Ara Vintage Jewelry Presented by TCH Collection – Lush Decadence

Today is the 1st day of my TCH Collection – Lush Decadence Couture Jewelry pop-up shop at Galerie Vauclair in Paris January 17 – March 18. This evening at 7pm is the press launch, tomorrow I’m hosting champagne and tea, and Friday evening is the Vernissage. I’m thrilled to see my creations come to life and available for sale, and I’m honored to present a unique collection of vintage jewelry by a Venetian artist that has been hidden away from the public for many years… I invite you for a preview of the pop-up shop; stay tuned for more behind the scenes details on the gorgeous wallpaper from Fromental. 

The TCH Collection – Lush Decadence Couture Jewelry offers one-of-a-kind, bespoke semi-precious and precious couture jewelry. Envisioned and designed by me, Toma Clark Haines, the collection features rings, earrings, necklaces and bracelets. The original concept for the collection was only to sell my own unique designs, but I soon realized that as one of leading experts in global sourcing she had access to jewelry inventory often unseen for generations if not centuries. I decided to offer a limited and exclusive line of vintage, estate and antique jewelry collections.

Ara Vintage Jewelry for the TCH Collection 

parrot adorned with Ara Vintage JewelryWith the launch of the TCH Collection in January 2018, TCH is offering their first vintage jewelry collection, of one of a kind pieces created by a Venetian designer in the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s. The designer wishes to remain anonymous – her jewelry is simply known as Ara. The distinguishing characteristic of each piece their uniqueness. Every single piece of the collection is imagined as a work of art: inspired by the artistic intention, by the shape and cut of the precious and semiprecious stones, and the insertion of antique elements. Each piece of jewelry is made by the artist from beginning to end with the antique Venetian technique of lacework in filigree, obtained interweaving small beads of precious and semiprecious stones over a base of work netting. Over this stained pave, she obtains a three-dimensional effect setting precious or semiprecious stones, cut or carved to compose her shining interpretation.

The pieces of the Ara collection are being presented for the first time to the world of fashion and jewelry during Paris Design Week at the TCH Collection Pop-Up Show at Galerie Vauclair. Each piece is distinguished by a word that in our day tends to disappear; unique.

Ara Vintage Jewelry | TCH Collection
Ara Vintage Jewelry available at TCH Collection Paris Pop-Up Shop – photograph by @thierrymalty

Every single piece of the collection is imagined as a work of art: inspired by the artistic intention, by the shape and cut of the precious and semiprecious stones, the insertion of antique elements, exotic or European, in any case absolutely unique.

Ara Vintage Jewelry | TCH Collection Paris PopUp Shop
Ara Vintage Jewelry available at TCH Collection Paris Pop-Up Shop at Galerie Vauclair – photograph by @thierrymalty

The pieces are the work of an artist who chooses to present the collection with only the Ara logo, keeping her name private.

Ara Vintage Jewelry | TCH Collection PopUp Shop
Ara Vintage Jewelry available at TCH Collection Paris Pop-Up Shop – photograph by @thierrymalty

Each jewel was made by the artist from beginning to end with the antique Venetian technique of lacework in filigree, obtained interweaving small beads of precious and semiprecious stones over a base of work netting. Over this stained pave, she obtains a three-dimensional effect setting precious or semiprecious stones, cut or carved to compose a shining interpretation of flowers, rocailles, animals, waves, etc.

Ara Vintage Jewelry | TCH Collection Paris PopUp Shop
Ara Vintage Jewelry available at TCH Collection Paris Pop-Up Shop featuring wallpaper by Fromental – photograph by @thierrymalty

Each piece in the Ara collection has attached a small bronze small seal carved with the logo and the number of the jewel.

Ara Vintage Jewelry | TCH Collection Paris Pop-Up Shop
Ara Vintage Jewelry available at TCH Collection Paris Pop-Up Shop – photograph by @thierrymalty

Visit the TCH Collection Pop-Up Shop featuring Ara Vintage Jewelry 

January 17 – March 18, 2018

Galerie Vauclair
24 rue de Beaune
75007 Paris  France
www.galerie-vauclair.fr

Galleries carrying the TCH Collection include: 

View a selection of the TCH Collection featuring Ara online at TCHcollection.com 

I know you appreciate this unique jewelry collection as much as I do. For more information or to become a distributor for the TCH Collection contact toma@tchcollection.com.

Arrivederci, 

Toma – The Antiques Diva

 

Meet Mariska Meijers, Our New Amsterdam Antiques Diva Guide

I’m delighted to introduce our new Amsterdam Antiques Diva Guide, Mariska Meijers. Mariska is not just a Diva Guide but a Dutch icon in her own right. She’s a fellow #GirlBoss and when I’m having a bad day she’s the one I call to say “Shoot Me Now”. Then – of course –  she convinces me not to jump from that ledge! For those of you who are following me on my journey as I launch a new brand – the TCH Collection – Lush Decadence Couture Jewelry line –  Mariska will also be our Amsterdam distributor for the collection. And will be participating in our TCH Collection pop-up shop in Paris this Jan 17 – March 18, 2018, at Galerie Vauclair. She’ll not only provide one of her signature custom-made kimonos for me to wear to the Vernissage January 19, but she’ll also have a special edition Diva Line of pillows for sale! What makes them Diva? Accessories of course? Anyone who knows me, knows I have a penchant for feathers, furs, glitter and more… and Mariska captures that personality in pillow form! 

Diva Line pillows by Mariska Meijers
Diva Line Pillows by Mariska Meijers, available at the TCH Collection Pop-Up Shop

Amsterdam Antiques Diva Guide, Mariska Meijers Mariska Meijers is a Dutch artist and designer, renowned for her signature vibrant colors and bold patterns. Based in Amsterdam, Mariska moved back home to Holland 15 years ago, after having lived and worked across Europe and Asia. She is an avid traveler and collector – and both inform her eye. She loves to share her hometown with visitors and introduce them to her local sources and contacts. She has grown her art and design studio into a global lifestyle brand sold through luxury department stores and small boutiques in over 30 countries. Her store/design studio in the historic city centre of Amsterdam is a hidden gem, located in the basement of a 17th century canal house on Keizersgracht 158 is filled with her own collections and art combined with original finds from all over the world, including art, antiques, vintage, lighting, jewelry and much more.

Mariska’s work has been featured in traditional and online media, including VOGUE.COM, The World of Interiors, Architectural Digest, Homes & Gardens, House & Garden, Marie Claire Maison, Domino, ELLE Decoration, ELLE DECOR, Living and others.

Mariska’s Amsterdam 

My 3 favourite vintage and antique stores in Amsterdam: 
  • Noordermarkt: an outdoor market only on Saturday and Monday.
  • Gezusters Stoop Lampshade Workshop: I have a strong love for vintage and antique lighting. This tiny store and shade atelier has a great selection and if they don’t have it, the owner Carin will source it for you. They can also build a lamp from any object you bring in and custom make a shade for it.
My favourite restaurant:
Toscanini: brilliant authentic Italian food – but you have to book weeks in advance.

 

My favourite thing to do on a Saturday afternoon in A’dam:

In summer, picnic on a boat touring the canals – but not on one of the large touristy ones. Rent a small one with a skipper. https://www.rentaboatamsterdam.com

In winter, Rijkmuseum as it is absolutely beautiful and inspiring. Cut the lines by booking online. Alternatively, visit either Cromhout Huis (styled by the talented people of  Wunderkammer Webshop) or Willet-Holthuysen Museum, both beautifully preserved 17th centre canal houses.
Book A Tour with The Antiques Diva & Co

Book an Amsterdam Antiques Diva Tour 

I personally invite you to book an Antiques Diva Amsterdam tour with Mariska and discover her Amsterdam for yourself!

Vaarwel,
Toma Clark Haines – The Antiques Diva  

Lush Decadence Paris Pop-Up Shop

Every girl who loves jewelry needs her Elizabeth Taylor moment. This photo shoot was mine. 

Screen icon Elizabeth Taylor was known for her love of fine jewelry, and her knowledge about precious stones. She collected big, exotic stones and the histories that accompanied them. In preparation for the January launch of one of my new ventures, TCH Collection – Lush Decadence Couture Jewelry at Galerie Vauclair in Paris, photographer Susan Ollmann captured me in Galerie Vauclair. The Paris collection features my own jewelry designs as well as pedigreed vintage pieces from Ara. But we’re not just in Paris… we’re in London, Dubai, Bangkok, Amsterdam, High Point and beyond! 

When planning the photo shoot I conceptualized a tantalizing environment that illustrates the essence of my life…. naturally I called upon my friends at Fromental to help make that vision a reality.  #WatchThisSpace to see pics of how they along with my colleague Chiara Zanella took the design inspiration that was in my mind and transformed Galerie Vauclair into my reality.

At times my life can seem one step beyond reality – this photo shoot is my invitation for you to join me in this world I inhabit – Lush Decadence.

Our Paris pop-up shop at Galerie Vauclair debuts the TCH Collection during Paris Design Week and Paris Couture Fashion Week. Lounging on a red chaise longue surrounded by an exotic and tropical setting I felt like more than a Diva, I felt like Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra!

Lush Decadence Paris Pop-Up Shop | Toma Clark Haines | The Antiques Diva

My jewelry collection is inspired by my travels and love of antiques. I incorporate aspects of nature in my pieces. All of this combined to make Galerie Vauclair the ideal setting to officially launch the TCH Collection in a Paris pop-up shop. Laurence and Denis Vauclair-Rouquette, the founder of Galerie Vauclair, have developed a reputation for being at the epicenter of artistic life in Paris; their exhibitions offer a blend of originality, fantasy and glamour – the very qualities I want the Lush Decadence to bring to the women and men who collect it. 

The TCH Collection offers one-of-a-kind, bespoke semi-precious and precious couture jewelry. All pieces in the collection are handmade and personally designed by me and my business partner, May Au of Madame Siam. Our studio accepts personalizations to pieces in the collection and custom designs, which we translate into wearable art. 

I admit it: I’m a jewelry addict, and my first collection features rings: 

I Believe I Can Fly | TCH Collection - Lush Decadence Couture Jewelry by Toma Clark Haines
I Believe I Can Fly 

“Rings are my favorite accessory. They are the thing I wear for myself. When I wear a ring I see it all day long, typing on my computer, driving my car or enjoying a cocktail.

 

Just 10 years ago De Beers launched an advertising campaign, ‘Women of the World Raise your Right Hand’. The promotion signified power and independence, and encouraged women to buy jewelry for themselves. 

 

Naming each ring is an important part of my design process – two of my personal favorites in the collection are I Believe I Can Fly and The Diva Knuckle Buster. I want to continue that message of personal empowerment — at a price that is affordable luxury.” 

The TCH Collection Paris pop-up show will debut during Paris Design Week in January 2018, with a series of launch events at Galerie Vauclair:

Launch Events
TCH Collection – Lush Decadence
Couture Jewelry by Toma Clark Haines

PARIS • LONDON • AMSTERDAM • VENICE • DUBAI • BANGKOK • NEW YORK 

Press Launch:
Lush Decadence:  A Conversation with Vogue Contributing Editor Lynn Yaeger
6 – 8pm January 17, 2018

Toma Clark Haines and Lynn YaegerOpen House:

Afternoon Tea with Toma Clark Haines & Laurence Vauclair
2 – 4pm, January 18, 2018

Vernissage: Une Américain à Paris
6 – 8 pm January 19, 2018

TCH Collection Pop-Up Shop:
January 17 – March 18, 2018

Where:
Galerie Vauclair
24 rue de Beaune
75007 Paris  France
www.galerie-vauclair.fr

Galleries carrying the TCH Collection include: 

Negotiations are underway for distributors in New York City, Miami/Key West, Dallas and San Francisco. To become a distributor contact me: toma@TCHcollection.com. 

To view select pieces and to learn more about the TCH Collection – Lush Decadence Couture Jewelry by Toma Clark Haines read the press release, or follow us:

á bientôt 

Toma – #JewelryAddict 

 

 

London Art Antiques & Interiors Fair: 2018 Trends in Antiques from The Antiques Diva

After returning home from Thailand for the holidays – and one last trip to visit my workshop in Bangkok before the launch of the TCH Collection – my first business trip in 2018 will be to London for the London Art Antiques & Interiors Fair at ExCel. Whether you are a dealer, collector, interior designer or design lover this Fair is a great way to start the new year with  #DesignInspiration – and add find some truly special pieces. Hope to see you in London! 

Toma Clark Haines The Antiques Diva Day 1 of the London Art Antiques & Interiors Fair 12 January 2018 

Toma Clark Haines is The Antiques DivaLondon Art Antiques & Interiors Fair is a new style art and antiques Fair bringing together 100 specialist dealers showcasing over 30,000 unusual and desirable items from classic to contemporary. The fair is an ideal shopping destination for those searching for that perfect piece to add to their collection or simply looking for a statement piece; as well as those on the hunt for items to decorate their home. 

“I’ve made it my mission to make antiques modern, relevant, fun and sexy! The London Fair is leading the way in demonstrating that antiques are for everyone – 

Toma will introduce the Fair to visitors with a walking tour of booths, dealers and special events and speakers : 

 

Friday, January 12 2018 learn more 

    • 12:30-2:30pm
      The Antiques Diva Up Close and Personal Champagne Walking Tour
      Featuring highlights of the London Art Antiques & Interiors Fair
      Sign Up for the Walking Tour Here
    • 3:30pm
      Ribbon Cutting and Champagne Toast at Scarab Antiques Booth 
      Scarab Antiques Booth Hosts the Ribbon-Cutting of The TCH Collection – Lush Decadence Couture Jewelry by Toma Clark Haines

2018 Trend Forecast: Trends in Antiques 

I was interviewed by the London Arts & Antiques Fair on what trends in antiques I predict for 2018:

What do you think will prove popular in 2018 when it comes to antiques?
Chinoiserie Chic! I’m picturing pagoda’s popping up everywhere as designers look towards the East for their Global Design Inspiration. More and more Asian antiques are taking places of prominence in peoples as homes as the design world looks East for inspiration. As interiors become more minimal – clean-lined Asian antiques are a perfect way to add patina without creating visual cacophony. I’m seeing – for this same reason –  a rise in Art Deco furniture as well as Empire-style chests of drawers. People want the gravitas of antiques even in modern decor. When thinking how to make antiques modern – it’s all about the mix.  

When thinking how to make antiques modern – it’s all about the mix.  

The future of antiques is brighter than ever before. Whereas antiques use to be all about period rooms for a select few people – today antiques are for everyone. People will use antiques in unexpected ways and in unexpected places –  from chandeliers in the bathroom to 18th-century mirrors in the kitchen. Repurposing and reusing stays en vogue as the green movement becomes de rigeur. Antiques are Green – and as millennials catch the wave of this realization – I predict by the 2020’s antiques will become the next “Ikea” — aka, the go-to choice for first homeowners decorating their space.  

antiques will become the next “Ikea” — aka, the go-to choice for first homeowners

For now – it’s all about function – antique buyers want pieces with purpose. On our buying tours farmhouse and monastery tables continue to be top sellers as will French bergères and guéridons.

Last but not least I believe 2018 is going to be about glamour and drama – it’s the #DivaLifestyle after all. Art will be oversized statement pieces and baby, gilt is coming back. All I want for Christmas is a little NeoClassical glimmer. Happy Noel. 

What tips would you give to a novice antique shopper?
In the words of Nike – Just Do It. First-time antique buyers often hesitate when shopping for antiques because they are afraid. Am I getting the right price? Is it the real deal? MeanwhileHigh Street shoppers tend to do impulse purchases. My advice  – if you love it, if the price is a price you’re willing to pay, just do it. Research has proven our best decisions are made in a blink so when you’re struck dumb by coupe de foudre – love at first sight of that perfect antique – trust your blink and buy what you love.  

Secondly – don’t be afraid to admit what you don’t know. Ask questions. Dealers love to talk about their inventory – and admitting areas where your knowledge is weak allows you the opportunity to bond with the dealer… which might just result in additional discounts. The better relationship you have with your antiques dealer, the better the price becomes.

Third, always, always ask for a discount. An easy softball pitch way to ask the question is, “Is t

What’s best to invest in at this current time do you think?
The best thing to invest in at the moment 16th and 17th-Century Flemish cabinets, cupboards and armoires are priced at an all-timelow. But Baby, brown is coming back! Buy up a piece of history with pedigree pieces and laugh all the way to the bank, as you cash in on your returns in the next decade when the prices on these 300, 400, and 500-year-old pieces return to their proper place in the price pendulum. 

brown is coming back

Meet the Experts 

In addition to myself, the London Art Antiques & Interiors Fair features several antiques and interiors experts who also share their trend forecasts:

Mark Hill, BBC’s Antiques Roadshow

Third, always, always ask for a discount. An easy softball pitch way to ask the question is, “Is t

What’s best to invest in at this current time do you think?
The best thing to invest in at the moment 16th and 17th-Century Flemish cabinets, cupboards and armoires are priced at an all-timelow. But Baby, brown is coming back! Buy up a piece of history with pedigree pieces and laugh all the way to the bank, as you cash in on your returns in the next decade when the prices on these 300, 400, and 500-year-old pieces return to their proper place in the price pendulum. 

brown is coming back

Meet the Experts 

In addition to myself, the London Art Antiques & Interiors Fair features several antiques and interiors experts who also share their trend forecasts:

Mark Hill, BBC’s Antiques Roadshow

What specialist advice and top tips do you have for anyone looking to source antiques in 2018?

The only rule for 2018 is that all rules are off.  We buy antiques today because they appeal immediately to our eyes and hearts, and then they enrich our minds.  Before, interiors were strictly defined – from the Georgian dining room to the ubiquitous ‘shabby chic’ French…

Joanna Hardy, Independent Jewellery Consultant

What are your anticipated jewellery trends for 2018?

Whatever Meghan wears! Because her engagement ring is made of diamonds there will most likely be a resurgence of diamonds as people do seem to be swayed by what they see those in the public eye wearing.  Also the rise in popularity of pearls.  The royal family…

Judith Miller, BBC’s Antiques Roadshow

What are your anticipated interior trends for 2018?

It’s fair to say that we are still in the lure of 20th-century design, whether it’s mid-century Scandinavian ceramics and glass or Art Deco style.  I’ve noticed that people are undoubtedly becoming more and more confident about combining the old with the new

 

Introducing the TCH COLLECTION: Bold Jewelry for Your Inner Diva

Toma Clark Haines wearing I Believe I Can Fly: Signature Piece of the TCH Collection
Photo Credit Susanna Ollmann, Ollmann Creative 

I have a secret. It’s my super power. I can fly. Or at least I believe I can fly. As a child my parents always encouraged me. You can do whatever you set your mind to. They gave me roots and they gave me wings. And because they believed in me, I believed in me.

I sometimes think I must not have been like other kids. When a school teacher asked us to draw where we were going to live when grew up – my classmates drew pictures of white A-frame houses with 2 windows and a door. I drew a  palazzo with neo-gothic windows and a gondola parked out front. And when my teacher said… “But Toma no one really lives in Venice…” Little 6 year old me said, “Don’t be ridiculous… of course, they do.”

Incidentally, as an adult two of my Diva Guides Chiara and Orseola live in Venice (and yes… Dear Kindergarten Teacher… the city has a population of 40,000 residents). Now I travel to Venice 6 or 7 times a year for work and pleasure (because really work in Venice is actually pleasure) and through my job as CEO of The Antiques Diva & Co I travel the world – Venice and beyond.

TCH Collection by Toma Clark Haines - bold jewelry for your inner diva

As a child that was my fantasy. To be a traveler. I would sit on the floor behind my fathers LazyBoy perusing a stack of National Geographics. I didn’t just study the far away places – but the clothes people wore, their accessories. I still remember the Long Neck Susans, that tribe in Thailand with elongated necks stacked high with necklace after necklaces. And fabulous chunky ethnic necklaces dangling on midnight black skin between bare breasts as a child suckled somewhere in the Congo. I snuck in the room to watch Dallas with my mother and didn’t just love the high fashion (and hair) but also the giant rocks and baubles. A diamond is forever, even if JR isn’t.

In university I studied abroad in London – I realized I couldn’t buy all the big pieces I wanted to commemorate my travels… but I could buy jewelry. It was small. Perfectly packable. Later when I would be complimented on my accessories, I would say “Thank you. I bought it in London.” Jewelry became a way of talking about my travels. The diva version of the souvenir t-shirt…  And it also became an expression of me.

I love earrings and necklaces – the bigger the better. But once I put them on… I never see them again. I wear them for other people to see. But when I wear rings, I personally am able to enjoy them. All day long, whether I’m driving in my car, taking notes at a meeting, working on my laptop, or simply lingering at the end of the day over a cocktail… I see my hands.

I wear rings for me.   

As many of you know I’m in a time of transition in my personal life… A time when some unexpected things have happened that I didn’t plan and I am learning how to respond and adapt to changing life circumstances. One of the things I’ve taken time to reflect on is what do I really want out of life. I love my job at The Antiques Diva & Co – and I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. But somehow I want something more. Sometimes perhaps I’ve felt lost behind The Antiques Diva. The Antiques Diva is a persona, based very clearly on me and my most exaggerated traits – but The Diva is ultimately a brand. I am Toma Clark Haines.  

 

TCH Collection by Toma Clark Haines - bold jewelry for your inner diva

Since I was a child I’ve wanted to be a jewelry designer. Pre-Pinterest I’ve torn images from magazines that inspired me. I’ve sketched designs on napkins when I’m sitting in a cafe and see a broach on the woman at the table next to me. Or have imagined drawer pulls as earrings. And I’ve bought vintage pieces and pondered how I could adapt necklaces to be the perfect length. This January 2018 I will be officially launching a new business in conjunction with The Antiques Diva & Co – the TCH COLLECTION – my very own jewelry line based upon years of being a traveling fashionista. Working with some of our favorite antique dealers, interior design showrooms and concept stores selling our line of jewelry cross promoting with our current following in the antique arena.

The Palm Beach - TCH Collection
The Palm Beach – TCH Collection

 

Moonstruck - TCH Collection
Moonstruck – TCH Collection
Diva Cupcake TCH Collection
Diva Cupcake – TCH Collection 
The Rock Star 2 - TCH Collection
The Rock Star 2 – TCH Collection 

Jewelry Photography by José Manuel Alorda 

In taking the decision to launch a second business I am taking a chance –– a gamble – on something new. The one thing I have learned as CEO of my core company – The Antiques Diva & Co – is that there is only one secret to success. In order to be successful you simply have to keep on doing whatever it is you do. Success comes to those who are willing to first take a step forward. Success stays with those who keep stepping forward every day.

And so I ask you to join me as I take my first step forward in this new journey. This week at Antiques For Everyone at the NEC in England, Alan and Sue Poultney of Scarab Antiques are also taking a chance on me – they are the first to market and distribute the TCH COLLECTION.

If you’re shopping Antiques for Everyone in England this week – stop by and see the collection first hand.  (pun intended).

Antiques For Everyone Summer

ANTIQUES FOR EVERYONE

Antiques for Everyone is the largest and most established vetted art, interiors and antiques fair outside of London. Buy with confidence from an inspiring array of eclectic categories of beautiful, unusual and rare objects from antiquity to the present day.

The Summer Antiques for Everyone Fair is taking place Thursday 20 – Sunday 23 July 2017

Our official launch of the TCH COLLECTION  – complete with website and full photography of the collection – will be January 2018. In the meantime follow me on Instagram @TCH_COLLECTION. I’m excited to announce we do have our first 3 retailers – alongside Scarab Antiques we have one in Paris and another in Amsterdam. Stay tuned for more details. If you’re interested in being a distributor of the TCH COLLECTION email me toma@antiquesdiva.com.
TCH Collection by Toma Clark Haines - bold jewelry for your inner diva
In the meantime, if you’re dying to shop the TCH Collection – contact Scarab Antiques – they’ve listed several of my pieces on their website!!! Or email Alan and Sue at dungbeetleantique@btinternet.com.
Go Live Your Dreams,
Toma Clark Haines – The Antiques Diva