Bulgari coin necklaces, Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra, Schlumberger enamel bangles, David Webb gold necklaces, and the Cartier tank watch are each classics of the well-appointed jewelry wardrobe. But what exactly is a “jewelry wardrobe,” and how can you create one (or many) that suit your personality and your collecting taste? How do you combine jewelry by a number of different makers? And what makes some jewelry a classic? Join jewelry historian Ruth Peltason as she builds the components of a jewelry wardrobe from day to night, from daytime gold pieces to high jewelry bursting with emeralds, rubies, sapphires, and diamonds made for the most dazzling evening occasions. Spend a day at Christie’s with Ruth exploring the world of luxurious gemstones in time for the holidays, a preview of her new book on David Webb, and a specialist-guided preview of the Christie’s Magnificent Jewels sale.
Ruth Peltason is a writer, editor, and jewelry historian, and has lectured at Christie’s over the years. Her career spans the arts, publishing, and luxury goods businesses, where she has worked with distinguished critics, high-end collectors, leading arts organizations, auction houses, and museums. She currently runs Bespoke Books, and before that was Senior Editor, Director of Design & Style Books, at Abrams. Ruth has written for Air Mail, Antiques Magazine, 1stdibs, the Natural Diamond Council, and ASJH (American Society of Jewelry Historians). Her books on jewelry include the newly published The Art of David Webb: Jewelry and Culture; Elizabeth Taylor: My Love Affair with Jewelry; Living Jewels; David Webb: The Quintessential American Jeweler; contributions to Set in Style: The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels and Simply Brilliant: Artist-Jewelers of the 1960s and 1970s, among others.