My love affair with antique jewelry began at a really young age when I’d habitually sift through and admire my mother’s collection of gold and jade rings, necklaces and bangles, all of which had been passed down from several generations. Most pieces had a story – stories which I felt attached to and hoped that one day would belong to me. Not only do I love the significance that heirloom jewelry carries, it’s distinctive and everlasting, making it worth every investment. I’ve recently been obsessed with rings: signet rings, Edwardian pearl rings, mourning rings, pinkie rings and diamond bands . . . j’adore them all. There are so many incredible treasure hunters in the market today, curating some impressive collections. So today, I’m sharing the wealth by rounding up my top 5 favorite antique jewelry purveyors. Get ready to swoon!
Metier SF: For over 20 years, Sheri Evans and Trina Papini have been buying estate and modern jewelry for their stunning gem of a boutique in Hayes Valley, San Francisco. Their shared passion for storied trinkets and modern approach for procuring keepsakes means they’ve amassed a covetable collection of jewelry from nearly every era.
Erstwhile Jewelry: Fifth-generation jeweler J.S. Klusner and his wife are best known for their collection of antique engagement rings from the 1880s to the 1940s. The way the age old diamond rings are paired and stack with the couple’s own vintage-inspired bands makes Erstwhile a one stop shop for lovers. But what I really adore is their selection of unique mourning rings from the Georgian and Victorian eras – some of which are over 200 years old! Pure romance.
Esqueleto: Let’s just call Lauren Wolf the mix master. The jeweler and boutique owner inspires with her “stack of the week,” where she essentially schools us on how to properly pile on a lust worthy assortment of estate and contemporary rings, including stunners from her own collection. Study up and stack ’em up, ladies.
FD Gallery: Expect to find vintage Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Belperron, David Webb and Boivin, as well as one of kind antique pieces with fascinating, and sometimes significant, provenance at New York’s FD Gallery. Walking into Upper East Side boutique is like stepping back in time in the most glamorous jewel box of a time machine. And you’ll soon realize the word “exceptional” simply doesn’t do it justice. Even if you don’t score anything, at least you can walk away with a bit of jewelry trivia, thanks to curator and treasure hunter Fernando Bustillo’s captivating Instagram account.
Arrow & Anchor Antiques: Nashville native Brooke Baxter has only been collecting and sourcing antique jewelry for 7 years but she’s got an impeccable eye for making age-old heirloom rings look chic and modern. I smitten with her love of opal clad Art Nouveau rings as well as her personal collection of rare Cartier zodiac rings from the 70s.