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Nouveau Spotlight: The 26th Annual International Fine Art & Antique Show

Posted in Nouveau Spotlight with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 20, 2014 by James Field

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“I adore wearing gems, but not because they are mine. You can’t possess radiance, you can only admire it.”

-Elizabeth Taylor

This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending the 26th Annual International Fine Art & Antique show at the Park Avenue Armory on 67th street. Talk about a dose of awesome! This place was packed with vendors from all over the world showing off their wears, ranging from 16th century tapestries, 18th century Indian art work, swords, sculpture, and of course fine jewelry.

I was dazzled by the fine collections of Hancocks of London, Kentshire, Epoque Fine Jewels, and so many more. To see the mesmerizing array of diamonds, emeralds, rubies, sapphires and the like up close was truly a treat and a major inspiration for my work. One of my greatest goals is to become a fine jewelry designer and dealer, and by taking in the sights such as this show, my passion only grows.

Some of the highlights for me were the incredibly detailed and delicate vintage jewelry pieces from the house’s of Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Schumberger for Tiffany’s & Co.

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THE DUCHESS OF WINDSOR, WALLIS SIMPSON, AMETHYST, TURQUOISE AND DIAMOND BRACELET, CARTIER, 1954

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Hey that’s me looking creepy lol

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I enjoyed playing the game of “Guess what gem this is” with many of the vendors and was even allowed to try on a few pieces. Whenever I am around people that are knowledgeable in something that I wish to become knowledgeable in, I almost always ask as many questions as possible. Its a great way to learn, memorize and draw inspiration when visiting exhibitions, trade shows etc.

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I adore these floral brooches of rubies, diamonds and sapphires, one of which (the bottom left blue carnation) belonged to the famous fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli!

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Ancient Egyptian Semi Precious Stone Necklaces

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I had a wonderful time and I wish to thank the lovely vendors and staff who made my trip such a special one.

I would also like to thank Natalie from Jewels du Jour for the tickets, thank you so much!

If you wish to check out the show, it will be at the Park Avenue Armory at 67th Street until Oct 23rd.

Visit Jewels du Jour they are giving a way a limited amount of free tickets!

Thank you all for reading.

J.F

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L’Amour de Bijoux: The Love of Jewels

Posted in Art Nouveau, Nouveau Spotlight, Obsessions with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 2, 2014 by James Field
The 41 carat "Dresden Green" is the largest naturally green diamond to date.

The 41 carat “Dresden Green” is the largest naturally green Diamond to date.

 

I believe that my love of jewelry design, art and style began when I was a young boy. I remember subtle things such as my mothers engagement ring of white gold and black onyx that my father gave her. I thought it was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen! So chic on her finger and so timeless at the same time. From then on, I would say my mother and her love of jewelry sparked something in my own creative soul.

My mother traveled to Kuwait on a business trip when I was young boy. While she was there she acquired the most beautiful diamond and ruby ring of about 2 carats. I had never seen anything like it, and I dare didn’t asked how much is cost. The irony is that even though I purchased her a small pink sapphire pendant necklace as a gift on the day of her return, her ring was absolutely stunning and I have fallen in love with jewelry design ever since.

So without further ado, this is my Love of Jewels.

Bahadur Shah Zafar II India (Delhi), Mughal, c. 1850 Watercolors on ivory

Bahadur Shah Zafar II
India (Delhi), Mughal, c. 1850
Watercolors on ivory

 

One of my greatest inspirations will always be the great Mughal Emperors of India. The splendor and grandeur of their Pearls, Emeralds, Silks, Diamonds, Rubies and Sapphires rivaled that of any King in the world. They looked so regal and exalted that all who saw them knew, they were royalty and should as such adorn themselves accordingly.

Turban Ornament India (West Bengal), Mughal, c. 1755 Gold, set with diamonds, rubies, a sapphire, Colombian emeralds and a pearl.

Turban Ornament
India (West Bengal), Mughal, c. 1755
Gold, set with diamonds, rubies, a sapphire, Colombian emeralds and a pearl.

 

I love the elegance that something like this Turban Ornament gives to the wearer. As an option this item could also be styled as a brooch on a great jacket. Great jewelry design for me is about timeless design and the highest quality of gemstones, and also versatility.

 

Mango-shaped rock crystal Flask India, Mughal, mid-17th century Rock crystal; set with gold, enamel, rubies, and emeralds

Mango-shaped rock crystal Flask
India, Mughal, mid-17th century
Rock crystal; set with gold, enamel, rubies, and emeralds

 

This whimsical and charming flask is from the time of Shah Jahan, the Emperor who built the Taj Mahal in the 17th century. This is a truly wonderful example of imagination and the mix of timeless design, exceptional taste, and quality materials.

My collection grows.

My collection grows.

 

Though my collection is certainly not on the level of the Great Emperors of India whom I admire, it still holds dear to my heart. Most of my pieces are vintage or hand crafted using emeralds, gold, pearls and silver. I hope to one day expand my collection to higher end pieces with more historical importance. My collection is a mix of vintage, gifted and purchased items with the silver rhinestone panther ring and brooch both being vintage finds for example, and the silver beaded bracelet with black onyx, a gift from my mother.

The long adored and cherished pearl is my zodiac birthstone, so the two strand freshwater pearl bracelet is something I was lucky enough to find at a vintage jewelry fair in New York City. The emerald stone and pearl bracelet with matching silver and emerald stone ring where hand-made for me in India and are my latest additions. The black rhinestone bracelet was a gift, and the gold Damascene bracelet next to it, a purchase on trip to Miami, Florida. The gold floral scroll cuff was an online vintage find, and the gold Damascene bracelet above it a vintage fair find as well.

Lauren Hutton by Milton Greene, 1966

Lauren Hutton by Milton Greene, 1966

 

I absolutely love this classic ad of Lauren Hutton dripping in jewels. I wish to one day create quality of this nature. I formerly owned and produced a jewelry designing brand called Sergio James with an old friend of mine, based out of New York City. We crafted jewelry using simple materials such as wood, spray paint, gold and silver leaf and metal filigree accents. I do miss the times that we created elegant yet simple collections, but its time to move on to more glittering pursuits. My goal is to achieve Master Jeweler status which is a very high honor.

I finally have had time as of late to start crafting and brainstorming jewelry concepts. Check out what I have been working on so far…

I present my little sample collection which I call "The Golden Black Pearl Collection"

I present my little sample collection which I call “The Golden Black Pearl Collection”

 

Yes! I love how they turned out, the are my perfect whimsical items all in gold. The black freshwater pearl is hand-woven with gold wire through a gold feather pendant at the end of a gold and black enamel chain. The diadems are gold bands with gold feather scroll pendants that I have hand-woven with gold wire to form this leaf crest pattern and this branch like design. The set is my perfect royal nod to history. This is only the start and more creations are to come.  I am so happy to FINALLY start designing again. Please stay tuned for more.

 

Thank you all for reading!

Cheers!

James Field

 

Jillian Papa Spring 2012 Collection x Sergio + James

Posted in Art Nouveau with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 12, 2011 by James Field

J.Papa Spring 2012 Fashion Show.

Accessories by Sergio + James
http://www.sergiojames.com/index.html

Music by Dj Lil Ray
http://www.djlilray.com/

Special performance by BUBBLES!
http://www.bubbleswebsite.com/

After party w. the one and only Rob Flow!
http://soundcloud.com/robflow

Cupcakes by Baked Babes
http://bakedbabes.com/

FASHION SHOW 8:30-11
vodka open bar 9
Runway show 10

The Cove NYC

108 N.6th st
Brooklyn, NY

AFTER PARTY 11-4

vodka open bar 11:30

Come out for a great night of fun, dancing and fashion!
Invite friends!
Hope to see you there!

http://www.facebook.com/pages/JPapa/192185104154121

Life Definition x Sergio + James

Posted in Art Nouveau with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 26, 2011 by James Field

As the official launch of Sergio + James draws closer, we have begun to experiment with our concept and continue the idea of branding. The Sergio + James brand represents a multiple of lifestyles to fit every wearer. From the hipsters, to the bookworms, we aim to usher in the feeling of a way of life with our collection.

The groupings above are just a small demonstration of this philosophy, and they feature pieces from the up coming debut collection. Of which you will find:

*The small Jo necklace in high gloss black

*Set of beaded bracelets in high gloss black

*The large Jo necklace in natural wood

*The large Jo necklace in high gloss red

*Set of beaded bracelets in high gloss red and natural wood

With much more to come, we hope you watch out for our official launch as we have worked so hard to create something special for you all. The world of Sergio + James has been crafted out of continuos creative thought and inspiration and we believe that it will blend seamlessly into your everyday life. Stay tuned for there is so much more we wish to share with you!

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Sergio James Spring 2012 Debut Collection coming soon……

The Modern Knight

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 16, 2011 by James Field

This is a superbly shot editorial by renowned fashion photographer Duc Nguyen featuring clothing by his insanely talented brother, New York based menswear designer Ninh Nguyen. Ninh’s work is rapidly growing at a tremendous pace since his introduction.  I know he will do so well, and I whole-heartily support his efforts.

Phenomenal job guys!

Check out more of  Duc Nguyen and visit the Ninh Collection for more information on this emerging artist.

Sergio + James Series 9

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on December 5, 2010 by James Field

Hey guys! Yeah this weather is INSANE and I’m losing my voice as a result! I hope you can make out my raspy muffle and enjoy the episode! Does it look different to you? We did a little magic to enhance the video!

Enjoy!

Formal Education

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on November 23, 2010 by James Field

“Formal Education” shot by  Blair Getz Mezibov and styled by Christopher Campbell for the December 2010 edition of Robb Report.

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