1 Mar 2013
Really, I don’t wear all that much jewelry. I like the quasi-permanence of it, the cultural preciousness of it, but I don’t own a lot or pile it on. Arm parties aren’t really my bag. I wore a pair of modest diamond studs every day for years. Despite Lucia van der Post and Coco’s love of it, costume-y jewelry generally leaves me feeling like a Christmas tree, and not in a good way. And, to top it all off, new jewelry in the style of Zales is unimaginative and “art jewelry” brings out my inner art/cat lady in a manner which I do not appreciate.
There are, of course, some beautiful jewelry designers working (the list is, admittedly, absurdly long) but still, the jewelry I most enjoy perusing is old. Estate jewelry, vintage jewelry…it’s another kettle of fish. Maybe it’s the craftsmanship, or maybe it’s the implicit untold stories in the tiny objects. Who owned it? Was it a gift or was it a family bauble? Was it loved? Or did it sit in jewelry box, unworn?
There are many sites I visit to do some estate/vintage jewelry ogling: M.S. Rau Antiques, Erie Basin, A. Brandt & Son, Macklowe Gallery, and my personal favorite, S.J. Phillips. Recently, I stumbled across Bentley & Skinner. Add one more to the queue for active ogling.
Some of my favorites from the Bentley & Skinner site: