Wednesday, November 18, 2009

NY Recap - The Shoppping

OK...so there might have been a little shopping done while I was in NY. It was so cold outside that I just might have had to duck into Bloomingdales, Bergdorfs, and quite a few 5th Avenue boutiques, Fendi, Prada, etc., just to keep warm. (And to keep warm I just might have had to buy a pair of flat black boots and something warm and snugly that rhymes with "yearling"...)

But above all the shopping was for business, due diligence if you will, like visiting my estate jewelry dealer friends on 47th Street.
And no NY shopping is complete without a walk through of Bergdorfs, at least through the jewelry section on the 1st floor
Bergdorf's jewelry department didn't disappoint.
(yes, I was that odd woman taking photos of the jewelry cases with my iphone!)

I couldn't decide if I loved or hated the Lorraine Schwartz stuff

like this big fat bright green emerald ring
Is that the same one that Angelina Jolie wore on the red carpet
or does Lorraine Schwartz keep making these rings?
There were the usual high end lines, Verdura, Buccellati, De Grisogono, Van Cleef in it's own boutique and jewelry lines that I've never even heard of....I don't get out much.
But I was pleasantly surprised to find a couple of cases of jewelry by Carnet like these multi stone earrings with huge diamond dangles. Michelle Ong, who designs for Carnet, is in my opinion on the level of JAR in Paris and James de Givenchy at Taffin in New York. She is certainly one of the top three jewelry designers in the world in terms of creative use of fine gemstones.
She does really amazing work, like this elongated oval sapphire cabochon ring.
It is a work of art.
And note those black and white earrings in the corner of the photo.
They sell for $48,000 at Bergdorfs.

The Beladora price for the Carnet Diamond Fan Earrings is a just t'wee bit lower at $33,500
Yeah, Carnet jewelry is expensive, but it is truly stunning.
No matter the season the shopping scene in NY is always energized and fun. Here at home, from Neiman's to Barney's on Wilshire Boulevard, and up and down Rodeo Drive and the Beverly Hills side streets, I never feel that same kind energy as I do in NY, except maybe around the holidays.
Rodeo Drive is being dressed up for Christmas this week and maybe some of that NY shopping spirit will liven up the street.
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5 comments:

Deja Pseu said...

I was shopping on Rodeo with some friends last Saturday and it was DEAD. We had bored Sales Associates clustered around us wanting to chat and play with my friend's dogs, they were that desperate.

Deja Pseu said...

Gorgeous bijoux too!

Jill said...

I love shearling!!!!

Belle de Ville said...

So do I Jill...in fact I love all furry things. There just happened to be a trunk show...and I just happened to be cold...so there you go.

WendyB said...

I do like the shape of the sapphire ring.

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