Emeralds and Rubies and Sapphires, Oh My!
Best US Estate Jewellers
Like fashion, the world of haute jewellery is, albeit to a lesser extent, subject to trend and zeitgeist – but the key defining difference is rarity. Estate jewellery can be difficult to define as it can encompass modern and antique designs, but broadly speaking estate jewellery will have been previously owned, be of high quality and more often than not, be one of a kind. As new gems of only the very finest calibre become rarer and rarer to the market, so the interest in antique and estate jewellery has exponentially increased.
This is particularly true for pieces from the glittering 1920s, 1930s or 1940s, when the standard of workmanship, detail and access to fabulous gems reached its zenith. Where a decade ago a 1920s Cartier Tutti Frutti collection piece may have fetched US$450,000, today it can command US$1.8m+. Now firmly regarded as credible investment material, there has never been a better time to buy estate jewellery, and not only do you have the pleasure of wearing it, but also the profit from owning it too. London and Paris are prime picking grounds, and top auction houses worldwide are always a great place to start, but for many, the US comes first on the list. Here are four of our favourite American independent estate specialists to get you started. Purses out! Siegelson
In the fascinating world of jewellery the name Siegelson is uttered with reverent tones, and recognised as owning one of the finest antique and provenanced estate jewel collections along with Art Deco as well as contemporary pieces. Founded in 1920 by his father, Lee Siegelson’s gimlet eye has made him one of the industry’s finest arbiters of taste.
589 Fifth Avenue Suite 1501 / New York / +1 212 832 2666 / www.siegelson.com Yafa
Boucheron, Van Cleef & Arpels, Harry Winston, Tiffany & Co, Chopard... The Yafa signed jewellery collection reads like a who’s who of the fine jewel firmament with items sourced worldwide, and their estate pieces are equally great. Need a little something for the opera? How about an 1880s silver and gold diamond tiara formerly owned by the Countess Constanza Pasolini Zanelli Magnaguti? You bet your baguette bippy.
580 5th Avenue / New York / +1 212-719-9828 / closed Sat-Sun / www.yafajewelry.com Nadine Krakov Collection
With pieces dating as far back as the C.17th, and with two showrooms in Beverly Hills, the Nadine Krakov Collection is the Los Angeles go-to for fine antique, estate and signed jewellery and a regular destination for red carpet fashionistas.
191 South Beverly Drive / Beverly Hills / +1 310 860 9991 / and 461 North Canon Drive / Beverly Hills / + 1 310 247 8547 / www.beverlyhillsjewelry.net House of Kahn
Founded by Edward and Adele Kahn in the 1950s, and now with showrooms in Florida and Chicago, the House of Kahn has acquired and sold pieces from a glittering line-up of collectors and enthusiasts from European royalty to Hollywood A-list. Take the c.1960s David Webb-designed mythical sea creature brooch, with cabochon emerald set in 18k yellow gold, which was previously owned by Liza Minnelli as inherited from her mother, Judy Garland. Now, that’s something to sing about!
231 Peruvian Avenue / Palm Beach / Florida / +1 561 655 3743 / and 60E Walton Street / Chicago / +1 312 943 9937 / www.houseofkahnestatejewelers.com