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Siegelson’s Ultimate Collection of Jewelry

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If I could name one jeweler whose collection never ceases to amaze me, it would be Lee Siegelson of Siegelson. I have viewed his absolutely exquisite collection on several occasions on his website and I find myself in awe of each remarkable piece every single time.  The collection itself is a work of art worthy of praise; the third-generation jeweler has carefully curated a collection of magnificent jewels, all being of great historic importance or extremely rare beauty.

Belle Époque Diamond and Rock Crystal Corsage Ornament by Cartier, Paris, 1913

Belle Époque Diamond and Rock Crystal Corsage Ornament by Cartier, Paris, 1913

With pieces ranging from the now iconic aquamarine buckle necklace, designed by Fulco di Verdura for Paul Flato, to The Vanderbilt Rose, a stunning diamond brooch by Theodore Fester circa 1855, Siegelson’s extraordinary collection has earned the family-owned business recognition by museum curators, magazine editors, jewelry historians, auction houses and jewelry maisons as a leading source and authority on rare jewelry, gemstones and objects of art.

Belt necklace in aquamarine gems and rubies, designed by Fulco di Verdura for Paul Flato, New-York, circa 1935

Belt necklace in aquamarine gems and rubies, designed by Fulco di Verdura for Paul Flato, New-York, circa 1935

Founded by Louis Siegelson in 1920, the originally Brooklyn-based shop specialized in watches and watch repair.  The switch from watches to diamonds came along when Louis’ son Herman took over the business in the 1940s, moving it to Manhattan’s then thriving 47th Street Diamond District in 1946.  After a few re-locations along 47th Street, Siegelson grew to be one of the more prestigious retail jewelry stores in the area, offering specially designed diamond and precious gemstone jewelry as well as antique and estate pieces.

Siegelson’s Jewelry Shop at 56 West 47th Street

Siegelson’s Jewelry Shop at 56 West 47th Street

Under the direction of Herman’s son Lee, Siegelson is now a “purveyor of the finest diamonds, gemstones and special jewelry and objects of art for high-end retailers across the country and throughout the world,” (source).  Focusing not necessarily on a jewel’s provenance or commercial appeal but rather on its beauty and rarity, Lee has curated one of the world’s finest collections of jewelry that has dazzled many a jewelry enthusiast who have been lucky enough to walk through his office doors at 589 Fifth Avenue.

Siegelson Diamonds - Photos by Doug Rosa © 2012

Siegelson Diamonds – Photos by Doug Rosa © 2012

Inspired by this French Vogue article published yesterday, I’d like to share some of Siegelson’s most impressive pieces.

Gold and Plique-à-Jour Enamel Morning Glory Pendant Brooch by Marcus & Co., New York, circa 1900

Gold and Plique-à-Jour Enamel Morning Glory Pendant Brooch by Marcus & Co., New York, circa 1900

The Vanderbilt Rose:  A Diamond Brooch by Theodore Fester, Paris, circa 1855

The Vanderbilt Rose: A Diamond Brooch by Theodore Fester, Paris, circa 1855

“Consisting of 250 carats of diamonds, the Vanderbilt Rose was created in 1855, it’s original owner was the niece of Napoleon Bonaparte, Princess Mathilde Bonaparte. Known as a bright individual, Mathilde owned one of the most distinguished literary and artistic salons in Paris during the Second Empire. After her death in 1904, the Vanderbilt Rose was auctioned off and sold by Cartier to Cornelius Vanderbilt III. As the “Queen of New York Society,” the jewel became her signature adornment.” (source)

Enamel brooch in rubies, sapphires and yellow diamonds, by Paul Flato, New York, circa 1938

Enamel brooch in rubies, sapphires and yellow diamonds, by Paul Flato, New York, circa 1938

“Made around 1938 from a design dreamed up by Rogers for her friend society jeweler Paul Flato—its rounded, voluptuous shape is sometimes called a fat or puffy heart—the brooch is draped with a sapphire ribbon bearing the yellow-gold Latin phrase Verbum Carro. This has been translated as “A word to my dear one,” though it could be a play on Verbum caro, “The word made flesh,” a reference to Jesus Christ as recounted in John 1:14. This makes some sense, since scholars have observed that the colorful jewel recalls the South American folk charms known as milagros.” (source)

Art Deco Gem-Set and Diamond Pendant Brooch by Van Cleef & Arpels, Paris, 1924

Art Deco Gem-Set and Diamond Pendant Brooch by Van Cleef & Arpels, Paris, 1924

Art Deco bracelet in enamel with precious stones, Boucheron, Paris, 1925

Art Deco bracelet in enamel with precious stones, Boucheron, Paris, 1925

Cartier Art Deco Emerald, Sapphire, and Diamond Pendant Necklace Paris, circa 1925

Cartier Art Deco Emerald, Sapphire, and Diamond Pendant Necklace Paris, circa 1925

Tutti Frutti bracelet in diamonds, emeralds and rubies, Cartier, New-York, 1928

Tutti Frutti bracelet in diamonds, emeralds and rubies, Cartier, New-York, 1928

Art Deco Diamond and Black Onyx Brooch by Cartier, Paris, 1923.

Art Deco Diamond and Black Onyx Brooch by Cartier, Paris, 1923.

Art Deco Le Ciel Mystery Clock by Cartier, Paris, 1928

Art Deco Le Ciel Mystery Clock by Cartier, Paris, 1928

Feather brooch in platinum and diamonds, Van Cleef & Arpels, Paris, 1928

Feather brooch in platinum and diamonds, Van Cleef & Arpels, Paris, 1928

Pair of Platinum, Lapis Lazuli, Diamond, and Enamel Pendant Earrings by Boucheron, circa 1925

Pair of Platinum, Lapis Lazuli, Diamond, and Enamel Pendant Earrings by Boucheron, circa 1925

Art Moderne Platinum and Diamond Bangle by Cartier, Paris, 1934

Art Moderne Platinum and Diamond Bangle by Cartier, Paris, 1934

Belle Époque Diamond and Pearl Sautoir by Cartier, 1907

Belle Époque Diamond and Pearl Sautoir by Cartier, 1907

Bracelet in gold and citrine designed by Jeanne Boivin for the Boivin label, Paris, circa 1934

Bracelet in gold and citrine designed by Jeanne Boivin for the Boivin label, Paris, circa 1934

Art Moderne Blue Chalcedony, Sapphire, and Diamond Suite of Jewelry by Suzanne Belperron, Paris, circa 1935

Art Moderne Blue Chalcedony, Sapphire, and Diamond Suite of Jewelry by Suzanne Belperron, Paris, circa 1935

 

Art Moderne Platinum and Diamond Manchette by Jean Fouquet for Maison Georges Fouquet, Paris, 1930

Art Moderne Platinum and Diamond Manchette by Jean Fouquet for Maison Georges Fouquet, Paris, 1930

Gold and Diamond Suite Designed by George Headley, Los Angeles; the Necklace Retailed by Paul Flato, circa 1941; the Bracelet Retailed by Laykin et Cie, circa 1943

Gold and Diamond Suite Designed by George Headley, Los Angeles; the Necklace Retailed by Paul Flato, circa 1941; the Bracelet Retailed by Laykin et Cie, circa 1943

Artistic Pink Bakelite, Ruby, and Diamond Jellybean Suite of Bracelet and Earrings by Daniel Brush, New York, 1991

Artistic Pink Bakelite, Ruby, and Diamond Jellybean Suite of Bracelet and Earrings by Daniel Brush, New York, 1991

Bakelite, Steel, Gold, and Diamond Cuff Bracelet by Daniel Brush, New York, 2004

Bakelite, Steel, Gold, and Diamond Cuff Bracelet by Daniel Brush, New York, 2004

Suite of Black and Near-Colorless Diamond Jewelry by Michelle Ong for Carnet, Hong Kong, 2000

Suite of Black and Near-Colorless Diamond Jewelry by Michelle Ong for Carnet, Hong Kong, 2000

Pair of Diamond “Black Lace” Cuff Bracelets by Michelle Ong for Carnet, Hong Kong, 2000

Pair of Diamond “Black Lace” Cuff Bracelets by Michelle Ong for Carnet, Hong Kong, 2000

Ring set with a yellow 61.51 carat diamond, Siegelson, New York.

Ring set with a yellow 61.51 carat diamond, Siegelson, New York.

Diamond Ring by Siegelson, New York. Emerald-cut Diamond, 16.26 carats, D VS1 Type IIa

Diamond Ring by Siegelson, New York. Emerald-cut Diamond, 16.26 carats, D VS1 Type IIa

Burmese Ruby and Diamond Ring by Siegelson, New York

Burmese Ruby and Diamond Ring by Siegelson, New York

 

Photos courtesy of Siegelson.

 

 

 

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