Department Store Is Better at Romancing Jewels Than Jewelers

Brendan Hoffman, president and chief executive officer of Neiman Marcus Direct, recently told the press there was “something for everyone” in the retailer’s annual array of fantasy gifts—including his and hers cars—available in its holiday catalog. Jewelry lovers have eight selections to choose from. This year the Dallas-based luxury retailer offers a treasure chest of vintage jewels to mavens with money to spend. Eight carefully selected pieces are included in the pricey—$1.2 million—package, all with provenance cards. Among the items are a Gothic Revival bangle bracelet, circa 1880, made by Lucien Falize of the French firm Falize Frères, and La Menagerie Magnetique Bakelite and diamond zebra pin, by Daniel Brush, 2004. Considering that NM has been offering the fantasy gifts section for 55 years of the catalog’s 79-year life, duplicating the retailer’s creativity

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