While some prefer Cape Cod or Nantucket, many in our community summer “out east,” where this week’s inaugural Hamptons Jewelry Show sounds like a promising platform for shopping high-end designer and antique jewelry, networking with peers, and attending charity benefits and other events that involve sipping rosé with the local glitterati.
Held at the Southampton Elks Fairgrounds, the show kicks off Thursday with a special opening-night preview of the goods—$40 million plus in fine jewelry and luxury antiques and collectibles (security will be tight!). Designers such as Paul Morelli, Pamela Huizenga, Pat Flynn, Anthony Lent, Alp Sagnak, GiGi Ferranti, Lika Behar. and Zaiken are among the more than 80 exhibitors, as are a number of estate jewelry dealers. (I can personally recommend L & Z Jewelry and Gifts, from whom I once picked up the daintiest ring, a light blue star sapphire set in rose gold from the Victorian era.)
The show runs through Sunday, August 5, but Friday’s the day jewelry collectors will want to attend.
Two reasons: It’s “Appraisal Day” (11 a.m.–6 p.m. in the venue’s VIP lounge), an opportunity to have up to two items appraised by an expert from Heritage Auctions. And designer Alexandra Mor is leading a “drinks and discussion” around the future of fine jewelry collecting in the 21st century, including what to look for when evaluating artist-designed jewelry and what to know to ensure your personal collection holds value. Visit booth #304 for from 12 to 1 p.m.
Seriously—call in sick and make a day of it! Or, more ideally, stay the weekend. Who do you know with a cottage or pool house where you can crash?
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