Next week, from May 30-June 3, press and retailers will trek out to the desert heat of Sin City where the cha-ching of the slot machines, the flow of champagne and the shows on The Strip as well as in the hotels are upstaged by the major trade-only jewelry exhibitions of the year: Couture, Premier, JCK, AGTA (American Gem Trade Association) and The Las Vegas Antique Jewelry and Watch Show.
Industry insiders know it as jewelry week. Jewelry designers, manufacturers and dealers from different parts of the world all come together in the city of luck and playing the odds to take a chance on which of their new treasures will win over the attendees. Here is where the brightest of up and coming designers shine, the established houses unveil new concepts and collections and rare and signed antique and vintage jewelry will be discovered.
I have been attending and reporting on these shows for many years, scouting out trends, the most talented emerging designers and uncovering authentic and exceptional antiques.
When the shows come to a close, I will be back at my computer reporting on the different directions and hot items in modern jewelry and what’s trending in the antique and vintage markets.
Right now, I am in pre-game mode and I am an avid antique jewelry collector as well a historian, Therefore I am anticipating what I will see at The Las Vegas Antique Jewelry and Watch Show and thought it would be fun and educational to share a preview of some of the exhibitors and their awe-inspiring jewels from different decades. Many of these dealers are on Instagram and you might want to follow along with them and have a peek at the pieces that are leading up to the show on their feeds. The leading exhibitors represent rare finds from jewelry’s history, pieces you might want to consider if you are building an antique/vintage jewelry collection.
In this preview, I have gathered looks reflective of different times throughout jewelry’s past to help you to determine your particular style and if you are more drawn to one time period or find something intriguing about them all. Post-show I will be discussing the different ways of how to build an antique/vintage collection.
In the meantime let’s look at some inspiring finds (in this story) from the Georgian through Retro 40’s time periods:
Jogani’s @jorganibh Georgian diamond pendeloque closed foil-backed collet set mine cut diamond earrings
Sandra Cronan’s @sandracronanVictorian blue enamel and diamond pendant/locket necklace, circa 1880
Gold Hatpin @goldhatpin Victorian turquoise forget-me-not station bracelet with a matching padlock.
MaryAnntiques @maryanntiques 18K Victorian ruby and diamond horseshoe bracelet
Ishy Antiques @ishyantiques Victorian moonstone bezel set line bracelet
Alpha & Omega Jewelry @alphaomegajewelry mixed Victorian into turn-of-the-century bracelets
Lucy Verity’s @lucy.verity Victorian and Edwardian crowned and tied heart brooches
Moira Fine Jewellery’s @moira_fine_jewellery double Edwardian/Belle Epoque bracelets in emeralds and diamonds that connect to also form a choker
Jewels by Grace’s @jewelsbygrace Art Deco Burmese ruby, Columbian emerald and diamond line bracelets
Spicer Warin’a @spicer_warin Art Deco emerald and diamond earrings. Circa 1930
Humphrey Butler’s diamond Deco clips.
Wilson’s Estate Jewelry’s @wilsonsestatejewelry art deco line bracelets with sapphires, emeralds and diamond Deco line bracelet
Keyamour’a @keyamour French gold engraved sunflower bangle bracelet
Pat Saling’s @patsaling architectural diamond ring, circ 1935 with bold, strong lines as modern today as it was then.
Simon Teakle @simonteaklejewelry gold ruby and diamond retro bracelet