That’s where jewelry insurance comes in. This protection is crucial for people who own even a single piece of cherished jewelry, and here’s why.
What is Jewelry Insurance?
Jewelry insurance exists to help safeguard your jewelry investment should something happen to it. Though your favorite pieces can never be replaced—especially if they are custom-made, heirlooms, antiques or made with hard-to-find materials—jewelry insurance can cover a portion or the entirety of the monetary value should your items become lost, stolen, or damaged.
Typically, comprehensive insurance covers theft, accidental damage, and, yes, loss. Sometimes it even covers “unexplained loss” or “mysterious disappearance,” which can be helpful if you don’t know what happened to your favorite pieces. Though premiums vary, the general rule is that you will pay between $1 and $2 for every $100 your jewelry is worth in premiums.
You can generally obtain jewelry insurance either through your homeowner’s insurance or renter’s insurance or by purchasing a policy with a special jewelry insurance company (sometimes referred to as a “standalone” policy). Going through your homeowner’s insurance is probably the simplest way to do this. Depending on your policy, you may not get the full value back if something happens to your jewelry, but even a portion can soften the blow of a catastrophe or misfortune.
Remember, you don’t have to own iced-out gold pendants or a Hodinkee-worthy Rolex collection to get your baubles insured. Any piece that you love, cherish, or spent a pretty penny on should be appraised and then submitted to your insurance for coverage. Here are a few reasons why:
1 — It Protects Your Investment – Perhaps the most obvious reason to get your jewelry insured is that it protects your monetary investment, and, therefore, your overall worth. At the end of the day, expensive jewelry carries more than just sentimental value. It also carries (sometimes very large) monetary value. Many people treat their heirloom jewelry and watch collections as actual investments, and they’re right to do so since jewelry tends to appreciate in value and is one of the more steady investments you can own.
2 — It Gives You More Freedom – It’s disappointing enough when we hear about five-carat diamonds that are lost or stolen, but it’s even more disappointing when we hear about them being locked in safes and cases, never to be worn or appreciated. It’s also understandable why so many jewelry-lovers keep their pieces unworn. The risk, sometimes, is just too high—but when you have the appropriate insurance policy, the risk is lowered. That means you can wear even your flashiest gem-encrusted rings, necklaces, and bracelets while you travel or go to special events, and you’ll definitely worry less.
3 — It Clues You In to Your Collection’s Worth – In order to properly insure anything of value, you have to know that value. In the case of jewelry, that generally means having it appraised by a jeweler or an industry expert. For those of us with interesting heirloom pieces or who love to buy at auctions, it can be hard to know exactly how much your finds are worth. If buying new, reputable jewelers will generally supply you with an appraisal certificate that you can submit to your insurance company.
4 — It Makes Mishaps Less Impactful – If you’ve ever experienced the devastation and vulnerability that sets in after having been robbed or enduring a natural disaster, you know that there’s virtually nothing that can serve as a real consolation. With that being said, getting the value of your jewelry back is one way to lessen the blow. The last thing you want to think about when you’re in such a devastated state is monetary loss.
5 — It Ensures That Your Jewelry Is Appreciated – We’re not suggesting that you go and lend all of your fancy jewelry to your friends and family members, but we are suggesting that the right insurance policy can help you share your favorite pieces with less worry if that’s something you want to do. Say you want to lend out an expensive gold chain or a friend wants to try on your engagement ring. You won’t stress so much about saying yes if you know your bling is covered, and you’ll be able to give your favorite gems the glory they deserve.
6 — It Helps Guarantee That You Have Something to Pass On – In the terrible event that something happens to your valuable but insured jewelry, your insurance company will cut you a check for part or all of its monetary value. With that money, you can purchase pieces that you and your family will cherish and pass along from generation to generation. In the terrible event that something happens to your valuable but uninsured jewelry? Well … you’ll have nothing to pass along, and that can be beyond upsetting.
It’s All About Peace of Mind
It’s true that some jewelry is literally irreplaceable and metaphorically invaluable. But that doesn’t mean that the proper insurance plan won’t help ease the blow of a devastating event, an accident, or simply a brief moment of absentmindedness. At the very least, having your ice insured provides you with more peace of mind so you can enjoy your one-of-a-kind jewelry to its fullest. Ideally, you’ll never have to use your policy, but it’s still crucial that you have it.
Author Bio: Mark Broadly is a Journalism Major and Spanish Minor at NYU. After graduation, he plans to seek a career as a writer and eventually publish his own novel. In his spare time, he loves freelance blogging, hip-hop dance, fashion, and exploring NYC.
I’m not certain when I decided upon what exactly it was that I wanted as my push present; I just knew since visiting David Webb a few years ago that I had not only fallen in love with the company, the craftsmanship, the ambiance and aura of the brand…but also the jewelry. Anytime I would walk into David Webb’s flagship store on Madison Avenue in NYC, I felt different — a kind of different that I liked and with it, my appreciation for detail was instantly enhanced. Since first visiting, I longed for and lusted after a piece from David Webb — something crafted just for me, something that could be iconic and signature to my everyday look (because if I did ever get something, it would NEVER come off). It took me several years, a few visits, a long ponder through the hard-cover book that was published in 2013, to finally decide upon the piece that I felt fit me, my style and what I loved the most.
It was actually Instagram, in the end, that first showed a photo of the particular leopard bangle that I ended up choosing. It was shown on a wrist and in white spotted enamel. What does one do on Instagram when they are faced with a piece of their dreams?! Take a screenshot, save the photo and stare at it for days, weeks, months. Which is exactly what I did. I just kept thinking I could never afford such a beautiful piece of jewelry…but there’s a side of me that doesn’t like to be negative and that side was coming up with LOTS of ways of how I could easily buy the bracelet…starting with selling A LOT of pieces that I don’t wear anymore or care for as much. I even sold some pieces that I actually loved, but the thought of this David Webb bangle on my wrist kept me motivated.
The people at David Webb were so sweet with wanting to make sure it fit perfectly, especially since I have such a tiny wrist. I also was able to try out the bangle for a few days before making my final decision, so I was able to be sent the piece to be worn and make sizing adjustments based on that. I was so excited to make this happen, after all these years of dreaming about it.
As my pregnancy progressed, this leopard bangle made its way out of the safe and onto my wrist several times (even though I wanted to keep it tucked away until the big day). It became my motivator when my feet were so swollen I could barely walk, it became my time occupier when I was so anxious from waiting, just staring at it helped me through some tough times toward the end when I didn’t think I could be pregnant for another day. I began to realize the how important a push present and its role can be throughout both pregnancy, birth, and the 4th trimester (post-baby). Sometimes we just need something to help, whether it is symbolic or substantial, to get us through the tough, scary times. For first-time moms, there are so many unknowns, every kick, move, twitch or feeling in your belly — it’s a lot! I think it is ok to admit it is hard and ok to want something materialistic to commemorate the occasion.
Now I’ll go back to waiting for nature to take its course and realize how impatient I am — by the time you’re reading this, he should be here. <3
Lately I’ve been loving this gold bead look I’ve been seeing on Instagram — maybe you’ve seen it as well? It features gold beaded jewelry, like rings, necklaces, bracelets, and earrings, all strung together. Some are large gold beads, some are medium, while others are small…and I’ve been eyeing up some bracelets to add to my signature bracelet stack. While most of these styles use beads that are polished, the pieces from ARME DE L’AMOUR are all diamond-cut, so the beads SPARKLE! This caught my attention right away when trying to find this new trend shed in a different light. Although you can call this look a “new trend” I think it is able to be classic enough to stay relevant and continue to look great with anyone’s current jewelry wardrobes. Totally why I am investing in buying a beaded piece of jewelry myself!
I was so excited to get the opportunity to try on the diamond-cut beaded jewels that ARME DE L’AMOUR has in their collection. The ones I picked are all 14k solid yellow gold, although they do also make them in other materials, such as 14k white, pink or black gold.
NECKLACE: For their necklace category, they offer two options in the choker style — one single strand and one double; I am wearing both in these photos. The cool thing about this choker is you can instantly add to any outfit to change up your entire look! And one-size fits all, so you can adjust it accordingly. It is comfy too! The other necklace they offer is a strand of diamond-cut beads in various lengths, some come with clasps and others are so long that no clasp is necessary. There’s a 14″, 16″, 18″ and the 30″ and 52″ are the fun sizes where you can double up and create a fun look.
BRACELET: This category is what started me on these beaded jewels! ARME DE L’AMOUR offers a rigid wrap bracelet that is springy (like the choker) that you can wrap around your wrist or even your upper arm. It is so pretty and the diamond cut beads sparkle in any/every light. There’s also a single strand version with a lobster claw clasp. That one comes in three different lengths, 6″, 7″ or 8″.
RINGS: Don’t think ARME DE L’AMOUR skipped out on offering rings to this unique beaded jewelry style! The rings are like mini versions of the wrap bracelet and come in sizes 6, 7, & 8. The size 6 actually fit me perfectly and I would suggest sizing up due to the width.
EARRINGS: I was able to try on their large and small sized hoops, shown here worn in my first and second hole. These are SO fun and the large size didn’t feel heavy on my ear at all! As soon as I put them on I felt like summer — now I just need a pool or beach (and a bikini body, which is fun to think about when you’re 8 months pregnant).
If any of these pieces catch your eye, simply shop directly from the ARME DE L’AMOUR website. The company is a direct-to-consumer business and prides itself on their fantastic prices that don’t have the typical markup you see elsewhere. After trying out their pieces, I highly recommend! Each piece is handmade in their Miami Beach studio…which now I understand why everything reminds me of summer!
Have you heard the news? Iconic jeweler Trabert & Hoeffer will be closing its doors on June 15th, with owner Donald Levinson set to retire. A rich history follows this tale, which began in 1930 when Trabert & Hoeffer first opened in NYC. Since then, they have expanded to Beverly Hills, Palm Beach, Atlantic City and Chicago, the latter where they’ve solely taken residence and have been there since 1968. They’ve been associated with jewels donned by starlets like Marlene Dietrich, Mary Pickford and Claudette Colbert.
With such a rich and storied history, as well as expansive inventory that is exceptional beyond words, Trabert & Hoeffer have partnered with Hindman Auctions to sell more than 250 lots of jewelry spanning the company’s history. The sale, which will be held on May 15 at Hindman’s Chicago headquarters, will be available to preview in New York City from April 30 to May 1, Atlanta on May 3 and Chicago from May 10 to May 15.
Going through the auction catalog and having all these incredible pieces up at auction at the same time is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience. There’s so many beautiful pieces, I’m highlighting just a glimpse of what will be offered. Be sure to take a look at the catalog, register to bid and tune in on May 15th!
Lot 23: I love all the glitz and sparkle that this auction has in store, especially this lot! An Art Deco platinum diamond, emerald, and onyx brooch. At first glance, especially from a catalog perspective, you wouldn’t realize that the central emerald is approximately 117.22 carats! That’s incredible! I love the detailing of the onyx, each calibré cut and set to perfection. Such a rare treasure. Estimate: $35k-55k
Lot 30: If an over-the-top Art Deco platinum diamond bracelet is on your jewelry bucket list, this is “the one”! It is French in origin and there’s A LOT of diamonds in this one bracelet: a total of approximately 33.50 carats!! If that doesn’t impress you, the sheer craftsmanship of the piece will. Imagine that sparkling on your wrist! Estimate: $35k-55k
Lot 235: Italian elegance and artistry summed up into one gorgeous piece of jewelry! This collar is stunning in every sense of the word. It features 19 oval shaped cabochon sapphires that weigh approximately 70 carats total and even more diamonds–381 to be exact! The piece is done in 18k white gold and has a flexibility to it so it feels good on. Estimate: $20k-30k
Lot 242: I had to highlight this ring because my jaw-dropped when I saw it, and then dropped again when I read its stats. So, the center octagonal step cut diamond is 10.04 carats and has a GIA cert that says it is G color, SI-1 clarity. I would love to try on this ring, I bet it looks to-die-for. The side stones are such a pretty complement and match really well with the design, as they are two trapezoid cuts. Estimate: $200k-300k
Lot 223: I am so into major gold collars and necklaces right now, and when I saw this one, I thought it was divine! I love the tubogas design element and the diamonds on the ends, looking as though it was dipped in diamonds. This is a piece that never goes out of style and instantly upgrades any outfit. Imagine just having to throw on this one necklace to look chic, no other jewels necessary! The necklace is 18k gold and stamped Italy. Estimate: $3k-5k
Lot 258: Speaking of gorgeous gold collars, here’s another that I am in love with! It has elements to it that tick every box for me, like a geometric style, finished in 18k yellow gold, onyx details, and lots of diamonds. There are a total of 9.25 carats of diamonds and I think everyone can agree, it would look amazing day or night. Estimate: $6k-8k
Lot 270: Panthers are one of my favorite animal motifs in jewelry, so these earrings easily stopped me in my tracks. Statement earrings are huge right now, especially as summer is approaching. These are done in 18k yellow gold and I love when panthers have emerald eyes like these! Imagine wearing these with a summery dress, or to the beach in a bikini…or on a movie date night with a t-shirt and jeans! Estimate: $2.5k-3.5k
Lot 319: I love bold gold paired with majorly colorful gems and this ring is a fine example of just that! Although not a huge fan of pink, lately I’ve been coveting all things pink, including this pear-shaped tourmaline. The sleek 18k yellow gold pairs beautifully with the bright, tropical pink hue of the cabochon cut stone–it makes me want to sip on a fruity drink and enjoy summer! Estimate: $3.5k-5.5k
One really neat aspect about this special sale which Hindman has put together for the closing of Trabert & Hoeffer is the inclusion of multiple original hand-painted renderings of designs done on parchment paper. These, from a collector’s perspective, are priceless and if you love jewelry or own a jewelry store, these would look incredible framed and hung. These four lots are some of my favorites, but there are several more scattered throughout the sale!
Lot 27: This lot contains 10 original renderings on paper, featuring stone counts and reverse drawings. Estimate: $700-900
Lot 124: This lot contains 10 original renderings on paper, featuring turquoise jewelry. Estimate: $800-1200
Lot 164: This lot contains 13 original renderings on paper, featuring topaz jewelry. Estimate: $700-900
Lot 339: This lot contains 4 original renderings on paper, which are stamped and matted, as well as framed 15 x 13. Estimate: $800-1200
May, is known as the “Oscars of Fashion”. It is the pink carpet to watch where this year’s theme―Camp: Notes on Fashion, inspired by Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay―came to life with over-the-top excess, opulence, and pomp. Sontag wrote that the hallmark of Camp is the ‘spirit of extravagance’ inspired by theatre, excess, irony and parody in fashion. We expected fun, flamboyant jewelry statements and we were not disappointed.
The diamond and gemstone jewels worn were ornate, statement-making pieces yet were still elegant and glamorous adding to the overall effect of fun and flashy frivolity.
In the sage words of the Liberace, the self-proclaimed King of Camp: “Don’t wear one ring, wear five or six. People ask how I can play with all those rings, and I say, very well, thank you!”
Lupita Nyong’o: Actress Lupita Nyong’o wore a rainbow hue of jewels including a vintage Bulgari emerald and amethyst necklace and multi-colored gemstone earrings.
Lady Gaga: The Met gala co-host stunned in Tiffany & Co.’s Butterfly necklace from their Blue Book Collection which featured 28 carats of ethically sourced princess-cut diamonds in 18K yellow gold.
Jennifer Lopez – Only the rarest one of a kind 65.32-carat cushion-cut purple sapphire will do for JLO!. Jennifer donned the mind-blowing “Purple Dragon” platinum diamond and purple sapphire necklace from Harry Winston. She topped off her look with Harry Winston “Secret Cluster” diamond bracelets – 180 carats worth and vintage 1972 diamond chandelier earrings.
Camila Morrone –The Argentine model and actress piled on the bling literally. Word has it that she wore around 30 diamond Deco bracelets from Beladora Jewelry.
Lily Collins– The actress debut the stunning rock crystal, emerald, black onyx, and diamond necklace and earring set from the famed jewelry house’s newest Magnitude High Jewelry collection.
Emma Roberts – Looking pretty in pink the actress graced her ears with one of a kind graduated carved gemstone floral drop earrings from Irene Neuwirth.
Zoe Kravitz – The Big Little Lies actress doubled up on the earrings with her Harry Kotlar diamond studs alongside custom Anabela Chan pearl and diamond earrings. She topped off her Met look with a series of diamond bracelets from Yvan Tufenkjian, Amwaj and Marli New York as well a diamond ring from Le Vian.
Lili Reinhart – The Riverdale actress was a Victorian dream decked out Fred Leighton jewels. A 19th-century amethyst cross pendant necklace was mixed with a Georgian rose-cut diamond cluster one circa 1830. Collet set diamond earrings also from Leighton graced her ears.
Bella Hadid: The model drenched in faux Moschino jewels decorated her lobes with over 90 carats of Colombian emerald and diamond earrings and a 40-carat ring from Lorraine Schwartz.
Cardi B- Camp is all about quirk and the rapper brought that to the forefront with her 44 carats -worth of rubies nipple covers that were worth $250,000 and were a custom creation of jewelry designer Corina Mihaila Larpin of Stefere Jewelry.
Nick Jonas: Nick pulled out all the stops with his jewels which included several diamond pieces from Chopard. The standout piece- his necklace which featured 40.12-carats of pear-shaped diamonds, 18.14-carats of diamonds, 1.17-carats of heart-shaped diamonds, and .59-carats of marquise-cut diamonds set in 18k white gold from the “Precious Lace Collection.” He also rocked a diamond star ring from Djula jewelry and several diamond ear cuffs from Borgioni and Marli New York and a very flashy diamond Chopard watch.
Jeremy Scott – The King of Camp and head designer of Moschino Jeremy Scott requested a custom jewelry piece – a Ben Baller grill to mark this year’s Met. Jeremy’s 12 carats in solitaires and diamonds surrounded by pave borders grill by Ben Baller had the engraved words ‘King of Camp’ on the back.
RuPaul – The Drag Queen extraordinaire donned David Webb jewels which included their “Red Light” necklace comprised of rectangular and pear-shaped rubellites, brilliant-cut diamonds, black enamel and hammered 18K gold and platinum. RuPaul topped off the look with a cabochon turquoise and diamond “Talon” ring and “Geodesic Dome” ring with diamonds, 18k gold, and platinum.
Billy Porter – The Broadway star made a golden Met entrance wearing an Egyptian inspired ensemble from the Blonds NY including a 24-karat gold chain headpiece and rings by Mordekai, Andreoli Fine Jewelry, John Hardy and Oscar Heyman.
Benedict Cumberbatch – The actor wore a charming 18K yellow gold, peridot, diamond and platinum nosegay brooch from Verdura circa 1965.