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.
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.
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.
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