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- Robert Sorrell, a New York designer who does a lot of work for Cirque de Soleil, is among my favorites. He works mostly with vintage stones. His jewels, although influenced by vintage designs, are uniquely his own. He is widely known for his cascading necklaces, his long elegant earrings, and fantastic cuff bracelets. He works alone and therefore has a small production. However, I have rarely seen a piece that I don't lust after!
- Alan Anderson, Canada's darling in costume jewelry is also a one man show. He searches for unique stones, mostly vintage swarofski crystals, and secures them in large claw settings. His large necklaces are spectacular, with wonderful, off-beat color combos. My pick with Anderson is his statement necklaces on japanned metal. Keep your eyes out for this new star!
- Next is veteran Lawrence Vrba, who once worked in the Miriam Haskell production house. Although many of his pieces reflect "a blast from his past" (think huge 5" flower pins constructed with shells and stones and mammoth Christmas tree brooches) they are objects of wearable art. Kudos to him for his continued collections.
- David Mandel, of The Show Must Go On, is well known for his life size lobster brooch, which sits on my desk when I am not wearing it. David Mandel definitely takes the cake for 'most over-the-top designer.'
If you haven't already been exposed to these talented designers, check them out in our Contemporary Collectibles Spotlight. You will not be disappointed!
The Hospital for Sick Children is Canada's most research-intensive hospital and the largest center dedicated to improving children's health in the country. We feel privileged to be part of their fund raising program. Please stop by and have fun selecting treasures for yourself and loved ones, while helping to fund a most worthy cause. I will be at the event, signing copies of my book, Fabulous Fakes, which will be available for sale. In addition, if you make a purchase from our site from now until the New Year, we will contribute 20% of the sale to the Hospital for Sick Children. We will also be accepting direct contributions to the HSC at the show. I look forward to meeting you on December 2nd!
*Carole Tanenbaum Vintage Collection is on permanent view at Holt Renfrew on Bloor, and White Bridal on Hazelton Avenue, Toronto.
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Statement jewelry is everywhere this fall, and Carole Tanenbaum is the queen of costume. Here is a list of some things to watch out for when searching for your own vintage treasures:
- Watch for metal that is tarnished green. This is a sign that copper has oxidized, and if copper is a component in the metal, then the metal may be damaged. If the tarnish is just on the surface of the metal however, try wiping it with a soft cloth, or use vinegar on a q-tip for spot cleaning.
- Jewelry boxes should be organised so that pieces do not touch each other. To avoid scratching, try velvet pads. They can be purchased from almost any jewelry supply store, or you can make them yourself with cotton velvet.
- Bracelets should be stored on bracelet stands, or an upright paper towel stand. Hinged bracelets must be stored lying down, as older hinges have the tendancy to weaken.
- I always feel that less is more when cleaning vintage pieces. However, if you must, test a small area on the back of the piece to ensure that you are using the right product.
- Check brooch clasps to see if they work. They are difficult to repair as early clasps are no longer being made. If you feel the clasp is loose, cut a square out of a rubber band and secure it to the pin of the brooch before closure.