I love a dressy party, especially on New Year’s Eve—a holiday that most certainly calls for crystalline punch bowls, kicky cocktail dresses, sharply tailored suits, bold jewels, and a sprig or two of mistletoe.
To celebrate the passage of another happy and healthy year, I plan to channel a little of that late-’50s/early-’60s haute fashion rehashed so beautifully on the award-winning Amazon show The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (the second season of which I unapologetically binge-watched last week).
Fortunately, I have a drawerful of vintage mid-century costume jewels in that Midge Maisel style—from diamanté flower brooches to faux-emerald drop earrings.
But if money were no object (one day!), I would head straight for these 10 glam-glorious jewels—designed and crafted by some of the world’s most storied jewelry houses. Not all are mid-century in origin and/or design—but they all boast loads of sparkle and a very flossy vintage vibe.
How could one not have a Happy New Year in these dazzling designs?
Classic David Webb black-and-green—guaranteed to boost any woman’s LBD game!
Suzanne Belperron Couronne pearl cuffs, fit for a gauzy ball gown or a psychedelic-print muumuu.
A quintessential mid-century diamond brooch, positively bursting with holiday spirit.
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Sweeten the moment with a #HarryWinston #highjewelry treat, like this pair of earrings featuring 32 #diamonds weighing a total of 11.662 carats and 2 vivid blue cushion-cut sapphires weighing a total of 13.56 carats. Discover Harry Winston high jewelry creations in a salon near you.
These cushion-cut sapphire and diamond earrings from Harry Winston are the jewelry equivalent of that elusive perfect red lipstick—rare and LIFE-ALTERING.
A vintage Oscar Heyman peacock brooch with a mesmerizing pear-cut emerald. Swoon!
Party jewelry goals: an opulent diamond pavé-d, ivy-motif bracelet from Boucheron.
A to-die-for McTeigue & McClelland diamond ring with a festive cayenne sapphire center stone.
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A variation on the traditional butterfly form, this brooch captures the graceful movement of delicate wings by deconstructing an iconic Tiffany motif in a modern new way. Here, a spectacular tanzanite of over 27 carats takes center stage, surrounded by round sapphires and marquise tanzanites. It takes many months to design and craft a piece of such intricacy. Visit the Tiffany & Co. Fifth Avenue flagship store to discover this year’s Blue Book Collection until October 8. #TiffanyBlueBook
A show-stopping Tiffany & Co. Blue Book brooch with an emerald-cut tanzanite center stone centered amidst butterflies in pavé sapphires and tanzanite.
A peachy center gem picks up the pinky tints in the pair of stunning opals in this Cartier High Jewelry ring. Charmed, we’re (100 percent) sure.
Happy New Year, jewelry pros!
Top and above: Graff’s Diamond Bow collection jewels are so delightfully nostalgic—and fantastically festive.
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