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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.

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

 

Violet’s Volition

Dear Diva Readers,

As a woman entrepreneur myself, I’m always excited when fellow female friends start their own businesses. When these businesses have to do with antiques, vintage pieces, or design in any way, I’m that much more thrilled! My friend Rebecca Vicars is one of those friends who has recently launched Violet’s Volition, which is an online curated collection of vintage and designer pieces, primarily featuring textiles and fashion.

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As a lifelong lover of vintage textiles and design, Rebecca hand-selects each piece, looking for quality, wearability, and uniqueness. Stylish pieces for men and women can be found on her website, along with links to her Etsy and Ebay stores.

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Violet’s Volition, Rebecca Vicars, Vintage Fashion, Vintage Clothing, Vintage Jewelry, Online Curated Collections, Vintage Textiles, Pop-up Shop, Brooklyn Artists and Flea

Violet’s Volition, Rebecca Vicars, Vintage Fashion, Vintage Clothing, Vintage Jewelry, Online Curated Collections, Vintage Textiles, Pop-up Shop, Brooklyn Artists and Flea

Rebecca takes pride in creating and maintaining a store that makes the most sustainable choice at every junction. Every garment is hand cleaned using non-toxic, eco-conscious (when available, fair trade) solvents and kept in a smoke free environment and most pieces are comprised of natural fibers. Buying vintage makes a difference by saving natural resources and energy invested in the making of these garments. In addition to the environmental benefits, Rebecca donates a percentage of sales to various causes and helping those in need. Currently she’s donating 20% to Pushpa in Nepal, who has built a home and early education center for children whose mothers have been imprisoned.

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Violet’s Volition, Rebecca Vicars, Vintage Fashion, Vintage Clothing, Vintage Jewelry, Online Curated Collections, Vintage Textiles, Pop-up Shop, Brooklyn Artists and Flea

Violet’s Volition, Rebecca Vicars, Vintage Fashion, Vintage Clothing, Vintage Jewelry, Online Curated Collections, Vintage Textiles, Pop-up Shop, Brooklyn Artists and Flea

If you’re a vintage fashion lover, you can also learn about the sustainability of vintage, green living and inspirations relating to violet (the flower AND the color) and also the concept of volition on her blog. If you follow the blog, you’ll receive an update when she posts new items. You can also sign up at the website to receive a newsletter.

Violet’s Volition, Rebecca Vicars, Vintage Fashion, Vintage Clothing, Vintage Jewelry, Online Curated Collections, Vintage Textiles, Pop-up Shop, Brooklyn Artists and Flea

Violet’s Volition, Rebecca Vicars, Vintage Fashion, Vintage Clothing, Vintage Jewelry, Online Curated Collections, Vintage Textiles, Pop-up Shop, Brooklyn Artists and Flea

If you’ll be in the New York area this month on September, 26-27, Violet’s Volition will have a pop-up shop at the Brooklyn Artists and Flea so stop by and say hello!

Be stylish,

The Antiques Diva® 

London Fashion Week

Dear Diva Readers,

Whenever I’m in London, I always try to pop in to Grays Antiques. Grays & the Mews are home to London’s largest and most diverse collection of fine antiques, luxury jewelry, watches, silver, antiquities and much more. Located seconds from Bond Street, Grays is a major facet of the London antiques trade and houses over 200 of its finest art and antique dealers. With London Fashion Week just around the corner, Grays is hosting a special event, ‘Celebrating Vintage Fashion’: a pre-Fashion Week Show at Grays on Thursday  September 10th, from 12pm – 5pm with shows on the hour. The event will showcase the very best of vintage fashion at Vintage Modes, Grays, while also getting you in the London Fashion week mood. They’ll be showing vintage designs from the likes of Chanel, Biba, Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, and Ossie Clark in a carefully curated catwalk show. Be still my heart!

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The choreographed show will feature professional models and music, with everything on display being one-of- a-kind, as well as illustrating the stunning craftsmanship that is synonymous with vintage items. I’m told that not only will you be able to view the items, you will also be able to try on and even take home pieces of your fancy, all while sipping on complimentary bubbly! If this isn’t a Diva’s dream, I don’t know what is!

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The Vintage Modes dealers – located downstairs in Grays Mews – will present a vast selection of items that you may have seen in magazines as they are often used by stylists for high profile photoshoots and worn by celebrities such as Kate Moss, Chloe Sevigny, Cara Delevigne and Suki Waterhouse.

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Grays Antiques, The Mews, Celebrating Vintage Fashion, Vintage Modes, Vintage Jewelry, Antiques Diva, Costume Jewelry, C-Atomic, Leonora Boutique, Arabella Bianco, Gillian Horsup, Linda Bee, London Fashion Week

Arabella Bianco and Gillian Horsup have extensive collections of costume jewelry, which are frequently featured in magazines such as Vogue, The Financial Times, Dazed and Stylist Magazine. June Victor also has a stunning range of 20th century vintage fashion with a focus on printed dresses and resplendent separates, while Geeta Handa from C-Atomic specializes in handmade 70s inspired silhouettes with an ethnic twist. In addition Mary Homes from Leonora Boutique has a passion for bohemian style clothing, her rails are adorned with velvet devore kimonos and unique wedding dresses. Linda Bee who often gives talks on the LBC Radio and is located on the ground floor of Grays Mews, will also be featured. She has a colorful array of costume jewelry, handbags, and accessories from renowned jewelry designers such as Kenneth Lane and Miriam Haskell, with a focus on the Egyptian revival period.

If you love fashion, then London is the place to be during fashion week. But if you love vintage fashion like I do, then Grays is the place to be on September 10th! For more information on the event or on taking an Antiques Diva Buying Tour in London, email us at info@gmail.com.

Stylishly yours,

The Antiques Diva®  

Where to Buy Antique Jewelry in Europe

Dear Diva Readers,

Here at The Antiques Diva & Co we have resources galore when it comes to antiquing in Europe whether you’re looking for architectural salvage, 18th century French furniture vintage fashion, garden items, and more. In fact, once clients tell us what they’re looking for, we custom plan their tours in order to make the most of their time. We recently had an inquiry about antique jewelry – and while I personally am not an expert on jewelry that didn’t stop me from coming up with an answer. What’s so great about my company is that it’s not just me…. we’re not called The Antiques Diva & Co for nothing. The “Co” in Antiques Diva & Co have a wealth of experience and resources that stretch beyond my own bejeweled fingertips. So when a client wanted to know where to buy antique jewelry in Europe I went straight to my Diva Guides to find out what they would suggest when it comes to sourcing antique & vintage jewelry in Europe.

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The question the client posed was… “Are there dedicated jewelry shows or fairs? Where can clients find a good assortment of pieces”? So many questions, but of course, we’ve got the answers and I want to share some of them with you!

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Our Belgian Diva Guide Lucretia is a collector of antique jewelry herself so she is always looking for specialized shops with great bargains in Belgium and Holland. She says, “Every Antiques Fair like TEFAF in Maastricht, PAN in Amsterdam or Art Breda, has a fairly large selection of jewelry dealers, but be prepared to pay higher prices for high end pieces. Small antiques fairs are probably much better to find attractively priced jewels.” She tells us that there happens to be a special fair coming up soon in the Netherlands which is totally dedicated to jewels. It will be June 12 -14, in Driebergen, near Utrecht. It is a relatively small show with only 25 participants, but the inventory will be quality—if you are a serious collector, it’s the place to go.

Now – here’s the inside scoop…. while I love shopping a fair – it’s the fastest way to see the best quality inventory in one locale – if you like digging for a bargain the best places to buy vintage and antique jewelry are auctions. This is where you’ll find the best deals. Almost every major city in the Netherlands has an auction house, many of them also sell on-line.

Here’s Our Dutch Auction House Resource List:

De Zwaan, in Amsterdam

De Eland, Diemen

Van Stockums, in Den Haag

Oprechte Veiling, in Haarlem

Veilinghuis Peerdeman, in Utrecht

Venduehuis der Notarissen, Den Haag

Dickhaut, in Maastricht

Van Zadelhoff, Hilversum

Van Spengen, Hilversum

Onder de Boompjes, Leiden

Twents Veilinghuis, in Enschede

Notarishuis, in Rotterdam

And of course Christie’s is still active in Amsterdam, and has special jewelry auctions which always contain high quality items.

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Gail, our Antiques Diva Agent in England, says while there aren’t any specialist jewelry shows in the UK, there are a few places she’d recommend to source antique jewelry. Grays Antiques in London is something of an institution in the antiques trade –  It’s located in the heart of Mayfair and houses about 150 exhibitors. From vintage to very high end jewels, Grays houses a nice concentration of antique jewelry dealers under one roof. She also advises checking websites of national antiques fairs to see if antique jewelry dealers will be selling at upcoming shows – the best place to find out about what antique shows are going on in England is Gail’s own website Antique News and Fairs.

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Diva Guides Lucretia and Gail

And our Paris Guides Debbie, Danielle, Katie & Jennifer, don’t want you to forget that in Paris, of course,  there is the famous Hotel Drouot Auction House.  While I LOVE Drouot for vintage fashion and haute couture you can also pick up gorgeous pieces of antique jewels here going, going, going, for a song!

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And there you have it! What I love about my Diva Guides is that no matter what the challenge, they always come up with solutions and answers for our clients. By being locally based and well versed in a variety of sources, our guides across 8 countries possess a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the antiques trade. If you have questions about sourcing antiques in Europe, please email us at info@antiquesdiva.com. We’d love to help plan a tour!

Bonne Shopping!

The Antiques Diva® 

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