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Holiday 2021 With Stanley Korshak’s Fine Jewelry Buyer Melissa Geiser


In New York City, the holiday 2021 windows at Bergdorf Goodman are, as ever, a lavish parade of whimsy, fanfare, and kaleidoscopic color. Meanwhile, at Stanley Korshak, the American South’s answer to the Fifth Avenue luxury department store, the windows embrace a similar MO—executed with sophisticated restraint.

Devotees of the Dallas institution will perhaps recognize the artwork that is at the center of the tableau, created by Texas-based artist Michael Tracy.

Stanley Korshak holiday 2021 windows
 Stanley Korshak’s 2021 holiday windows were the vision of the store’s creative director Bret McKinney and feature artwork created by Michael Tracy, whose work is represented in the permanent collections of several museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Dallas Museum of Art (photo: WJN Photo).

Tracy is also a jewelry designer, perennially showcased in the store’s jewelry department.

“Tracy’s paintings are reflected in his jewelry. I first met him through Ron and David at Ten Thousand Things in 2001,” says Stanley Korshak fine jewelry buyer Melissa Geiser. “He’s an incredible artist.”

The theme of the windows nods to Diwali, the annual Hindu festival of lights (this year it took place earlier this month). It’s a celebration of peace and joy, the victory of good over evil, and light over darkness.

According to Stanley Korshak creative director Bret McKinney, the artwork displayed in the windows is meant to be a salute, and blessing, offered to India, where Tracy has spent time honing his craft, both as a visual artist and a jeweler.

Michael Tracy Lorenzetti dome ring
 Lorenzetti ring in 18k blackened gold dome with tanzanite, rubellite, sapphires, and diamonds, $38,250; Michael Tracy

Given the window theme, a Michael Tracy jewel seems like a pretty outstanding holiday gift to me, but for the definitive answer on jewelry gift-giving, I chatted with Geiser to find out her top picks. Below, a few key pieces and collections she’s betting on for holiday 2021—most are newcomers to her assortment, discovered at the Las Vegas Jewelry shows.

“The Established Ride or Die collection is kitschy, fun, inexpensive, cute, very Texas, and it makes you smile. We have real cowgirl clients—one of my clients is a part of the Texas Cowgirl Hall of Fame, and she would love this collection.”

Established ride or die
From left: Howdy necklace in 18k gold with diamonds, $2,400; Cowboy pearls in 18k gold and diamonds, $2,550; and Ride or Die horseshoe necklace in 18k gold and diamonds, $3,000; Established

“We’ve been carrying Rene Escobar for a long time, it could be 10 years now. These bangles are a proven gift-giving item because of the quality and the price point—they start at $1,000 or $1,100. I’ve had people engrave them. These bangles have probably been my number one price point gift item for years.”

Rene Escobar bangles
Assorted bangles in sterling silver, gold, and diamonds, prices on request; Rene Escobar

“Harwell Godfrey is new to our assortment. We picked up the line at Couture. We just had [Lauren Harwell Godfrey] in for a personal appearance, and it was extremely successful and the collection was really well received. Her line is classic with a twist, easy to wear, it’s pretty, not too girlie but not too minimalist either…she has something for everybody. And each piece is very finished. She’s all about line and geometry, it’s very clean jewelry. It’s not that I don’t pick up trendy things, but I am trying to find longevity. I want to build businesses. We’re in it for the long run, not the short run.”

Harwell Godfrey rainbow hoops
Knife-edge hoop earrings in 18k yellow gold with amethysts, multicolor sapphires, topaz, and tsavorite, $7,450; Harwell Godfrey

“I am so excited about Studio Renn, who are launching in the U.S. market with us. The line is elevated, absolutely gorgeous, and something different for the more expensive, really artistic area of the business. They are doing beautiful, beautiful pieces with little hidden details, and that’s what I thrive on. I get excited by unexpected details—[for example,] there are hidden rubies underneath that Bleeding Tooth cuff that you can’t see that just reflect light.”

Studio Renn bleeding tooth collection
Clockwise from top: Bleeding Tooth bracelet in 18k gold with rubies and diamonds; Bleeding Tooth earrings in 18k gold with emeralds and rough-cut diamonds; and Bleeding Tooth ring with rubies and diamonds, all prices on request; Studio Renn


Top: “People like moons and stars. The moon is a really iconic shape, and this is a substantial piece that’s really pretty to stack as a pendant,” says Geiser. Major Moon pendant in 18k yellow gold with turquoise inlay and diamonds, $7,450; Harwell Godfrey


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Amy Elliott

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