All right, my darlings. I promised you dazzling treasures from the Original Miami Antique Show, and I am READY TO DELIVER.
I wandered through row after row and hall after hall of dealers’ booths, falling in love with everything from Renaissance era rings to tiaras to $2 million ruby rings that belonged to royalty (it was by JAR and I wasn’t allowed to take a picture).
Are you ready to admire? Because you know that the Original Miami Antique Show is one of the biggest and best antique shows in existence, especially for jewelry.
I thought we’d start strong with one of the most wonderful rose cut diamond rings I’ve ever seen – and a pretty cool photo I snapped, if I do say so myself. Thank you, convenient sunbeam.
This beautiful thing was at Jogani, whose dependably stunning array of jewels at the Original Miami Antique Show took my breath away, as it always does.
This necklace stopped me in my tracks – and led me to an introduction to a fantastic new dealer, Faerber NY. I’ll be showing you a few things of theirs and you’ll love all of them.
This antique necklace is special because it’s colorful!! It’s from 1890 and features pink quartz and aquamarine.
You know how much I love camphor glass. I already have several pendants in this style, and a bracelet – but I want a ring.
I seriously considered bringing this one home with me…and looking at the pictures, I’m totally having non-buyer’s remorse over leaving it behind when I left the Original Miami Antique Show. Such good finger coverage and side details!
This little hourglass is a Georgian era French love charm. It has naughty phrases on the sides in French!
It also really works as an hourglass – I spent a while turning it over and over and watching the tiny grains of sand shift from one side of the bulb to the other. See it in action here. Spotted in the collection of the one and only Lenore Dailey.
I have a weakness for spectacular agate specimens in beautiful settings, and this antique ring from Craig Evan Small is one of the best I’ve ever seen.
If the front weren’t magnificent enough – take a look at the design on the back! My antique jewelry Instagram buddies and I would call this a mighty fine ringbutt.
This lovely, lovely locket is quality for reason: it’s Edwardian era Tiffany & Co, a jewelry collector’s dream.
It may have been a mourning piece, with this color scheme – but all we know for sure is that it’s beautiful. This piece was from Craig Evan Small as well.
This handful of turquoise and gold rings from The Gold Hatpin was so fun that I seriously considered buying one or three.
Fun fact: do you see the bottom ring on my pointer finger, which has sort of a ribbon-like design? I have an identical ring set with opals that dates to the same time period. I wonder if they could have come from the same store?
This necklace was very high on my personal list of pieces from the Original Miami Antique Show that I wanted to buy and own and wear in real life. It’s not the flashiest piece I tried, despite its 10+ carats of diamonds, but there was something magical about it.
Marilyn of Marilyn & Co – who currently owns this treasure – was able to discover that this necklace’s story began in Reims, France, between 1786 and 1791. An origin in the at region during that era could mean only one thing: that it had belonged to a wealthy family in the champagne business.
Tell me that’s not the coolest thing ever. Wearing a champagne heiress’s diamonds felt so right!
My favorite thing about the Original Miami Antique Show is that it’s one of the few places in the world where I can try cute everyday rings and then turn around and handle a necklace that any queen would be proud to wear.
This magnificent thing is a Renaissance Revival pendant of spectacular size. The piece itself dates to the 1800’s but the shape of its many table cut diamonds indicate that they are much older than their setting.
But you haven’t seen the best part yet.
Enamel on the back!!!!
Thank you, Sam Sadien, for taking this out of the case for me. It was an honor to hold it. (See the video here.)
Speaking of royalty (or at least of extremely glamorous people): check out these regal portrait rings from Lowther Antiques.
They depict a specific King and Queen. How’s your British history? Do you recognize them?
Oh hello, you perfect, beautiful thing! Could this bangle be any dreamier? I can imagine it as the finishing touch on a gorgeous bridal look.
Antique diamonds and opals, from one of my favorite dealers at the Original Miami Antique Show (or anywhere) – Maryanntiques.
Speaking of truly special pieces…this dream of a ring is from one of the dealers’ personal collections. Marilyn of Marilyn & Co was wearing this stunner and she was kind enough to let me play with after it caught my eye while she was trying to eat a salad (thanks for putting up with me, Marilyn!).
The enamel, the antique gems, the side details!! Pardon me while I swoon forever.
This remarkable Stuart crystal slide is the kind of exceptional piece of history that you can only find through a few dealers.
This one – from Lowther Antiques – is unlike any other I’ve ever seen before. A pair of lovers, a pair of angels, and a pair of initials alongside the words “NO RIVALS.”
I’ve shown you a lot of the really old things so far (they’re so wonderfully weird and I love them!) so here’s a bright, fresh, Art Deco stunner to make your heart flutter.
This ring is from DK Bressler, and it’s such a bombshell of a piece I can’t even handle it. See it sparkle.
This killer piece from Faerber NY is an extremely strong argument for Team #BringBackTheBrooch. I don’t know how I’d wear this enormous diamond bouquet, but I’m sure I could find a way. I’d strap it to my head, if necessary.
Oh hello, perfection. This emerald and diamond ring features wonderfully textured gold work in a style known as cannetille.
From The Spare Room, circa 1820. It was hard to find a good time to visit the lovely ladies of The Spare Room; their booth was almost constantly mobbed! I can’t blame the other attendees of the Original Miami Antique Show for having good taste, though. The Spare Room is always, always worth a visit.
And last (for today!) but far from least: this exquisite pair of hand earrings from Lenore Dailey. I love the simplicity of these, with their delicate enamel details.
I took so many pictures at the 2017 Original Miami Antique Show that I had to split them up into two posts. So don’t worry, I have another batch coming at you soon!
By the way…if you fall in love with any of these treasures and want to see about possibly buying them, please shoot me an email and I’ll be happy to put you in touch with the seller! I always keep a record of the dealers’ contact info when I photograph a piece.
Please note that US Antique Shows provided my lodging for the 2017 Original Miami Antique Show. Thank you, US Antique Shows!