This end-of-year recap of my 2019 adventures in jewellery modifying with a purpose to determine the items that the majority stand out to me as particular and weird reveals a transparent affinity for the various excessive jewellery collections that got here out this 12 months, from Van Cleef & Arpels’ ode to rubies to Mikimoto’s Jardin Mystérieux.
I couldn’t run this piece with out acknowledging the significance of the Christie’s Maharajas & Mughal Magnificence public sale in June, which was billed because the sale of the century (ultimately, it was not a record-breaker—the December 2011 sale of Elizabeth Taylor’s jewels, which totaled $115.9 million, continues to be the one to beat). Even so, the 400 tons had been actually epic, simply items of unimaginable opulence and craftsmanship, thus elevating the usual significantly when it got here to most the rest I noticed—or that got here throughout my desk.
I’m additionally together with a purple carpet second that made each jewellery editor I do know completely lose their minds with delight: Dame Helen Mirren, in all her tonal turquoise splendor, on the premiere of her HBO miniseries Catherine the Nice, carrying a set of David Webb jewels.
With that I’ll begin with a trapiche emerald treasure from JCK Tucson 2019 and take you thru my 12 months of jewel searching and vault peeping from there.
Completely satisfied New Yr!
High, clockwise from left: Rachel Atherley Plumage earrings, noticed at NY Now, August 2019; Effy Jewelry malachite and onyx ring, noticed at JCK Las Vegas 2019; Anomy Pearls ring, noticed at JCK Las Vegas 2019; and circa- 1940s Jean Schlumberger brooch, noticed at A La Vieille Russie in New York Metropolis (photographs through: @aelliott718)
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