The new destination is Chicago for retailers and consumers who are looking for a selection that dates back to the 18th century through the mid 20th century. It is being held at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel &Towers, April 20-22nd, Hours: Friday and Saturday 11AM-7PM and Sunday 11AM-6PM.
Over 100 exhibitors are showing their wares which include Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian/Belle Epoque, Art Deco and Retro '40s. There are also some dealers that are showing some recognizable styles from the '70s through '80s by Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co. and other collectible names. Speaking of names there are many signed pieces from renowned houses that go back in time to the artful craftsmanship and definining styles Castellani, Giuliano and then make our way into the 20th centuries finest names from Edwardian through Art Deco with pieces by Cartier, Tiffany &Co., Van Cleef & Arpel and post war years of David Webb.
There is definitely something for everyone in varying price points, whether you are buying for your store or yourself and whether you tastes run from tremblant earrings in floral motifs with mine cut diamonds, enameled and moonstone Art Noveau pin with diamond accents to lavish art deco diamond necklaces to bakelite bracelets and brooches.
Exhibitors seemed happy and the general mood was that of optimism for the upcoming days of the show.
Said, Ronald Katwitzky of D.K. Bressler Antiques & Co., a New York dealer with a refined eye and wonderfully historical collections, "it's early in the show yet but this is definitely a market that has been untapped up until now and I definitely see growing and evolving." Other retailers echoed his sentiments. Lenore Dailey of Lenore Dailey Fine Antique Jewelry said "in order for the market to grow you have to be part of pushing it along and be willing to take a chance. With only three hours into the show, we are already seeing a strong reaction."
The other exhibitors I spoke with all had a strong feeling for the producers of the show and have all either done one or more of their events.
From a business perspective, antique jewelry that is in it's original condition, pieces that are reflective of the times their were made and those with a provenance all appreciate in value and are investments at a time when gold fluctuates and diamonds keep rising in price. "These are true works of master jewelers and they are one of a kind which are key in the fine jewelry marketplace." Kawitzky added. As far as trends go: estate and vintage looks are in. In the past we focused on one particular period but now we seem to be running the gamut and mixing up different styles and eras.
If you are going to head over to the show: Here are my picks for not to be missed exhibitors: Sue Brown, Lenore Dailey Fine Antique Jewelry, D.K. Bressler & Co., Gary Lindberg Antique Jewels, Phenomenal Jewels, Jacob's Diamond and Estate Jewelry and European Arts & Antiques.
Here is a sampling of what you will find:
Lenor Daily Fine Antique Jewelry.
Jacob's Diamond and Estate Jewelry.
D.K. Bressler & CO.