Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend

I was so lucky to get a preview of the Carole Tanenbaum vintage costume jewelry collection at Vermillion last night. Vintage expert and fashion maven Ellen Carey was there with over 200 pieces of 200 pieces of carefully selected vintage jewels. CaroleTanenbaum is a world-renowned vintage costume jewelry curator; her collection has grown to over 20,000 pieces over the past 20 years. The collection at Vermillion is inspired by the late, great Elizabeth Taylor, who loved and appreciated good bling. I’ve always been fascinated by her ability to have men literally shower her with diamonds (and rubies, and emeralds, and sapphires). A large portion of her jewels, clothing and accessories are going to be auctioned by Christie’s in New York next week, an event that will probably generate an ungodly amount of revenue. Flipping through the auction catalogue last night, you realize just how stunning her collection was. There wasn’t a whole lot of subtlety involved in her bauble philosophy. The bigger, the better. I totally respect that. The amazing pieces in the collection at Vermillion were all picked with this in mind; they range from sparkling red carpet earring sets to Studio 54-worthy YSL necklaces. My most loved piece was an amethyst bejeweled belt that was To. Die. For. It made me dizzy. I dreamt about it last night. What was so wonderful was getting Ellen’s take on the pieces; she made a point to explain how important it is to be creative with vintage. Wear things in a different way than they were intended. We added a dazzling brooch from one section of the collection to a gold chain necklace from a much more modern section and transformed both pieces. She turned a belt into a choker and a necklace into a bracelet. Ellen made everything versatile. The pieces are simply stunning, in perfect condition. Whether you are in the market or not, you must stop in and see. It would be an excellent place to make a Christmas list.

Wise words from Elizabeth Taylor 


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