Last week I attended “Jewelry Camp” – the nickname for the annual Antique Jewelry and Art Conference – for the first time. Held from July 30-August 1st, Jewelry Camp began with tours of the Macklowe Gallery and Van Cleef and Arpels in New York City and continued in Westchester, about an hour north of the City, with two days of seminars on a variety of topics about antique jewelry.
I was lucky enough to attend the optional tour of the Macklowe Gallery where Ben Macklowe showed us around his gallery. The Macklowe Gallery specializes in decorative arts of the Art Nouveau period and, among their riches, they have the largest collection of Tiffany light fixtures for sale in the world. But our focus was on the jewelry, and Ben let us choose pieces and examine them while he answered our questions about the pieces. Among my favorites were a large Marcus and Company boulder opal brooch/pendant and an Art Nouveau horn necklace.