Good morning, darlings! I promised you more jewels from the Original Miami Beach Antique show, and I intend to deliver.
But first: last night was the 2016 Oscars, and I was asked to join in with INDESIGN.JEWELRY’s fabulous team to further the discussion of all things #OscarJewelry. Check out my article here, and the whole team’s coverage here.
Now: back to the Original Miami Beach Antique Show jewels! If you follow me on Instagram, you may recognize a couple of these finds…but don’t worry, I saved some really good ones just for this post.
Starting strong with the most wonderful antique English ruby and diamond double heart ring. From Bell and Bird. I can’t really talk about this one because I love it too much.
This is one of the loveliest Georgian foiled-back topaz necklaces I’ve ever seen, anywhere. Look how perfect the condition is, and how lovely the color! The flowers are centered by pearls and set in gold.
One of the coolest fede rings I’ve ever seen! This antique piece from The Spare Room features a carved central turquoise piece flanked by textured gold and other gemstones. So unusual, and in ridiculously good condition.
This magnificent thing from Terry Lucy jewelry is a late Victorian silver-topped gold necklace with rose cut diamonds and 80 carats (!!!) of no-heat Ceylon sapphires.
It is glorious and it has matching earrings. I wore this around the show for a while.
The sweetest little Georgian Lover’s Eye brooch from Lowther Antiques, with a bow on top of the heart-shaped pendant, and the emerald and pearl details. The back has a locket compartment with a lock of hair.
My love for this moss agate bracelet from Maryanntiques will never end. MY LOVE WILL NEVER END.
Speaking of things I would have brought home if I could possibly swing it: how beautiful is this portrait ring?? I’ve never seen one quite like her, with that floral setting and sprinkling of rose-cut diamonds.
This beauty was also at MaryAnntiques, who had lots to love, as always (and who also fed me while I was visiting her booth. Thanks again for the Thin Mints!).
Another showstopper: this beautiful and exquisitely preserved suite of Japanese shakudo jewelry in its own custom-fit lacquer box was at the Hancocks’ booth.
It dates to the late 1800’s and comprises a necklace, earrings, and a brooch.
Here’s a closer look at the level of detail on each of those tiny plaques in the shakudo set above. This is under my zoom lens and it’s still beyond perfect.
I still think this is just the coolest thing. Have you ever seen a camphor glass pendant with a freaking windmill on it?
Neither have I.
Everything about this Georgian acrostic bracelet from Lucy Verity is perfect. The gold links, the clasp detail, the gemstones spelling out “REGARD.” Perfect.
This beautiful thing is a vintage ring by Cartier, for sale by Hancocks. Aquamarine in the center, sapphire on the sides, perfect all around.
Two stunning Stuart crystal slides from Lenore Dailey. The lower is a mourning piece, the upper could be a mourning piece as well or simply a sentimental memento of a loved one or trusted friend.
Some people think mourning jewelry is creepy, but I think it’s a beautiful relic of long ago love made tangible.
Oh man. I really love Victorian snake jewelry. This one from Keyamour is really beautiful, with its textured gold body and gemstone-set nose and eyes.
A glorious Art Nouveau ring from Michael Longmore. This gorgeous piece features a ring shank of two naked women with plique-a-jour enamel bat wings holding an opal in their outstretched arms.
This magnificent thing is a carved emerald, onyx, diamond, and Ethiopian opal necklace by David Webb. It’s hard to accurately get a sense of scale here, but those opals are nearly the size of golf balls. I couldn’t have held more than two of them in my hand.
IT WAS INSANE.
A quartet of Georgian era giardinetti rings at Lowther Antiques! Giardinetti pieces are hard to find; to see this many exquisite ones at the same dealer is remarkable. And they’re so pretty, aren’t they?
A big bling to end on: a Victorian diamond pendant from Prather Beeland. I think it would be really fun to work something like this – which is clearly from a different era, but still so pristine – into a modern wardrobe.
See something you can’t live without? Drop me a line and let me connect you with the dealer.
Thanks for joining me for my photo recap of the 2016 Original Miami Beach Antique show! I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. I may have a few more pieces to show you in their own posts, so keep an eye out.