JCK Las Vegas 2018 Postscript: 8 Important Vintage Jewels

There were so many delightful discoveries during JCK Las Vegas, and one of my most memorable days involved a foray into the new Estate Jewelry & Watch Pavilion. When I’m covering a show (not shopping it), I like to ask the dealers to show me the pieces they think are the most special or unique or just incredibly rare. It’s so helpful—because otherwise I would just be asking to see the vintage David Webb and Van Cleef & Arpels pieces, or, with Instagram in mind, the biggest, boldest cocktail rings in the case.

When I asked Beneficial Estate Buyers to share its most impressive pieces with me, I was treated to the finds below.


Beneficial Estate Buyers Art Deco ruby and diamond braceletArt Deco bracelet with 14.26. cts. t.w. diamonds and 1.32 cts. t.w. rubies in platinum, price on request


Beneficial Estate Buyers rose quartz brooch1940s brooch set with 75 ct. emerald-cut rose quartz in 18k yellow gold, price on request


Beneficial Estate Buyers Victorian turquoise necklaceVictorian-era necklace with turquoise cabochons and diamonds in sterling silver and 18k yellow gold, price on request


Beneficial Estate Jewelers Art Nouveau amethyst necklaceArt Nouveau necklace with amethysts and diamonds and enamel detailing in 14k yellow gold (also converts to a hair ornament and brooch), price on request

In addition to functioning as a traditional dealer, the Philadelphia-based team also offers something unique to its retail partners: The company organizes trunk shows (the high-value, one-of-kind jewels come to your store, thereby relieving you of having to maintain permanent inventory within this category) and buying events (geared toward customers looking to offload their most valuable possessions). Beneficial Estate Buyers will even provide marketing materials to help promote your event locally and online.

“We’re always on the hunt for high-quality estate and vintage jewelry for our collection,” says inventory specialist Hillary Kuhn. Two of the firm’s partners, Joseph Cileone and Jeffrey Zayas, were on hand at the booth but also made time to do a little shopping at the show, purchasing three new pieces from top-secret sources.

Here’s a sneak peek at the latest acquisitions, which will soon be available for sale or added to the offerings of an upcoming trunk show.


Beneficial Estate Jewelers star sapphire ring

Art deco star sapphire ring with diamonds in platinum, price on request

“We were very excited when we came across this star sapphire ring,” says Kuhn. “The star sapphire is lovely, but what really intrigued us was the platinum mounting set with old-European cut and baguette diamonds, a common style from the Art Deco era.”


Beneficial Estate Jewelers retro brooch

Retro pin in 14k yellow and rose gold with star rubies and diamonds, price on request

“Rose gold is really big right now, so as a result Retro jewelry is doing really well for us,” says Kuhn. “Star rubies and diamonds really make this piece pop.”


Beneficial Estate Jewelers locket

Victorian locket in 10k gold, price on request

“Our expert sales reps are always getting requests for gold lockets, so we knew this would be a great addition to our estate collection. A lot of times when we come across Victorian jewelry, the pieces aren’t in great condition due to their age, so we were especially excited to see this locket in such great shape,” says Kuhn.

Top: Aquamarine and diamond cocktail ring, price on request


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Amy Elliott

JCK Contributing Editor

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