About Mahnaz Collection
MAHNAZ COLLECTION collects and sells original, influential, fine vintage, designer and artist-made jewelry, primarily from the mid-to-late twentieth century. Jewelry collections are built in-house, charting the course of a maker's career or an era, so that clients may fully benefit from the historical and cultural legacy of their jewels. We showcase work from independent designers, and artist jewelers as well as the Houses. We highlight lost masters and selectively commission and sell contemporary works. Our jewels are intended to be experienced on the body and as an integral part of contemporary life.
MAHNAZ COLLECTION jewels are authentic North and South American and European design classics, innovative, finely crafted, often handmade, rich in color, and with a bold, timeless style. Important design concepts, explored in precious and semi-precious materials, shape the collection. MAHNAZ COLLECTION is especially known for the depth of its 1960s - 1980s works. These were years of abundant creativity, exploration, and innovation when 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. MAHNAZ COLLECTION houses a collection of exceptional vintage and contemporary Hopi, Navajo and pueblo modernist jewelry, an integral part of our American collection. It develops in-depth exhibitions focused on single makers or design periods, complemented by original publications and lectures.
THE TEAM at MAHNAZ COLLECTION includes a scholar, an art jewelry maker and metalsmith, a graduate gemologist and a retail professional.
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.