February 1998

Diamonds: News


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

Copyright © 1998 by Bond Communications.


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