The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920’s just opened at the Cooper Hewitt Museum in New York City, and it will run until August 20th. What comes to your mind when you think of this time in history? For me, I think about the new freedom for women, from the right to vote to rising hemlines. I picture speakeasies where people were dancing the Charleston and drinking cocktails, despite prohibition. If you’d like to explore this era, you’ll surely enjoy this new multi-media exhibit which features a wide array, from fashion to architecture, to music and film, and more.
Neil Lane, jeweler to the stars, is showing many pieces from his personal collection from the 20’s and 30’s. While you may know Neil as a jewelry designer, he is in fact a major collector as well. While growing up in Brooklyn, he began earning money from selling glass and other decorative objects. By the time he finished college, he had enough money to book a ticket to Paris. This is where he really had the opportunity to train his eye and learned to be a well-curated collector.
I’d like to share some of the pieces showing at this exhibit. You may recognize this first necklace, as it was worn by Jennifer Lawerence at the 2014 Oscar’s. (cool how she draped it down her back) This sautoir is composed of diamonds, platinum and carved rock crystal. It’s signed Chalet et cie, Paris, France. It’s from the royal family Montino Bourbon Del Monte Di San Faustian.
6 thoughts on “Neil Lane Jewelry at The Cooper Hewitt — The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920’s”
Le sigh. Wish we could all see the show in NY! Thank you for the post, Amy. Intensely beautiful pieces.
Glad you enjoyed it, Elise!
Really interesting story and gorgeous pieces 🙂
Thanks, mom. 🙂
I loved seeing the beautiful treasures and learning about Neil Lane. The exhibit must be such a feast for the eyes! Amy, thanks for your details.
I can’t even imagine what his whole collection looks like — I would SO love to see it, Bev!