Archive for Jewelry

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

 

The New Additions

Posted in Obsessions with tags , , , , , on February 3, 2013 by James Field

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Just in time for accessorizing your Fashion Week ensembles  Sergio James presents some new colors for our staple handcrafted bracelets. Called the “Onarch Collection” its a departure  from the iconic “JO” pieces and brings some much needed color infusion into the brand.

All the sets shown are sold for $30.00 and can be found directly at http://www.SergioJames.com

Add a little color to your wardrobe this season.

 

Images by Curtis Bryant

 

The Contra Mundum Performance x Daphne Guinness

Posted in Art Nouveau with tags , , , , , , , , on July 3, 2011 by James Field

Daphne Guinness is my hero. Yes, that is a strong statement but its true. Aside from being the heiress to the brewery empire, she is a true artist in every sense of the word. From the release of her short film “The Murder of Jean Seberg” to many of her own pieces on display at the current Alexander McQueen exhibition at the Met, to her outstanding performance in the windows of Barney’s in her customer made feather Mcqueen dress, she holds the highest bar when it comes to creativity. Her latest project consisted of making jewelry, and not just any piece of jewelry, a diamond glove. Taking over 2 years to create and designed and part owned by world-renowned jeweller Shaun Leane, Daphne entitled the armoured glove Contra Mundum, which is latin for ‘against the world.” Guinness revels in the idea of armour as she states “I dislike the idea of jewellery being like a price tag around someone’s neck. It needs to be something else – and there is something extremely magical about armour.” The piece is crafted from white gold and platinum and features over 5,000 diamonds including bird shapes woven intricately into it. It is a true marvel of artisan jewelry crafting and there is absolutely nothing like it in the world. The arm was molded to fit Guinness’s arm exactly and she recently showed the glove off in a small  performance at the White Cube gallery in New York.

Guinness laid on a stone effigy in the middle of the White Cube gallery for over 2 hours while observers and guests watched the performance. Her good friend Tom Ford was in attendance and leaned in to give her a kiss, which was meant to be an honorable act for a deceased loved one, they even shared a smile. Guinness wore her custom-made, crystal body suit which was one of the last pieces ever made by her beloved friend, the late Alexander Mcqueen. The eerie and morbid feel of the performance was off set by the sheer beauty and skill Guinness exudes. The glove is on display at the White Cube gallery and will be also featured in the Daphne Guinness exhibition with F.I.T in September.

Collard Effects

Posted in Obsessions with tags , , , , on July 1, 2011 by James Field

Noir Black Rhodium Collar

Current Obession

Bevel Nyc

Posted in Obsessions with tags , , , , , , on October 10, 2010 by James Field
Bevel Trophy Tree Modern Necklace $740

Current Obsession

So today I had the pleasure of meeting Jonathan Goldstein, designer of  the New York jewelry brand, Bevel. His unique brand of jewelry features exquisitely crafted pieces which definitely caught my interest. The pieces are sleek, modern and sexy, and I would totally rock all of them. This necklace above is one of favorites from the current collection. Also check out the new FW10 Collection video for Bevel below.


Bevelnyc.com

The Gold Collar

Posted in Obsessions with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 27, 2010 by James Field

 

Dean Davidson 18kt Gold Vermeil Collar Piece

Current Obsession

This past week at Henri Bendel, they played host to the trunk show of Dean Davison. The Canadian based designer has been featured in Vogue, Elle Magazine, O Magazine and countless others due to his amazing jewelry designs. Simple yet elegant, timeless yet trendy, his pieces aim to please the fashion forward. Beautiful polished gold, set with precious stones with organic and seemless shapes, create a chic and classic look. The gold collar piece featured above was my absolute favorite of the collection. It was a pleasure meeting Dean this past week and I hope to see him again soon, and his beautiful creations!

Feel free to visit Deandavidson.ca  for more information. 

James