Tuesday, December 21, 2010

New Seminar Posted on Website

Nicolas Luchsinger, Van Cleef & Arpel’s (Morning Lecture)
Unique pieces and prestigious special orders :
an illustration of
Van Cleef & Arpels creativity

Masterpieces in the heart of the royal romances and historical events throughout the continents  and in the hearts of the stars, from screen icons to divas.

If you have not yet registered please do so as soon as possible as space is filling quickly.  Call Sandy for Group and Student discounts.  631-471-1922

Happy Holdiays!!

Sandy Lewand

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

New Seminar Posted on Website

Harrice Miller 

Bling’s the Thing

For eons humankind has found a way to express individuality, creativity, status and community through personal adornment. For modern women it often takes the form of jewelry and in the 20th century to the present time, costume or fashion jewelry has allowed both designers and wearers to express themselves with the unfettered usage of materials and imagination.

Harrice Miller will illustrate colorful examples of breathtaking costume jewelry from the 1930s up to the present time including designers Chanel, Haskell, Kenneth Jay Lane, Mazer, Marcel Boucher, Eisenberg, Trifari, Schiaparelli, Balenciaga, Prada, Vera Wang, Lanvin, Marni and others.  Modern day couture designers have entered an age of celebrating the sparkle and glamour costume jewelry lends to their creations, as seen in the pages of the leading fashion magazines and on the runways of New York, Paris, London and Milan.

Not registered yet?  It's not too late!  Call Sandy 631.471.1922 or email

Harry Winston

Tom Burstein of "Harry Winston" to speak on "The Evolving History of Harry Winston" on January 23, 2011 at Jewelry Camp to be hosted at FIT in New York City.  To register call Sandy at 631.471.1922 or email

Saturday, December 11, 2010

New Seminar Posted on Website

Reema Keswani, Golconda
Antique Diamonds: From Golconda and Beyond
We will begin our journey at the fabled mines of Golconda, in India, which produced some of the most sought after diamonds, including the legendary Hope & the Kohinoor diamonds. Long considered the jewel in India's crown, Golconda was the world's only and most important source of diamonds for centuries. We will then explore the history and lore of antique diamonds from Brazil and South Africa, important new diamond sources during the 19th and 20th centuries, and trace the evolution of diamond cuts, including the rose-cut, the old mine cut and the Asscher-cut diamond. Finally, we will end with examples of the use of antique cutting styles in jewelry, including the current resurgence in popularity of these cuts with twentieth century designers.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Join Us!

Join us at “FIT”, January 23, 2011
For the First One Day Jewelry Camp
Join us January 23, 2011 for an educational day at The Fashion Institute of Technology.  The day begins with 2 main room lectures with Tom Burstein of “Harry Winston” and Nicolas Luchsinger of “Van Cleef & Arpel’s.”  A luncheon (included) will follow the morning lectures after which we will have 3 Breakout Sessions consisting of 4 classes each session.  The classes are approximately 1 1/2 hours each (some classes may run over by a few minutes due to questions and answers.)
Speakers for the Breakout Sessions to Include:
Donna Bilak
Harrice Miller
Ulysses Grant Dietz
Cindy Edelstein
Reema Keswani
Michael Coan
Registration is limited to 125.  
$295.00 (includes luncheon)
Special Group and Student Discounts Available.
Please call for more information  631.471.1922 or 631.377.9766

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Summer Dates For Jewelry Camp 2011

We are please to announce the dates for the Summer Session of Jewelry Camp 2011.  The dates and location are as follows:

July 22, 23 and 24th, 2011
Hofstra University


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Happy Holidays to Everyone!!!!

Sandy and Edward
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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Wallis Simpson's jewels sell big at London auction

Wallis Simpson's jewels sell big at London auction

A set of jewels once owned by American socialite Wallis Simpson — the woman who wooed King Edward VIII from the British throne — fetched nearly 8 million pounds ($12.5 million) at auction late Tuesday.
Sotheby's said it sold the entire complement of 20 brooches, bracelets and other gems, highlights of which included an onyx and diamond Cartier bracelet in the shape of a panther; a jewel-encrusted flamingo clip and a heart-shaped brooch with the initials W.E. — Wallis and Edward — commissioned for the couple's 20th wedding anniversary.
Click image to see photos of the jewels

Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images
The dramatic, emerald-eyed panther bracelet was the star of the sale, despite a few missing stones. Sotheby's said it sold for 4.5 million pounds, the highest price it'd ever received for a bracelet at auction.
All the jewels once belonged to Simpson and Edward, who abdicated to marry the twice-divorced 40-year-old in 1937.
Their relationship caused a scandal that culminated when the king made an abdication broadcast to the nation in December 1936, declaring "I have found it impossible ... to discharge my duties as king as I would wish to do without the help and support of the woman I love." The British government opposed the king's marriage to Simpson, leaving him little choice if he wanted to marry her.
David Bennett, head of Sotheby's jewelry for Europe and the Middle East, said last month that the gems represented "the most important jewelry collection put together in the 20th century."
The items were last sold in 1987, as part of a Sotheby's auction that fetched $50 million, still a record for a jewelry collection. Sotheby's would not disclose the identity of the current seller.
The story of Edward and Mrs. Simpson continues to fascinate, and is currently being turned into a movie, "W.E.," directed by Madonna.
The identity of the jewels' purchaser wasn't made public.

Fantastic fakes Get into the pleasures of oldtime costume jewelry

Forget the diamonds, girls! OK, don't forget them exactly, but don't overlook the next best thing — vintage costume jewelry.

Many wonderful designers from the 1930s, '40s, '50s and even '60s made beautiful, colorful and imaginative pieces. They started out as a way to offer affordable jewelry to the masses, and the good thing is, they are still relatively inexpensive today.
These pieces are great to wear, fun to collect and make terrific gifts. There's quite an assortment, too.
With all types of different looks, from Art Deco, to Victorian, Egyptian, Asian, Renaissance and quirky Pop Art, there's something to suit every taste.
Some of the more popular designs got their inspiration from nature, with flower themes, fruit, birds and bugs. Some were more elegant, depicting ballet dancers, crowns or swirly ribbons and bows. Others were simply abstract.
Designers from these years often used rhinestones to simulate the diamond effect. But they were so pretty, women didn't mind that they were "fake."
They could be clear rhinestones or colorful ones, creating striking, glittery looks on pins, necklaces, earrings and bracelets.
Other materials used included copper, wood, shell, enamel and Bakelite, an early plastic popular in the '30s and '40s.
These days, the fun of collecting vintage jewelry is in the search.
As most antique shops and flea markets offer some assortment, you never know what unique piece you're going to find. And prices can range from a few dollars to a few hundred if it's a rare, signed piece.
If you're in the market for vintage costume jewelry, keep the following in mind.
• Condition. The most common problem with most costume jewelry is missing stones. It's hard to spot on a first look.
Don't let the glitter blind you. Take a good, hard look with a jeweler's loupe, if possible, to make sure all are there.

If you're really in love, don't fret, it's possible to find a jeweler who could replace a stone, but of course you will pay for this service, so keep that in mind when pricing it out.

Other problems include broken clasps (or sometimes missing clasps), dents or scratches.


• Quality. When you pick up a vintage pin or bracelet, take note of how it feels. The better-made items will generally feel a little heavier than cheaply made ones.
Turn it over and look at how it was put together. After you look at enough of this type of jewelry, you'll get a feel as to which pieces show the better craftsmanship.
Are the colors bright? Do those rhinestones shine? Does the clasp look like it was professionally made?
• Signatures. Not all vintage jewelry will be signed, but the very good pieces generally are.
Familiarize yourself with some of the designer names. You'll soon be able to spot your favorites.
Some very collectible designers from these years are Haskell, Trifari, Florenza, Coro, Mazer, Boucher, Hobe and Vendome.
Of course, there are many more. Go online or get a book that will tell you the many different names to look for.
If you're looking for something special to wear this holiday season, remember, glitter never goes out of style.
Karen Orloff is a children's book author and co-owner of the Dew Drop Inn Antiques Center in Philipstown. Her column appears every other week. Reach her at

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