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The Jewelry Show at Pratt Mansions

Julie Schlenger Adell | December 7th, 2013

JMK Shows held its winter jewelry show at Pratt Mansions across the street from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

“Pins are coming back,” said Jacob Gipsan of Jacob’s Diamond & Estate Jewelry, Los Angeles. He displayed these Victorian, Art Deco, and mid-20th-century coral and shell cameos of scenes and portraits. They ranged from $450 to $2500. The coral and turquoise moon and star cameo from Italian designer Nardi was $4500. The large shell and white gold cameo of a mythological man and woman on horseback was $2500.

Gallery 47, New York City, offered this 18k gold and silver chain bracelet with an articulated fish by Vicente Gracia. Gracia, who lives in Valencia, Spain, is a contemporary designer. The bracelet was $15,000. 

JMK Shows, New York City

Jewelry dealers decked the halls of the Pratt Mansions in New York City with their offerings on December 7 and 8, 2013. Collectors who braved the chilly, windy weather had a jolly time at the landmark mansions across the street from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It was a sparkling time in the city. The tree at Rockefeller Center had been lit a few days before, and sidewalks were filled with shoppers.

The jewelry show, produced by JMK Shows, coincided with Jewels by JAR, an exhibition at the Met. Over 400 pieces by American-born and Paris-based jeweler Joel A. Rosenthal were on display beginning the third week of November. A visitor could go to both shows by crossing Fifth Avenue at 84th Street.

Sales were rung up by many of the dealers at the show, who offered antique, estate, vintage, costume, and designer jewelry as well as vintage and designer handbags. Dealers came from London, Los Angeles, Virginia, Illinois, Florida, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York.

Most of the clientele were women. Many came with friends, but a few husbands and boyfriends were seen walking around the Beaux-Arts rooms of the mansions or sitting in the various salons on both floors, which are connected by a circular marble staircase.

Women have been increasingly buying their own jewelry. Retailers have responded to the trend by devoting more selling space to jewelry counters and adding more designers to their stores. At jewelry shows, dealers get a captive audience and buyers get knowledgeable tradespeople with whom to do business. Besides, there’s always the thrill of the hunt.

JMK holds its jewelry shows in New York in December and April. The upcoming dates for the jewelry show are April 12 and 13. For further information, go to JMK’s Web site (

These two shelves were filled with items from the first Mary McFadden jewelry collection. All are handcrafted and signed “Mary McFadden.” The first collection was presented in the spring of 1980, explained dealer Lucyanne Robinson of Tarpon Springs, Florida. Some of the jewelry is 22k gold plate over brass, and some is porcelain with hammered glass. The collection ranged in price from $125 to $2700. Robinson offered vintage, couture, and costume jewelry in one area of her booth and studio and one-of-a-kind studio bench jewelry in another.

This 18k gold necklace with sapphires and diamonds was a gift from Kaiser Wilhelm II to his wife. It commemorated the tenth anniversary of his reign, explained Eileen Kirkwood of Eastville, Virginia, who deals in estate jewelry and antiques. Wilhelm II was the last German emperor and king of Prussia. He ruled from 1888 until 1918, when he abdicated the throne. He died in exile in the Netherlands in 1941. The ivory miniature of Wilhelm features a white sapphire. The Prussian crown is on top. Kirkwood asked $19,500 for it.

This Cartier custom-made 18k bracelet from 1973 was $80,000 from Gallery 47, New York City. Its design has an illusion of basketweave, and the bracelet is flexible with a clasp for ease of wear.


Originally published in the April 2014 issue of Maine Antique Digest. © 2014 Maine Antique Digest

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