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Mahnaz Collection Blog

Mahnaz Collection is a New York based fine vintage jewelry collection

Spotlight: July 4th

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Here’s a fitting piece of jewelry to celebrate July 4th: a man on the moon brooch made of 18 karat yellow and white gold, and enamel. Designed to commemorate the first moon landing by American spaceflight Apollo 11 in 1969, this brooch was designed by the Belgian jewelers Pierre & Jacques Leysen soon after the landing. Only 10 of the brooches were made. (One of these brooches was given as a gift to President Nixon in 1969, his first year in office.) 

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An 18k yellow and white gold and enamel moon landing brooch, by Pierre & Jacques Leysen.

Spotlight: Emeralds

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Spring is finally here and it is only fitting that the radiant, lush emerald is this month's birthstone. "Nothing greens greener," Rome's Pliny the Elder writes about the emerald in his book Natural History, published in the first century AD. He describes the stone's use by lapidaries, who “have no better method of restoring their eyes than by looking at the emerald, its soft, green color comforting and removing their weariness and lassitude.”

 
 

A carved foliate motif emerald and 18k gold ring, by Tony Duquette. Size 6 1/2.

 
 

Source: https://www.gia.edu/emerald

Spotlight: Diamonds

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We have diamonds on the mind, and rightly so - diamonds are the birthstone for April. To shine, diamonds don't always have to be the center of attention. We particularly love their use in this bold, geometric 18k gold bombe ring with slices of pave diamonds placed in the interior cut-outs of the design. 

A diamond and 18k gold geometric cut out ring, c. 1980s. Size 7.

Spotlight: Moonstones

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As March takes us from late winter to early spring, we celebrate the movement of the seasons in the mysterious, luminous beauty of the moonstone.

A cabochon moonstone and 18k gold collar, Vivianna Torun Bülow-Hübe for Georg Jensen, Denmark, c. 1970. Signed Torun and Jensen

A cabochon moonstone and 18k gold collar, Vivianna Torun Bülow-Hübe for Georg Jensen, Denmark, c. 1970. Signed Torun and Jensen

According to Hindu mythology, the moonstone is made of solidified moonbeams; lovers who exchange moonstone rings will be granted eternal love; as a talisman this “traveler’s stone” offers safety on perilous journeys; and its many associations with the moon endows the moonstone with the magic of fertility and youth. Fabergé and Tiffany & Co. designed dazzling necklaces with swags of moonstones, and the British firm of Liberty used moonstones for their Arts & Crafts jewels. Among the modernists, the moonstone has been used to great and diverse effect with lasting appeal.

A ring of cabochon moonstone, diamonds, 18k gold, and platinum, Paloma Picasso for Tiffany & Co., U.S.A., c. 1980s. Size 8 ¼” 

A ring of cabochon moonstone, diamonds, 18k gold, and platinum, Paloma Picasso for Tiffany & Co., U.S.A., c. 1980s. Size 8 ¼” 

A ring of cabochon moonstone and 18k gold, Christa Bauer, Germany, c. 1960s. Size 7 ½” 

A ring of cabochon moonstone and 18k gold, Christa Bauer, Germany, c. 1960s. Size 7 ½” 

A pair of moonstone and orange-brown colored diamond pendant earrings, Hemmerle, Germany, c. 2000s

A pair of moonstone and orange-brown colored diamond pendant earrings, Hemmerle, Germany, c. 2000s

A cocktail ring of 9 moonstone balls, 14k gold, and a sapphire set on the underside of the ring, Size 5 ½” 

A cocktail ring of 9 moonstone balls, 14k gold, and a sapphire set on the underside of the ring, Size 5 ½”