Antique and Estate Jewelry at the Rio

Nearly 300 exhibitors showcased their wares to an audience of 3,500 at the Las Vegas Antique Jewelry and Watch Show, held May 31-June 3 at the Rio Suite Hotel and Casino. Vintage watches, fine estate jewelry, rare gemstones, and antique reproduction designs were available, and many exhibitors reported that buying was brisk. One exhibitor, Global Gems of Idar-Oberstein, Germany, showcased a variety of stunning estate pieces, including a 6-ct. alexandrite and diamond ring as well as a micromosaic pendant by Castellani, the 19th-century family firm of Italian designers. Maintaining popularity were antique reproduction platinum and diamond engagement ring settings and wedding bands. "Platinum bands always sell," said a salesman for Peabody Estate Buyers, Peabody, Mass., and a large number of exhibitors were offering their contemporary take on that antique look. Some, such as Golden Sands P

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