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TCH Collection | Ara Vintage Jewelry

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

 

Sourcing Paris Flea Market for Jewelry Pieces

Dear Diva Readers,

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My personal fashion style is all about accessories. Fab fur stoles, big earrings, big rings, big necklaces… Hmm… I see a pattern here! I once shook hands with a man who commented on my ring… “You must have a really big personality to go along with that rock!” I absolutely adore jewelry – especially unique jewelry and I’m not alone when it comes to wanting one-of-a-kind statement pieces. In addition to helping clients buy antique costume and paste jewelry we also get frequent requests on Antiques Diva Paris Tours from jewelry designers asking for our help sourcing bits and bobs to make jewelry. A recent query got me thinking about all the things that could be used to make special jewelry pieces! Besides, whenever you combine three of my favorite things—antiques, jewelry, and Paris— you’ve got a winning recipe in my book!

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How to Source the Paris Flea Market for Pieces to Make Jewelry

One thing I love about the Paris Flea Market is that you can find anything and everything there. As the official Tour Guides of Paul Bert Serpette, our Diva Guides know the market like the back of their hands. When clients come on tour and are searching for bits and baubles to make jewelry with, we take them to several of our favorite stalls to hunt for just the right pieces.

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When you’re meandering among furniture, chandeliers, taxidermy, and linens, you have to have a keen eye to spot the little boxes filled with jewelry pieces. And it’s important to understand what price point and style you are after. There really is a range available. Some vendors carry turquoise, coral, and sterling which can run a bit higher in price. Other dealers specialize in religious icons, medals, and rosary beads. If you’re looking for really special things, there are places to find them. Why not make a necklace from an antique vinaigrette? These pieces once held vinegar-soaked sponges to block odor if you felt faint, but their intricacy make them ideal pieces for a modern day necklace! Scraps of vintage fabric, buttons, lace trim, and ribbon all make for great crafting projects and can be incorporated into eclectic jewelry items. There are some great stores that sell mini vintage bags and wrapping that make a great finish to wrap your products for sale or as gifts.

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Sourcing Paris Flea Markets for Jewelry Pieces-Vinaigrette fullWe often encourage clients to look for the junk drawers in stalls that don’t specialize in jewelry at all—and these are the stalls where you can really find bargains! In general, if something is locked behind a closed case, it will be more expensive. Rummaging through junk drawers or boxes may require you to wash your hands afterwards, but you’ll come away with some wonderful items at excellent prices! Some clients find the most broken and tarnished items possible, which helps keep the prices low. These people really have a vision for the potential of these disparate pieces and know that once they get them home, they can create beautiful jewelry. If you can think outside the box, you can pick up small sterling purses that tailors once used for keeping pins in and transform them into unique necklaces! It’s all about seeing the possibility behind objects! Perhaps one of the most unique objects we’ve seen turned into jewelry are antique baby items such as teething rings! One client made them into beautiful pendants!

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We also love to take clients to a place in Marché Malassis which is very famous and has beautiful and great quality passementerie, accessoires de mode, perles, and broderies. If time permits, we’ll also visit Porte de Vanves where you can find everything from old coins to medals, charms, silver luggage tags, chatelaine perfume bottle pendants, folding eye glasses, cameos, brooches, and rings. It’s literally like a treasure hunt!

If you’re not heading to Paris and want to buy one of these repurposed necklaces, one of the dealers in the USA who is doing a brilliant job creating inventory from French Finds is French At Heart. Take a look at some of her beautiful creations below and on her Pinterest page!

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If this sounds like your idea of a heavenly day, then the Antiques Diva Paris Tour is for you! Email us at info@antiquesdiva.com for more information and we’d be happy to put together a custom tour just for you!

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Bonne Shopping!

The Antiques Diva®

Aura Jewelry Line from Nancy Price

Dear Diva Readers,

I have several weaknesses in life.. champagne, fast cars and fabulous jewelry!  I’ve a bit of a reputation for over-the-top, larger than life pieces of jewelry (I’ll never forget the man who shook my hand and said “you must have a very big personality to go with that ring!”).  Jewelry puts the finishing touches on any Diva-worthy outfit.  When I saw interior designer Nancy Price and her employees wearing fabulous necklaces, I had to know where she got them! Of course, when you’re a creative personality and one of the top designers in the USA, you don’t just buy your jewelry – you create them! They were actually pieces from Nancy’s own jewelry line, AURA, which incorporates antique elements!  No wonder I loved them. Now you know me… I can’t keep a secret when something is this good. I had to share about the line as I am fascinated with its origin.

Nancy Price Interiors, Interior Designers, Jackson, Mississippi, AURA Jewelry, Repurposed Jewelry, Antique Jewelry,

Nancy Price is based in Jackson, Mississippi. She’s got a keen eye for beauty and has a well-edited style that’s been called “disciplined yet opulent.” No wonder we get along so well! For over 20 years she’s been collecting charms, pendants, beads, reliquaries, and chains from her travels across the globe, and decided it was time to add “Jewelry Designer” to her list of titles. The one-of-a-kind and soulful pieces she creates not only beautify the body but also the home. Too stunning to put in a jewelry drawer, these works of art make a statement simply draped over a book or curled up in a bowl. I am a huge fan of displaying jewelry, and in my own dressing room I allow my jewels to act as decoration! It just pleases me to see everything on display.

Nancy Price Interiors, Interior Designers, Jackson, Mississippi, AURA Jewelry, Repurposed Jewelry, Antique Jewelry,

The jewelry line, AURA, is about appreciating the history, craftsmanship, and inherent beauty in an item. Each one-of-a-kind piece features antique reliquaries, vintage chain, and semi-precious stones. I absolutely adore these three necklaces and asked for more information on each. The first one is a One of a Kind Necklace with Iolite Nuggets, Crowned Flemish Morality Medal, Vintage Brass Chain, Grey Moonstone and Vintage Gold Reliquary Cross.

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The second one is a One of a Kind Necklace featuring raw blue agate with silver aura crucifix, mother of pearl tumbled nuggets, double strand of lace blue agate with silver English watch fob circa 1910, blue french crucifix and small blue agate beads.

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The third one is a One of a Kind Necklace featuring smooth round larimar, vintage brass chain, faceted amazonite, turn of century African trading beads, grey moonstone, and early 19th century hand carved meerschaum reliquary pendant of Our Lord Jesus.

I simply don’t know which one to choose! Alas, I know this is a Diva problem!

If you wish to see one of these or other pieces in person, a selection of Nancy’s extensive offerings can be seen at her studio, Nancy Price Interior Design, located at 3110 Old Canton Road in Jackson, Mississippi’s historic Fondren district and to the trade at the Antique and Design Center of High Point at Market Square. For more information, please contact: Nancy Price Interiors 3110 Old Canton Rd, Jackson, MS 39216 (601) 982-4181.

Thanks for sharing your vision with us, Nancy! You are an inspiration!

The Antiques Diva®   

Antique Dutch Jewels

Dear Diva Readers,

I f there’s one thing a Diva needs, it’s her jewels! And of course, being The Antiques Diva I prefer antique jewels! And there happens to be a source in Amsterdam that has some of the most stunning jewelry including antique Dutch regional pieces—you know, the type that the Queen of the Netherlands wears!

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When walking in Amsterdam, from the Rijksmuseum towards the antiques district of Spiegelstraat, the first antique jeweler on the right is Dekker Antiquairs, and this is where you will find some of the best museum quality inventory. Ron and Dick Verburg-Dekker’s collection includes earrings, brooches, necklaces, rings, and watches that are sure to be coveted by those with discerning taste. Here are a few of my favorite drool-worthy pieces!

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1. Antique Dutch jewelry – Queen Máxima’s earrings
Dekker Antiquairs has a collection of antique Dutch jewellery, mostly 19th century. These jewels were worn by the farmers’ and fishermen’s wives, but nowadays Queen Máxima of the Netherlands wears these glamorous earrings that were not bought at Dekker Antiquairs, but are indeed from this collection. When these type of earrings were made in the mid to late 19th century, there wasn’t much money to purchase expensive gemstones, so the goldsmith would instead spend much time in working the gold. The result is filigrain that looks like golden lace, another status symbol at the time. The limitation in materials brings out the creativity of the goldsmith, who would create intricate patterns. Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, who is Argentinean born, showed her style and sense of history in wearing these earrings: she premiered them in the province where they are from, and the second time in India, a very appropriate country for wearing intricate gold jewelry. It’s lovely that the Argentinian born Queen of the Netherlands has reminded the world of the beauty of these antique Dutch jewels.
For more on Queen Máxima’s earrings, read this in-depth article by Erik Schoonhoven. At €2.750 these gorgeous earrings would be a lovely addition to one’s collection!

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2. Watches
Watches are a speciality of Dekker, i.e. Dick Verburg specifically. This Art Nouveau lady’s pendant watch is a stunning piece. Made in America c.1900-1930, it is adorned with diamonds, rubies, fashionable green demantoid and pearls. Signed Bailey Banks & Biddle means it comes from America’s oldest jeweler and also America’s leading luxury jeweler, with more branches from coast to coast than any other.
Are you a watch collector? Check out this ultra-rare 1954 platinum and diamond Patek Philippe wristwatch that just came in.

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3. Gautrait bracelet
The great jewellers from 19th century Paris is another speciality of Dekker, for example this bracelet by Gautrait which is 18ct gold made up of alternating links both with a jour guirlande motifs decorated with white enamel and chased gold. The delicate design of the bracelet makes it extremely feminine and the detail is just breathtaking!

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4. 19th century gold, diamond and pearl necklace
This French antique 18ct gold necklace from the 19th century is adorned with natural pearls and diamonds. It reflects the opulent glamour of the time, but would make a perfect statement piece of work today. What makes it extra special is that the brooch/pendant is detachable! How fun is that?

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5. 19th century French bird of paradise brooch
How sweet is this French Paradise bird brooch? Comprised of 18k gold, decorated with polychrome translucent enamel and set with rose-cut diamonds, the bird holds a natural pearl.

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Another very special piece that is so Diva-worthy is this 1625 clothing rosette. Dating back to the Renaissance period, this brooch is made of rare jewels from the beginning of the 17th century. Rosettes like this were sown onto garments and into the hair. What’s extra special in this rosette are the chiffre cut diamonds, which have a flat bottom surface and three triangular facets on the top. This produces the optical illusion of 9 facets, while in reality it is only 3.

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If you find yourself in Amsterdam, I certainly recommend stopping into Dekker Antiquairs to take a look at the rest of their impeccable collection. I’m saving my euros in hopes of adding to my own collection soon! For more information on how you can take an Antiques Diva Jewelry Buying Tour, email us at info@antiquesdiva.com.

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Have a stylish day,

The Antiques Diva®

Europe is a Girl’s Best Friend

Dear Diva Readers,

Live in the Pittsburgh area?  Join me Nov 16 11am at Joden Jewelers for intimate, small-group travel discussions on “Europe is a Girl’s Best Friend”.  We’ll discuss where to go, what antiques to buy and where to stay, plus tips on the best places to wine and dine along the way. From Amsterdam to Berlin, London to Paris, Stockholm and beyond… The Antiques Diva has antique shopping and travel tips to guarantee your European Travels are downright diva delicious!

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Joden Jewelers sells antique, estate and modern jewelry – and is both a wholesale and resale jewelry store.  Whether you’re a jeweler, a seasoned connoisseur or simply a person with an eye for beautiful things you will love Joden’s collection of fine antique, estate and modern jewelry.  Their carefully curated collection of estate jewelry is runway worthy for the diva in all of you!

During the discussion we’ll pair the travel talk with an opportunity to try on European vintage and antique jewels from each of the countries under discussion.  To whet your appetite and get this party started I had to share a few of my favorite things…

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England
This suite of fine antique enamel jewelry was made by world renowned jeweler, Carlo Giuliano in London (1835-1895).  He was a favored jeweler to queen Victoria.  To this day his unique enamel work remains unmatched.

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An incredible set of micro mosaic work made by the Petochi brothers, who began their trade in Rome in 1884.  This set is in mint condition.  There are no missing stones, and the surface of the stones have experienced no wear making the colors bright and bold.

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France
A piece of beautiful French Art Nouveau made by jeweler, Leo Garrod.  Each link hand made in 18 karat yellow gold and embellished with blue and white enamel, diamonds, and blue sapphires.

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Germany
This stunning high relief, hard stone cameo was made by German jeweler, W. Lauermein in Mainz.  The delicate frame of the pin has lovely flower motif metal work with tiny seed pearls.  Circa 1890.

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Russia
Wrapped in blue guilloche enamel, this antique cigar case has Russian hallmarks from the late 1800s.  The end of the case is decorated with rose cut diamonds and a cabochon ruby.

Bonne shopping,
The Antiques Diva®

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