The name for this inaugural jewelry exhibition comes from an American Song Book standard. My favorite version is sung by the incomparable jazz legend Sarah Vaughan. It sums up my latest obsession – jewelry. “Baubles, bangles, hear how they jing, jinga-ling … sparkles, spangles, your heart will sing, singa-linga wearin’ baubles, bangles and beads”.
What, you ask, has taken you so long? I’ve always been an all or nothing person. If I couldn’t have “the good stuff” I just didn’t want it at all. No posters or costume jewelry for me. No way. Only THE REAL THING. Encouraged (or corrupted) by two collector/dealer friends, I started to buy a few pieces here and there. The few pieces are now a collection of bracelets, earrings, necklaces and rings. I’ve assembled a library, read up on jewelers and jewelry, taken courses and looked at lots of it. Gold jewelry is the focus and I want to share my excitement and discoveries.
The criteria for pieces I acquire is that each piece needs to be beautiful, interesting, well-designed and have weight-18K at a minimum. Most date from the late 1950’s through the 1980’s. All the jewelry is wearable and goes easily from day to night. Some are iconic and by top jewelers, like David Webb’s Persian turquoise ring, or the Lalaounis earrings that Jackie O had a pair of. Others are stamped 18K Italy but exude a certain je ne sais quoi. Like the paintings, prints, sculptures and work on paper I handle, I am passionate about everything in this carefully curated selection of jewelry.