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Mahnaz Collection Blog

Mahnaz Collection is a New York based fine vintage jewelry collection

Summer Selections 

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Summer Selections 

 

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A pavé-set diamond, ruby and 18 karat yellow and white gold flexible snake bracelet, by the house of Masenza, Rome, c.1955.

Mario Masenza (1913-1985) came from an illustrious family of Italian jewellers. The Masenza family opened their jewelry shop on the fashionable via del Corso in Rome in 1924. They included the Italian Royal Family among their clients. Mario Masenza inherited the business in the immediate post war years and sought to bring completely fresh ideas to the Italian jewellery market. His mantra was to offer stunningly original jewels to his clients, many which had been created in collaboration with emerging Italian artists. From the late 1940s, throughout the 1950s and in to the 1970s, Masenza`s gallery and workshops became the meeting place for artists and collectors, where painters and sculptors such as Franco Cannilla, and the Basadella brothers, Afro and Mirko, (artists amongst what was to become known as the `School of Rome`) could experiment with materials and their imaginations to create highly individualistic artists jewels. Many of the pieces were exhibited at international design exhibitions in Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States.

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A diamond, rutilated quartz, and 18 karat gold modernist collar, by Jean Vendome, France, c. 1980. (Matching earrings in set)

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A pear shaped cabochon pink tourmaline, diamond, and 18 karat gold nugget flake necklace with melted piercings, by John Donald, England, 1998 (Exhibited in NYC "London Originals" April 2018).


Summer Turquoise 

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A turquoise and 18 karat gold link necklace, by Angela Cummings for Tiffany & Co., U.S., 1982.

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A pair of turquoise jacla and 18 karat gold earclips, by Verma Nequetewa, Sonwai, Hopi, U.S.

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A turquoise, orange sapphire, diamond, enamel and 18 karat gold ring, by Solange Azagury Partridge, England, 2010, size 7.5.

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A turquoise, diamond, enamel and 18 karat gold ring, by Donald Claflin for Tiffany & Co., U.S., c. 1970, size 5.5.

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A turquoise, 14 karat gold, and silver gilt floral three strand bracelet, Anglo-Indian Style, 19th century.


Pearls, the birthstone for June

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A pair of baroque pearl, diamond and 18 karat gold earrings, Buccellati, Italy, c. 1960, and a pearl, sapphire, and 18 karat white and yellow gold leaf choker necklace, by Cazzaniga, Italy, c. 1960.

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A pearl, diamond, and 18 karat gold "Mind d'Oro," brooch by Juwelier Weyersberg, winner of "the most beautiful pearl jewel of the year"at the 4th international competition of the GDE-Jewel-Institute eV, Germany, c.1975.

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A baroque pearl, diamond, and 18 karat gold ring, by Paolo Spalla, Italy, c. 1960, size 8.

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A pearl and 18 karat gold cage ring, by René Boivin, France, c.1955, size 6.5.

 

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A pair of diamond, pearl and 18 karat gold nugget flake crown design earrings, by John Donald, England, 1996.


 

To inquire or purchase please email studio@mahnazcollection.com                                                                                                                           or call us at 212-717-1169         

 

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Last minute Mother's Day gifts...

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A tiger's eye, diamond and 18 karat gold braided tassel sautoir, by Kutchinsky, 1971

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A diamond and textured and polished 18 karat gold, and platinum wide bracelet, by David Morris, 1965

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An array of rings in lapis lazuli, diamond, enamel and 18 karat gold, by Kutchinsky, 1969-1972

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A pair of diamond and platinum convertible day/night ear pendants, by Charles de Temple, c. 1975

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A pair of cabochon amethyst, diamond and 18 karat gold ear clips, unsigned, c. 1970

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A mabe pearl and 18 karat gold ring, by Andrew Grima, 1970. Size 5¾                  

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A pair of 18 karat gold flower ear clips, by Claude Lalanne, c. 1970

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An 18 karat gold necklace, by Nanna Ditzel for Georg Jensen , c. 1965

 

A diamond, malachite, opal and 18k gold long necklace, with detachable brooch/pendant, by Gilbert Albert, c. 1970

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A coral, diamond, and 18 karat gold ring, by Arthur King, c. 1970. Size 7½

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A rare black and red enamel and 18 karat gold playing card charm bracelet, and a diamond and 18 karat white, yellow & rose gold lock pendant, by Cazzaniga, c. 1970

LONDON ORIGINALS: BRITISH JEWELRY OF THE 1960s & '70s

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We build each of our jewelry collections in-house before we present them so that you are able to experience them -almost - as the jeweler intended many decades ago.

The British jewelry exhibited by us in New York from April 11, 208 - May 11, 2018, makes up one such unique collection. We invite you to experience it with us. 

Please email or call us to inquire the London Originals exhibition or about our 150 page illustrated catalog with essays on jewelry history and jeweler biographies. Write to studio@mahnazcollection.com; or call 212-717-1169

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Valentine's Day Jewels 

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Happy Valentine's Day

Here are a few of our favorite amethyst jewels for sale. Amethyst is the clarifying, calming, cool-headed gemstone for February. Pantone also names Ultraviolet the color of 2018. Please contact us at studio@mahnazcollection.com or by phone at 212-717-1169 to purchase.

A pair of amethyst, peridot, uncut tourmaline and 18k gold earrings, by Dinh Van, c. 1970s.

 
 

A cabochon amethyst and 18k gold ring, by Andrew Grima, 1969. Size 4.5

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An amethyst and 18k gold ring, by Sigurd Persson, 1943. Size 6.75

An amethyst, diamond, turquoise and 18k gold ring, by Cartier, Paris, c. 1950s. Size 7

New in at Mahnaz Collection

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A one-of-a-kind forma livre carved aquamarine and 18k gold necklace, by artist/landscape architect/designer Roberto Burle Marx, c. 1960s.

Please call us at 212-717-1169 for additional details.


It was wonderful to see our much admired jeweler Richard Chavez's hand crafted unique work featured recently in the Robb Report. A retrospective of Chavez's jewelry opened February 2nd at the Heard Museum in Phoenix. The cuff in the image below has sold, but we have other stunning Bauhaus influenced Chavez jewels available. Richard only makes a handful of pieces each year and they are highly collectable.