Special guest, Mahnaz, to host a ‘Meet and Greet‘ at Richters of Palm Beach on Wednesday, February 13, 2019

By Brandy Guthrie

Committed jewelry aficionado and champion of well-curated vintage, the Mahnaz Collection will be in Palm Beach Feb 13-18.  Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Mahnaz, a former foreign policy expert turned jewelry historian will escape NYC’s frigid temperatures to introduce her curated collection to Palm Beach. Typically available for viewing by-appointment only at her gallery on East 57th Street, a selection from exquisite jewels will be available to Palm Beachers at Richters on Worth Avenue from Feb 13-18.

Launched in 2012 by Mahnaz Ispahani Bartos, the Mahnaz Collection collects and sells original, influential, fine vintage, designer and artist-made jewelry, primarily from the mid-to-late twentieth century. The jewels are authentic North and South American and European design classics.  Often handmade and rich in color, these innovative and finely crafted jewels are bold, yet timeless in style. Important design concepts, explored in precious and semi-precious materials, shape the collection.

18 karat gold Trojan Horse motif cuff designed by Anton Fruhauf in c. 1970

Showcased during Mahnaz’s visit will be a variety of the mid-to-late twentieth century designer and artist-made jewelry on which the gallery has built its reputation. Featured in the pages of Vogue, Town & Country, and Harper’s Bazaar, and on the shelves of Barneys New York, these often handmade bold designs have been assembled with a scholar’s touch. The collection is a blend of rare jewelry by historic design houses, as well as by independent artists, with a certain affinity for British jewelers from the 1960s and 70s, along with contemporary Hopi, Navajo, and Pueblo modernist jewelry.

Features include select vintage and modern jewels by Boucheron, Chaumet, Cazzaniga, Hemmerle, David Morris, Kutchinsky, Burle Marx, Nanna Ditzel, Andrew Grima, Charles Loloma, and Richard Chavez.

Follow Mahnaz Collection for regular reminders on why you do not want to miss out!

Take a look for yourself at the slideshow below.

 

Champagne and conversation with Mahnaz Ispahani Bartos to be held at

Richters,  224 Worth Avenue on Wednesday, Feb 13th from 2-5 PM

Tortoiseshell: A Timeless Trend

From bags to shoes to glasses, tortoise shell is seemingly everywhere, and I’m not complaining. Especially after finally finding its way into my personal jewelry collection! I recently popped into one of my favorite shops, Sequin, on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach and couldn’t resist these faux tortoise shell earrings. Not only are they made to look like the coveted tortoise shell, they also have coral colored gems which accentuate the tortoise shell design. What girl doesn’t want to mimic Grace Kelly or Audrey Hepburn, who sported the timeless black and brown spots on a variety of their accessories, right? And the best part—they are super lightweight so they can be worn comfortably all day long!

A rule of thumb for seamless inclusion into your wardrobe: simply consider tortoise shell a neutral. A maximalist neutral that will be sure to catch everyone’s eye!

Finding Your Own Sunshine with Vivre Couture

Hand painted artwork worthy of a gallery exhibition? Lusciously tropical garments guaranteed to turn heads at any of life’s premier moments? Yes, please! Vivre Couture, a partnership between designer Kristen Alyce and artists from around the world, fuses the highest quality elements of art, design, and construction into their hyper-inspired line of wearables. Their line, which includes apparel for men and women as well as accessories including handbags, bow ties, luggage tags, shoes, cardholders, and belts represents the best of the Palm Beach experience and happens to be my latest obsession. vivre couture

What sets Vivre Couture and their “wall to wardrobe” concept apart is this team’s unmatched commitment to advance the meeting of fine art and couture fashion. Each item is carefully crafted with fine canvas and linen, then hand painted with thick bodied acrylic paints. Gowns and cocktail attire are created with in-home custom fittings and require between 24-80 hours of hands-on attention to include  designer, seamstress, and artist. Take a look for yourself at https://vivrecouture.com.

PapiChulo Tacos, bringing flavor to Jupiter

To me, the best food is the freshest with the fewest ingredients. Simple enough, right? This brings me to everyone’s favorite Tuesday night fare–the taco. Everyone is sure to have an opinion on where to find the best of this deceptively simple dish. This is where I return to my “freshest and fewest” philosophy. To be sure, there are plenty of taco spots that I happily visit to satisfy my cravings, but there can be only one spot I call the best!

Papichulo Tacos Palm BeachFortunately, I have found my personal El Dorado, courtesy of the cozy and authentic PapiChulo Tacos. Recently opened, and nestled near the Jupiter Lighthouse, the eatery attracted me with its creative cocktails and menu promising authentic Mexican-style street food. Homemade tortillas? Check. Mexican Shrimp Ceviche? Of course. Housemade Sangria? Yes, please!

And yes, I had the perfectly prepared street corn smothered gloriously in chipotle mayo, along with the quesadilla stuffed with cheese straight from Oaxaca. So many salivating choices on my path to the main event. For my first visit, I tried Carne Asada, Pollo, and Repollitos (crispy brussel sprouts with secret sauce and queso frecso, YUM!). Each was to die for in their own unique way, but I’m wondering what it would take to get a bottle of the chimichurri sauce! Hands down, dare I say, best tacos I have had in Palm Beach County. I plan on returning ASAP to taste what I could not manage to order before being rolled out. Get a peek at their menu and specials here: https://www.papichulotacos.com/menu. Tell them Brandy sent you!

 

Three days of exceptional craftmanship and design: Temple St. Clair (Thursday, Jan. 17th) Oscar Heyman (Friday and Saturday, Jan. 18th and 19th)

Temple St. Clair iconic amulets

Temple’s fine jewelry collection is recognized for iconic rock crystal amulets, triple granulation and archer’s granule; all are signature brand elements with a nod to the designer’s classical foundation.  With her High Jewelry collection, St. Clair celebrates a connoisseur level of gemstones with one-of-a-kind pieces born out of an ongoing quest for the rarest stones in the world such as richly patterned Lightening Ridge Australian Black Opal, electric blue Brazilian Paraiba Tourmaline, fiery African Tsavorite, and her iconic Royal Blue Moonstone.

Uncompromising in her choice of materials and execution, St. Clair explores themes that are meaningful to her through a lens of whimsy and discovery. Her critically acclaimed, Mythical Creatures from The Golden Menagerie, made its début at the Louvre Museum in Paris in January 2015. The second chapter of the Golden Menagerie trilogy, Wings of Desire, was presented at the Salon: Art + Design at the Park Avenue Armory in November 2015. The final chapter, The Big Game, was exhibited in December 2016 at the prestigious DeLorenzo Gallery in New York City.

Hamilton Jewelers on Worth Avenue invites you to a special Styling Event at their Worth Avenue location Thursday January 17th through Saturday the 19th.  Brand Ambassadors from world renowned designers Temple St. Clair and Oscar Heyman will be on site presenting their newest collections.

Oscar Heyman, from the Russian Court to the Golden Globes Red Carpet

Oscar Heyman & Brothers has been a family business since its establishment in 1912. . The company’s founding brothers, Oscar

Oscar Heyman, Platinum Fire Opal Ring

and Nathan, apprenticed at a workshop that produced high-style ornaments for the Russian court jeweler Peter Carl Fabergé before leaving Eastern Europe for New York. Within a few years, they established their own firm, distinctive for dynamic and contemporary designs, fine craftsmanship, technological sophistication and high-quality materials. Eventually, the other Heyman brothers joined the growing business, which remains entirely autonomous—maintaining in-house production of jewelry from inception through completion—to this day. Oscar Heyman has evolved from a behind the scenes manufacturer to a stand-alone brand, known and appreciated by jewelry connoisseurs and celebrities from around the world. The evidence that Oscar Heyman creates heirloom-quality jewelry, both in style and  in function, is in the company’s storied history.

Check out the video below!

Billy Porter, nominated for Best Actor in a TV Series for Pose, wearing Oscar Heyman at 2019 Golden Globes this week!

Billy Porter

Hamilton Jewelers, 251 Worth Avenue

To make an appointment, please call 561.659.6788.