All right, my darlings. I promised you more treasures from the Miami Antique Show, and I intend to deliver!
I hope you’re ready for more glorious antique jewels, because they’re comin’ at ya.
I thought we’d start here, just in case you were worried I didn’t save anything spectacular for the second part of the recap. Can you even with this Victorian era brooch?
This baby is from Poli Trading Co and I want to wear it on my bosom every day.
Hello, beautiful. This pendant from Maryanntiques is a perfect example of my very favorite kind of antique jewelry: it’s not the biggest or the sparkiest jewel, but there’s just something about it that makes it irresistible.
Look at those dainty platinum swoops, those dangling pearls and – most of all – that perfectly carved banded agate stone. Is it supposed to be a hot air balloon or does it just kind of resemble one? We’ll never know, but I know I love wondering.
If you know me at all, you know I have a weakness for antique turquoise rings, especially from the Victorian and Georgian eras.
This is a whole handful of turquoise darlings from Lucy Verity (and a few turquoise-adjacent beauties). I would happily have taken home every single one of these.
I don’t know if I’ve ever featured a belt buckle on Diamonds in the Library before, but this Art Nouveau beauty from Ishy Antiques more than deserves its moment in the sun. Isn’t it wonderful?
If my belts looked more like this, I’d buy more clothes with belt loops.
An incredible pair of Art Deco era jade earrings with diamonds and onyx.
Aren’t they just perfect? It’s hard to beat jade + diamonds + onyx. Spotted at Pam Benson.
I keep mentally referring to this portrait as the gentleman in “regimentals,” but I have no idea what a Regency era regimental uniform looks like or if this fellow is potentially wearing one, but I’ve read enough Jane Austen that I just assume any man in uniform from the 1800’s should be described that way.
This fantastic ivory portrait miniature was at The Spare Room Antiques. Let’s get closer:
Have you noticed the best part? He is WEARING AN EARRING.
The piece also has one unusual identifying mark: there is a piece of paper in a locket compartment on the back that simply says “Bernadotte.”
Is he a pirate dressed as a solider? Is he just a baller? Please tell me your thoughts.
Is there anything prettier than an Art Deco era filigree pendant? They’re so easy to love, too. They may be 100 years old but anyone could wear either of these tomorrow without needing to buy a new outfit to go with them.
This lovely blue sapphire and cameo both look like they’re caught up in beautiful spiderwebs. They are from The Gold Hatpin.
How absurdly stunning is this necklace??
It’s a miracle of flowers all picked out in diamonds and gorgeously articulated. This baby was also at Spicer Warin’s booth.
Here’s a closer view! Look at the elegant swoop of those leaf edges. So dreamy.
Oh, hello, tiny and perfect Art Nouveau masterpieces!
These two rings are everything I love about the Art Nouveau era. Look at the delicate colors of the enamel, the subtle details of the settings, the sensuous curves of the pieces’ silhouettes! Both pieces are by Eugene Feuillatre, a noted enameler who also worked with the one and only Rene Lalique.
The ring on the right is extra unusual because it’s platinum, rather than gold! Extraordinary and staggeringly gorgeous. Spotted at Palais Royal Hong Kong.
This fantastic crystal fox brooch is also from The Spare Room! If you buy both this brooch and the not-regimental gentleman above, you can enact hunting scenes with them.
Will the man hunt the fox or the fox hunt the man? It’s up to you how avant garde you want to be.
Oh my goodness, this necklace.
I met this necklace at the Miami Antique Show, but it has since found a new place: it’s currently in the collection of the legendary Fred Leighton. I can’t tell you how excited I was when I found out where it ended up. Such an extraordinary piece!
Here’s a closer look. I’ve never seen another Georgian piece of this size and extraordinary color combination. I still can’t believe I got to try it on!
I hope you’ve enjoyed my recaps of the Miami Antique Show!! There’s a little more coming at you – a few pieces that needed to stand alone – but you’re mostly caught up now.
Thanks to US Antique Shows for hosting me for the 2018 Original Miami Antique Show.