I hope you’re ready to see some spectacular treasures from the past, my dears, because I’ve finally got my Vegas Antique Jewelry Show photos ready!
This show isn’t the largest antique show around (I’m pretty sure that’s Miami) but because it’s dealers-only, it attracts some pieces of truly exceptional quality and rarity. Let’s dive in!
I thought we’d start off big! I fell head over heels in love with this Georgian era necklace from Keyamour. It has aquamarine, amethyst, and citrine. Keyamour always finds the most beautiful things.
I spent quite a bit of the Las Vegas Antique Jewelry show behind the Keyamour booth, just hanging out with the Keyamour ladies and the Fred Leighton crew while wearing this necklace (and matching Georgian aquamarine earrings).
Here’s a closer look!
To call a piece like this rare is an understatement. So many of these works of art were dismantled so that the gems could be put in newer styles. It’s a delight to see such a gorgeous example in perfect condition.
This vintage cocktail ring from Craig Evan Small is a party you can wear on your finger. Whirls of sparkling diamonds exploding out from a creamy pearl.
Now for something just as lovable but a bit older: could this Victorian era snake bracelet possibly be more charming? The absolutely perfect blue enamel, the bright ruby eyes – it’s irresistible.
You come across pieces in this category from time to time but they’re very rarely this flawless. This one was at Keyamour as well.
Here’s a batch of antique engagement rings, because who doesn’t love antique engagement rings? Clearly these are my type – look how well they go with my own engagement ring.
I met these beauties at The Gold Hatpin – they always have some gorgeous engagement rings on hand. I love how you can clearly tell they’re all from the same era, but they each have so much unique, individual personality. This was actually the last photo I took at the Last Vegas Antique Jewelry show – I like to go out with flair.
My very favorite thing about antique shows is that they give me the exceptional opportunity to handle once in a lifetime pieces of jewelry before they disappear into private collections, museums, or exclusive stores.
This piece was probably my favorite of the Las Vegas Antique Jewelry Show and definitely a personal lifetime favorite: not only is it exquisitely beautiful, but it’s reputed to have been a part of the Russian crown jewels – the property of Catherine the Great herself.
It’s a stunning example of that era’s jewels, even without the royal connection. The back view makes it clear that this piece is far above the average in terms of craftsmanship. Look at the attention to detail, the utter overall perfection.
Thanks to the lovely Richard of Spicer Warin for letting me stand next to his booth and wear this for probably a full half an hour. I just loved it too much to give it back right away.
It would be amazing if it had belonged to nobody in particular – but the royal connection makes it extra special.
Here’s something much newer – a classic cocktail ring from the Mid-century era.
Look at that delicious aquamarine with its ruby and diamond accents on the side. This is a sexy, sexy ring and I thoroughly enjoyed my time with it. This beauty was at Maryanntiques.
Here’s a glorious example of a classic Victorian era diamond starburst brooch/pendant.
These are an iconic design from that era and this is a particularly perfect one. It has a both a pin fitting and a pendant bail, so it can be worn as a brooch or a necklace. This stunner is from Moira Fine Jewellery.
Two utterly perfect Victorian era lockets from Lenore Dailey. I’m pretty sure I visited Lenore four different times during the Las Vegas Antique Jewelry show, but I didn’t always remember to take pictures. (It’s a danger of getting to know the dealers…I just want to hang out with them.)
But anyway, the lockets! They’re both ideal examples of an iconic Victorian style of jewelry. I don’t know which I love more, the coral or the turquoise. So dreamy!
Here’s something I’ve never seen before: this ring looks like a traditional navette shaped ring got drunk and never managed to straighten up again.
It’s set very uniquely, too. It looks like two diamonds fell out at some point and were replaced with a gorgeous yellow diamond and a peridot for some reason. So odd and beautiful. This was at Steve Fishman.
Here’s a very different turquoise and coral photo. This very special piece from Platt Boutique is an unusual choker style necklace from the late 1800’s. It’s remarkable from the front, but even better on the inside.
The engraving on the inside of this piece bears a date and 8 engraved names, one behind each of the gems. It’s thought that each one represents a daughter of the family who owned it.
Can you imagine receiving a gift like this? So very special.
Two luscious Art Deco era diamond bracelets from Steve Fishman. It’s hard to beat an Art Deco diamond bracelet.
The one of the left is classic perfection while the right is a little more unusual, with its interesting triangular pattern.
Do you see why I said that the Las Vegas Antique Jewelry Show is a great show for unusually rare treasures?
This flawless late Victorian or early Georgian paste necklace from Lenore Dailey is a perfect example. There just aren’t very many of these in existence. I’m so glad someone took good care of it long ago so that I could get to see it today.
If you like the really old stuff, this one from Platt Boutique should get your jaw dropping. (If you don’t like mourning jewelry, scroll to the next photo.)
Not only is it a mourning ring in pristine condition, it’s set with a gorgeous table-cut diamond. Table cuts are generally very old, and to see one set in a mourning ring like this is very unusual.
Oh hello, you beauty.
This remarkable Edwardian pendant from Moira Fine Jewelry features diamonds, rubies, and vivid demantoid garnet in platinum. I adore it utterly – especially those mixed diamond cuts.
Ready to see another jewel so rare you’ll never see another one like it again? This Portuguese beauty from Lowther Antiques was made in the 1880s and is just incredible.
I assumed it was paste at first, because I assumed that anything with this glorious a selection of jewels would have been dismantled 100 years ago and made into something more easily wearable, but it’s all real! Absolutely real and absolutely wonderful.
Here’s the back view. Because you know by now that the back of a piece is how you can truly tell how well it’s made. And this back speaks for itself.
The Instagram antique jewelry crew talks a lot about ring butts, but this is one fiiiiiiiine brooch butt.
What are these cool little fobs? Something super cool: a matched set of fobs each engraved with a day of the week. The engraved stones are spinners, too – they flip from side to side. Such an interesting little treasure, spotted in the collection of the one and only Lenore Dailey.
Here’s a I saw a lot more glorious antique treasures at the Las Vegas Antique Jewelry show, but I can only fit so many photos in one post! I promise to share even more (and videos of many of these) on my Instagram.
Just kidding, here’s one last one!! The most delicious pink tourmaline you ever did see, circa 1900. This beauty was at Lowther Antiques.
Also, I want to give a big thank-you to US Antique Shows for taking care of my accommodations for my Vegas adventure! Without their kind support, I wouldn’t have had anywhere near as much time to explore and find gorgeous things to share with you.
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Each piece more wonderful than the next… love to see the craftsmanship of each piece (and love the fact you point it out)… crazy for fobs – such a lovely combo of simplicity, function and beauty.
Thanks so much, Andrea!! I’m so glad you enjoyed my article.
I just love living vicariously through your trips! I wonder if the off-kilter diamond and opal ring with the peridot and yellow diamond wasn’t the result of a mother gifting her daughters family diamonds for the creation of engagement rings? It wouldn’t be unheard of, and maybe the random replacement stones are birth stones in honor of the daughters? My grandmother gave my parents a ring with lots of small diamonds, and they took the stones out to make my sister and me promise rings when we were teens.
Ooh, I love that theory on the off-kilter ring!! It definitely has some kind of interesting history – it’s not a normal sort of design. (But I say that with great affection – you know I love the unusual ones the most).
WOW! That Portuguese gardinetti or Tree of Life brooch is the most GLORIOUS piece of jewelry I’ve ever seen. Seriously. I love all kinds of bling, but that is just unbelievable. It’s absolutely amazing (altho considering how beautiful it is, not surprising) that is wasn’t dismantled at some point in history. Absolutely Fantastic!
Isn’t it fantastic!?!? When I saw it, I pointed at it and said “This must be paste, right? But….wait….” and then I freaked out utterly. Because it’s allllllllll real gems. I have a video of it that I’ll post on Instagram later!
oh, that first georgian necklace was stunning! so many lovely things here… that fabulous portuguese floral brooch has my heart out of all of them, though. wouldn’t say no to the edwardian pendent, however…
Isn’t the Georgian necklace a dream?!? I just posted a video of it on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/BVr2lK9FCaF/?taken-by=diamondsinthelibrary. And I’m with you on the Portuguese brooch – such a magnificent, unusual treasure!
Jaenice Palmer says
I can’t choose a favorite! In my head I was saying, “I want this one and this one and THIS one…” These are all beautiful pieces! That said, the highlights for me were the mourning ring, the Art Deco bracelets, the starburst brooch/pendant (delicious!), the amethyst and diamond bracelet belonging to Catherine of Russia, and the Georgian necklace in the first photo. Great post!
Ahah that’s how I felt too!! I’ll be posting videos of most of those on Instagram soon – seeing them in action may help you make up your mind! 🙂
Jaenice Palmer says
This may well be worth signing up for Instagram–I still don’t have an account, embarrassing though it is to fess up to this.
I do love Instagram, personally!
Jaenice Palmer says
I’ll give it a whirl.
Yay!! I look forward to seeing you on there!
Jaenice Palmer says
Aw, shucks! (blush, blush, blush, blush) I’m on Twitter myself.