About Mahnaz Collection
MAHNAZ COLLECTION is a jewel arts and design gallery based in New York City. We sell original, fine jewelry collectibles made from 1960 onwards. We collect largely vintage jewelry, but in select cases, we also represent, commission and sell contemporary works. Mahnaz Collection is known for its attention to the history, culture and design of jewelry, and importantly, to the makers. The gallery’s jewelry is made by a storied group of independent designers and goldsmiths, artists, as well as established houses. Lost masters are rediscovered. All our desirable, precious jewelry is meant to celebrate our bodies and personalities, rituals and memories, and to be worn today. They are forever modern.
Mahnaz Collection Gallery carries a line of fine vintage statement essentials fashioned primarily in yellow gold, as well as special collections. The statement essentials, perfect for daily wear, comprise the best of vintage gold bracelets and cuffs, pendants and chains, from Houses such as Van Cleef & Arpels, Tiffany, and Cartier. We are the go-to gallery for fine zodiac jewelry. We are recognized for the quality and depth of our special collections, centered on the 1950s – 1980s. These were decades when independent jewelers in Europe and the Americas originated a new set of influential design vocabularies. We present formal, curated exhibitions, and prepare original research and documentation for publications. Exhibition in New York City to date include Forma Livre, the jewelry of Brazilian modernists: Roberto Burle Marx and Haroldo Burle Marx; London Originals: The Jewelers Art in Radical Times, and Material Beauty: Modern Hopi, Navajo and Pueblo Artist Jewelers. Our special collections include mid-twentieth century Nordic designer and Italian artist jewelry.
Mahnaz Collection also sells unique jewelry collections at Barneys New York, Moda Operandi and 1stdibs.
Mahnaz Ispahani, a New Yorker, is the Founder and CEO of the eponymous collection. The team at Mahnaz Collection includes a scholar, an art jewelry maker and metalsmith, a graduate gemologist and a senior retail specialist.
Mahnaz Collection Gallery, East 57th Street, is open by appointment.
Mahnaz, a New Yorker, founded and directs the eponymous collection. Her eye was educated through early exposure to fine, traditional South Asian yellow gold jewelry, enamel work, and gemstones including Swat emeralds, Burmese rubies, Afghan lapis lazuli, and Persian turquoise. Mahnaz was raised in an environment rich and varied in its cultural, artistic and architectural influences, from the Mughal, Persian, and western Modernist worlds. She has traveled extensively and lived deeply in several cultures, finding special joy in the beauty of landscape - especially that of the American southwest - and in small, sculptural objects.
Mahnaz is a scholar, who holds a doctorate in international relations. Her research training is reflected in the ways she collects and curates jewelry. Following a long career in foreign affairs, she established MAHNAZ COLLECTION.