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About Mahnaz Collection

MAHNAZ COLLECTION collects and sells original, influential fine vintage jewelry and art jewelry made primarily during the mid-to-late twentieth century.  Jewelry collections are built in-house so that our clients may benefit from a collector's method. Fine and fabulous, MAHNAZ COLLECTION jewels are intended to be worn and cherished as an integral part of your life. 

Our jewels are authentic North and South American and European design classics, innovative, finely crafted, largely handmade, rich in color, and with a bold, contemporary style. Strong design ideas shape the collection and the way we approach value, and an evident maker's eye or hand draws our attention. We showcase work from high houses, artists and independent jewelers. We look for lost masters, research their stories, and share them with you. We also sell select contemporary works. 

MAHNAZ SIGNATURE JEWELS carries our fine, rare and in-depth gold collections; and MAHNAZ DISCOVERY JEWELS, carries the appealing, wide-ranging, and well-priced discoveries of our design explorations - including select estate and contemporary jewels, made in a variety of metals.

MAHNAZ COLLECTION focuses on the ancient and enduring heritage of yellow gold. Our vintage  jewels display a choice vocabulary of gemstones, including many semi-precious ones, in varied cuts, from faceted to forma livre.  

We are known for the quality, range and depth of our 1960s - 1980s works. We see these years as periods of abundant creativity, exploration, and innovation. Makers wrought deep changes in jewelry design and fashion, influenced by changing social norms, technology and economic conditions. They designed in diverse vocabularies: regular and formalist, organic and minimalist.

We sell Tiffany, Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Chaumet, and Boucheron vintage jewelry. We feature exceptional collections of work made by artists and independent jewelers from: the United States, Scandinavia, Britain (in particular, Andrew Grima, Charles de Temple and George Weil), Germany, Brazil (specifically the work of Roberto and Haroldo Burle Marx), Italy (Arnaldo Pomodoro, Afro, Cannilla, Cavelli, Facchini and Gio Caroli, for example) and Switzerland. We house an exceptional collection of vintage and contemporary Native American modernist jewelry, an integral part of our American collection. Among our most intriguing jewels are those that evoke diverse influences: the mix between high jewelry and urban style; ethnic and modernist; South Asian and European; and mixed North African, European and Native American works.

Philosophy

We recognize the jewels that suit the tempos and emotional geographies of our complex and varied contemporary lives. Our jewels are wearable investments for collectors of jewelry, art and design. They are body-wear, carriers of our ancestral and emotional histories. Fine designed jewels, whether created by an artist or a jeweler, can be our most intimate artworks - incomplete without their wearer. 

Sustainability & Philanthropy

Our collection seeks to preserve and promote existing objects of precious beauty and cultural relevance, supports the reuse of existing materials, the protection of the environment, and responsible and ethical practices.

We support select philanthropic initiatives.

Clients & Services

Our penthouse jewelry gallery on East 57th Street is open daily from 10 am - 6 pm,  by appointment. We also invite you to jewelry exhibitions and evening salons. We are available to discuss private searches and help develop and document evolving collections. We aim to foster long-term relationships which are grounded in integrity, knowledge and service.  We sell authentic jewelry and effectively partner with a global network of members of the jewelry trade. We are always available to provide follow-up service for your jewelry and answer any questions. 


ABOUT MAHNAZ


Brittany Ambridge, courtesy of 1stdibs Introspective Magazine

Brittany Ambridge, courtesy of 1stdibs Introspective Magazine

Mahnaz curates the eponymous collection. Her eye was educated through early exposure to fine, traditional South Asian gold jewelry, enamel work, and gemstones including Swat emeralds, Burmese rubies, Afghan lapis lazuli, Sri Lanka sapphires, and Persian turquoise. Mahnaz's personal environment was rich in its architectural modernism, and in its creative cultural and artistic traditions. She is a citizen of the world, having traveled globally and lived deeply in several cultures. Her appreciation for the beauty in landscape - especially that of the American southwest - and for the design of small sculptural objects, help inform the way Mahnaz selects jewels. 

Mahnaz is a scholar, educated at Wellesley College, and recipient of advanced degrees, including a doctorate, in international relations. Following an active twenty-five years in the foreign affairs field, she established MAHNAZ COLLECTION. A New Yorker committed to non-profit service, Mahnaz values family, friendships and laughter, and the company of French bulldogs - especially two named Chace and Cleopatra. And, ofcourse, jewels.

Read more about Mahnaz at T: The New York Times Style Magazine and 1stdibs' Introspective Magazine.


SELECT MAKERS


Anne Ammitzbøll  Barbara Anton    Afro Basaldella    Gerald Benney    Paul Binder    René Boivin    Boucheron    Buccellati    Bulgari

Haroldo Burle Marx    Roberto Burle Marx    Franco Canilla    Gio Caroli    Cartier    Cazzaniga    Charles de Temple    Richard Chavez

Chaumet    Donald Claflin    Angela Cummings    Edison Cummings    Jean Dinh Van    Nanna Ditzel    John Donald    Tony Duquette

Bent Exner  Giorgio Facchini    Gerda Flockinger    Alan Gard    Andrew Grima    Hans Hansen    Georg Jensen    Charles Loloma    

Augustin Julia Plana    Elsa Peretti    Arthur King    Kutchinsky    Lalaounis    George L'Enfant    Jean Mahie    Margot de Taxco    Mauboussin

Mellerio dits Meller    Anton Michelsen    Jesse Monongya    Harald Neilsen    Gibson Nez    Moshe Oved    Sigurd Persson    Paloma Picasso

Arnaldo Pomodoro    Eveli Sabatie    Sonwai    Ettore Sottsass    Tiffany & Co.    Vivianna Torun    Edith Tsabetsaye    Van Cleef & Arpels  

Line Vautrin    Jean Vendome    David Webb    Björn Weckström    George Weil    Tapio Wirkkala