Holiday 2020 With Bergdorf Goodman’s Amy Lane

I can’t be the only former New Yorker who misses the city like crazy right now, especially since the holiday season is in full swing. The Big Apple is a great place to be when you have Diamond District appointments a breath away from the tree at Rockefeller Center, and other reasons to stroll the avenues in midtown.

I personally always look forward to the holiday windows at ABC Carpet & Home on Broadway, and Bergdorf Goodman up on Fifth Avenue. The latter tends to be my favorite, mainly because its vitrines along 57th Street always highlight the most magnificent jewels. (Bonus: Some Van Cleef & Arpels action is right by Bergdorf, too.)

The pandemic has dampened my train travel comfort level, and thus my heart aches for my former home (which may or may not include Bergdorf’s shoe and bag department during a sale).

Fortunately, and to my great delight, Bergdorf jewelry buyer Amy Lane was willing to indulge my request for a couple of snaps of the holiday magic the windows are spinning this year.

“I love the central message of our Fifth Avenue windows,” says Lane. “They celebrate love, harmony, and equality. And around the corner on 57th Street, [window dresser and senior director of visual presentation] David Hoey also created a magical setting for our jewelry windows. This year, he envisioned an elegant crystal cave to reflect our brilliant jewelry.”

Bergdorf Goodman Window Glenn Spiro
Bergdorf Goodman holiday window showcasing a stunning pair of Glenn Spiro cuffs (bottom right). “I am a huge fan of Glenn Spiro’s matched cuff sets,” says jewelry buyer Amy Lane. “I love the simplicity of these, and how the fancy-cut aquamarine, goshenite, and heliodor stones seem to float in the simple yet bold white gold setting.” (Photo courtesy of Amy Lane)
Bergdorf Goodman KMD David Webb Window
Bergdorf Goodman holiday window showcasing jewels by David Webb and Kimberly McDonald (photo courtesy of Amy Lane)

“I love the juxtaposition of the elegant David Webb various-cut-diamond and emerald necklace and the rock star quality of the boulder opal drop earrings from Kimberly McDonald,” says Lane, in reference to the photo above. “Both are masterpieces of setting and movement!”

You can get a closer look at the earrings, below, and the necklace up top.

Kimberly McDonald boulder opal drop earrings
Boulder opal drop earrings with diamonds in 18k white gold with black rhodium finish, price on request; Kimberly McDonald

Lane and I both served on a JA New York “Big Pitch” panel once upon a time, and an audience with her has to top every jewelry designer’s wish list of dream opportunities.

Here’s a peek at Lane’s personal holiday wish list this season. No need to overanalyze, but it does offer a window into one of our industry’s most influential player’s predilections.

And I’m revising my own wish list accordingly.

Pomellato rose gold cuff
Iconica maxi cuff in 18k rose gold, price on request; Pomellato
Silvia Furmanovich book cover
Silvia Furmanovich (Assouline, $175) is arriving in stores this week. Lane notes that she would also love a pair of earrings from the designer’s Amazonia Bamboo collection. I concur. (Photo courtesy of Silvia Furmanovich)
Muse Have a Heart Holly Dyment
Lane says she would love a charm from the Have a Heart x Muse collection that supports one of the initiative’s New York–based partner charities. Evil eye heart charm in enamel and 18k yellow gold with black diamond center, citrine, and white diamonds, $4,620; Holly Dyment for Have a Heart x Muse


Top: Tassel collar necklace in platinum with emerald beads and diamonds, $585,000; David Webb

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