BLASTS FROM THE PAST
Vintage looks capture showcase space
Dust off that estate jewelry case and check out the "vintage look"
in new designs. Just as reproduction bridal jewelry is beginning to catch
fire in some retail jewelry stores, the Museum Shop at the American Museum
of Natural History has added pieces to further excite consumers with a fondness
for the looks of yesteryear.
In conjunction with "The Nature of Diamonds" exhibit, the shop
offers real diamond jewelry inspired by pieces in the exhibit. Many of the
pieces are variations on the originals, substituting cubic zirconia for
multiple diamonds and smaller, more common versions for important stones.
The museum commissioned two designers to create an exclusive line representing
centuries of diamond jewelry styles for the shop.
Earrings and pendants in the American Museum of Natural History's
Museum Shop were inspired by this Indian Mogul necklace in "The Nature
of Diamonds" exhibit.
Among the pieces are two pins derived from an en tremblant floral
brooch; brilliant-cut earrings and a brilliant-cut diamond and pearl slide
necklace inspired by the Lounsbery necklace; earrings inspired by an Indian
Mogul necklace; a diamond pendant, brooch and earrings inspired by Armenian
brooches; a necklace of 17 baguette and 23 brilliant-cut diamonds, modeled
after the Armstrong necklace; and a variety of diamond rings, including
a ring modeled after a traditional Irish design.
The shop offers diamond studs, silver jewelry set with uncut diamonds
and pieces from designers Mimi So and Jose Hess.
Prices for the antique-inspired jewels hover in the under-$1,000 range.
Several articles in the exhibit's book also outline the history of diamond
jewelry from 320 B.C. India and beyond.
The display of wedding ring lineage and an emphasis on the jewelry of
movie stars from the1930s and '40s in the exhibit could send starry-eyed
consumers looking for the jewelry of their ancestors.
- by Stacey King
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