As I promised you in Part 1…I am here today with even MORE pictures from the glorious 2017 Original Miami Antique Show.
If you like any of the things in these pictures even a little bit, you really need to come next year and see it all in person for yourself.
Trust me. Go look at my photos from 2016, if you need more proof. Plus, who doesn’t want to go to Miami in February? Sunshine, palm trees, antique jewelry! It’s a great combination.
I think I officially have a crush on portrait lockets as a category. If I could afford to buy all the ones I love, I’d have quite the collection of them by now.
This one was particularly fabulous: the portrait lady’s jewelry, the blue enamel accents, the engraved back! It opens into three frames on the inside, and contained a tiny photo of a mystery gentleman.
You remember the massive rose cut diamond ring from Jogani that we admired in Part 1 of this recap? It had two more cousins in that display case.
These two are just as wonderful. The blue enamel is particularly irresistible.
When people ask me how I can wear 100+ year old jewelry in my daily life, I like to show them a piece like these pearl and turquoise earrings from The Spare Room.
How can you not want to wear them?? Sure, they’re from 1880 – but they’d go with almost any contemporary wardrobe.
This magical unicorn of a moonstone ring was snapped up shortly after I posted it on Instagram, but it was too pretty not to show you anyway.
This Swiss enamel bracelet from Sam Sadien belongs in a museum. Each panel is beyond perfect; the level of detail becomes more incredible the closer you get.
Want to see?
Before I took pictures of this, I just stood there with my nose as close to this box as possible, soaking in every tiny element of this masterpiece.
Look at the women! Their outfits, their faces, their hats – such attention to detail. And the original fitted box is just the icing on the cake.
And now for something completely different but equally amazing: this original Edwardian era opal ring from Faerber NY.
Can you believe this piece has existed for 100 years? It’s beyond spectacular.
Sticking with Edwardian design for the moment…I’ve already posted this magnificent piece from Craig Evan Small on Instagram, but I couldn’t leave it out of my recap. Look at that color contrast, at the ethereal webbing of diamonds and pearls and platinum over the pendant’s surface.
It might be hard to tell how delicate this truly is: so I wanted to be sure to tell you that the pearls aren’t attached directly to the platinum rim of the pendant, but rather they’re strung along teeny tiny wires that are secured at intervals along the pendant’s rim. It’s breathtaking.
Here’s a sweet little Georgian locket ring from Lowther Antiques. Designs like this are sometimes called poison rings, because of the way that the secret compartment could be used to secret nefarious substances.
This one is exquisite, with its bright turquoise, small twinkling center diamond, and gorgeously detailed ring shank.
This bracelet!! Oh, this bracelet. I have to show it to you, even though I don’t think my pictures does it justice.
It’s Victorian era, covered in rich blue enamel, and features a snake and a lizard (or a dragon?) facing each other on one side. Are they lovers, fighters, friends? There’s no way to know.
You can get a better look at it on Lenore Dailey’s Instagram.
A cluster of diamond cluster rings from DK Bressler!
I dare you to resist these. They’re just so wonderfully lovely and glamorous, in any era.
Here’s another incredible piece from the incomparable Lenore. Or pieces, rather – a whole parure in a fitted box. A fantastic necklace, a brooch, and earrings.
Can you imagine what a set like this must have seen, the stories it must have been a part of ?
And then there’s THIS ring. Could it possibly be any sexier? Those shimmering diamonds, those rich rubies, that sensuous silhouette.
I won’t forget having this on my finger any time soon.
These gold and turquoise beauties from Lowther Antiques are another pair of antique earrings that would be right at home on any 2017 it girl.
Between the texture, the turquoise, and the tassels, they simply exude regal luxury.
To call this piece a rare treasure is an understatement. This Georgian era ring is more like a tiny, perfect diorama that you could wear on your finger than a mere accessory.
The scene depicts two little cherubs inside a either a birdcage or a classical temple, flying with a ribbon and a wreath between them above a symbol of two hearts together. The scene is embellished with floral garlands on either side, and the scene is embellished with pearls and gold.
I hope that you’ve all enjoyed this parade of treasures from the 2017 Original Miami Antique Show – I very much enjoyed photographing them and sharing them with you!
Please note: if you’d like more information about any of these (including things like price/availability) please shoot me an email and I’ll put you in touch with the dealer who is selling it. I always keep contact info on file when I photograph a piece.
And I’m back to add a bonus photo!! This is because I promised one you that I’d share a photo of this piece, and I completely forgot. This one’s for you, Kat.
This is one of those rings that looks cool, but turns out to be even cooler than you initially suspected. This ring was assembled in the Georgian era, but the actual cameo in the ring dates to Roman times.
ROMAN times. I told you it was cool.
Thanks again to US Antique Shows for providing my lodging for the 2017 Original Miami Antique Show.
Susan Newmark says
I have NEVER COMMENTED on here or to Becky! I go every year to the Palm Beach show! I see no other comments like mine ! Her wonderful commentary shouldn’t be marred by your rudeness !!
Susan Newmark says
Becky thanks so much for covering this amazing show . I go each yeear to the next stop in Palm Beach! I must read your photography tips ! And the pieces were modeled so well by you with a very interesting description ! Thanks so much !
Thank you! What a treat! I’m having heart palpitations!
Haha, yay! I’m so glad you enjoyed.
kat newkirk says
thank you for the extra information!
I LOVE the Georgian locket ring!
I can honestly say that until I read your blog, I had *no idea* how much I would LOVE jewelry wearing jewelry; that it’s also a locket (which I adore) is even better! The blue enamel snake right is just amazing and that diamond/ruby surround ring is flat out MAGICAL. Holy wow, is that ever gorgeous.
But the middle/middle cluster ring? Than needs to come live with me; it’s all that I’m saving for — someday Imma have a glitter ball like that on my finger!
*bracelet, not right.
Yesss!! Your favorites so often intersect with my own. It still kills me that I couldn’t get a better picture of that snake bracelet – it was just the coolest ever.
And I look forward to seeing your glitter ball once you make it yours!
kat newkirk says
when you asked for requests, I asked you to look for cameos. you replied that you’d found one and would post it later. no emergency, but could you add it to the beauties you’ve shown already? thank you!
You’re completely right, Kat!! I apologize for the delay – I had jewelry brain. One gets dazzled around so many treasures.
I’m going to find that photo now and get it ready to share!
If you refresh the post, you should see an additional photo at the end! Super cool cameo, as promised. Thank you for reminding me!
kat newkirk says
thank you! this is indeed a worthy piece. do you have any other info on the cameo? what is it made of? (i.e. hardstone or shell?) it’s hard to tell from the photo. is it an open back, or is the back solid?
Isn’t it wonderful?? The back is closed – all gold, a really solid-feeling, substantial setting. And it’s hardstone, not shell. Such a charismatic piece.