After 10 years away from American trade shows, Lee Siegelson is back. The president of Siegelson, the New York City–based jeweler known for snagging enviable styles—like the Cole Porter aquamarine and ruby belt with buckle necklace designed by Fulco di Verdura, for Paul Flato, ca. 1935—from private buyers has hung a shingle at JCK LUXURY booth no. 1033. Here, he talks about his return and why retailers might want to drop by to see his antique jewelry, gemstones, objets d’art, and pieces by contemporary designers and from Siegelson that he says possess “uncompromising design and exquisite beauty.”
JCK: Why is Siegelson returning to the American show circuit?
Lee Siegelson: We believe there are opportunities to consign to retailers that we do not know or do not work with, and at the same time, we will benefit by using the opportunity to meet with the retailers with whom we are currently working. (Many retailers already contact us directly to collect rare and unusual consignments to sell to their top clients.) LUXURY provides the venue for retailers to see and hold consignments they can hand-select for their top clients. Siegelson offers such rare and unusual pieces that will perhaps not been seen on the market again in our lifetime. We want to support American retailers by giving them the opportunity to work with the greatest pieces available. It is not easy to find these rare pieces in the marketplace. True masterpieces tend to stay with the owner for a lifetime and are often passed down. They are not easy to give up.
JCK: What is most important for retailers to know about Siegelson, and why should they consider buying from you?
Siegelson: We remain committed to the American retailer and believe great wealth remains in the hands of American clients seeking rare collectible jewels, and if the jewelry is presented in the correct manner, these clients will view our exceptional examples of jewelry as works of fine art. A new and unprecedented benchmark in auction history was reached last week, generating a grand total of $1,726,019,375 in a single week of fine art sales in New York. This is the market for the top jewelry. American retailers and Siegelson, together, can share a rare opportunity to sell fabulous jewels to the most important clients of retailers.
JCK: In which international shows does Siegelson exhibit?
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