Oh My Gold!

Fashion and design are by nature cyclical, proven old successes fade away only to become hits again when a new generation discovers them. Tired with the rapid and radical move towards minimalism in the modern digital age, many people started to seek more sophistication and detail in design archives. This explains why the mode Vintage has found a particular revival in the past few years. The movies and TV industries, in Hollywood and overseas has picked up on this appeal and further contributed to its increasing popularity. Movies like The Great Gatsby, Anna Karenina, The Other Boleyn Girl, Marie Antoinette and Chéri; and TV series such as Downton Abbey (UK), Magnificent Century (Turkey) and The Tudors (Ireland-Canada), are recent productions based on old era plots where there has been an incredible devotion to the visual and aesthetic aspects exhibiting the exquisite works of art and craftsmanship of times past. One remarkable splendor is the display of antique-style jewelries, which contributed to a flourishing market for vintage and vintage-inspired jewelries. Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian, Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau and Art Deco jewelries are all revived trends today. I can’t but notice this penchant in each and every high jewelry store display. These ornaments’ charm lies not only in the exquisite elaborate design work reflected in finer details, richer use of colored gemstones and the frequent combination with diamonds requiring more skill and effort, but also in their romantic contemplation of the old world and their promise to make one imagine, feel and vicariously live golden days when luxury was at its finest.

Top: Vintage fine turquoise jewelry on Madison Ave.
Bottom: My little daughter’s vintage Persian design bracelets, belonged initially to her grandmother (my MIL) who got them as a gift from her grandparents when she was a baby herself.

Buccellati’s exquisite textural jewelry – Madison ave.

Fred Leighton's extraordinary vintage style and rare collectible jewels - Madison ave.

Fred Leighton’s extraordinary vintage style and rare collectible jewels – Madison ave.

Fred Leighton’s extraordinary vintage style and rare collectible jewels – Madison ave.

More of Fred Leighton’s collection of vintage jewelry

Top: Van Cleef and Arpels’ Perlée collection with magnificent delicate golden beads
Bottom: More fine antique jewelry on Madison ave.

Also check those prestigious vintage-inspired Buccellati watches, timeless and elegant

Also check those prestigious vintage-inspired Buccellati watches, timeless and elegant

Downton Ambiance

In light of Downton Abbey’s season 4 premiere in the UK last month, here are my aristocratic picks for the return!

Top & bottom left: Bardith Antiques on Madison av.,  the go-to source for 18th-century English porcelain tableware and objets d’art. Bottom middle: Dolce and Gabbana majestically grand crown. Right: Victorian gown from Cesar Paciotti’s window display. Manhattan, October ‘13

Top & bottom left: Bardith Antiques on Madison ave., the go-to source for 18th-century English porcelain tableware and objets d’art. Bottom middle: Dolce and Gabbana majestically grand crown! Right: Victorian gown from Cesar Paciotti’s window display.
Manhattan, October ‘13