As many of you know, I am a passionate traveler. When in a new place, I love to immerse myself in my temporary home, wrapping myself in its culture, rhythm and personality as much as possible. Because I engage so completely with each destination, many cities and enclaves around the world now hold a piece of my heart.
This past month, I fell in love with a new city: New Orleans.
It’s distinct culture, friendly people, and welcoming atmosphere drew me in immediately. ‘The Big Easy’ is certainly an accurate moniker. The city feels comfortable, unhurried, and amicable towards its many visitors.
It also is a joyful city, seemingly in constant celebration, with a myriad of festive parades honoring every possible occasion. Beads, shoes, and cabbages are among the items tossed from the many floats, varying in accordance with each specific event.
The happy sounds of celebration are almost always accompanied by the sound of actual music. During my stay in New Orleans, I witnessed everything from full marching bands, to individuals playing trumpets, pianos, and pots in the streets. What a vibrant place! Although the constant swell of activity could be garish, the city—and its many performers—maintain a clear sense of dignity that anchors New Orleans in reality.
The creativity that flows boldly through the city extends into its vibrant food scene.
This is a city that is passionate about its food. The quality is excellent, and the sheer quantity of different cuisines is staggering. From local favorites to exotic temptations, New Orleans has it all. You simply can’t leave without trying a po’boy sandwich, a king cake, and some jambalaya. Oh—and I think it goes without saying that you’ll need at least one beignet per day to satisfy your new obsession.
Looking for a specific recommendation? One of the best dinners I’ve had in recent memory was at Doris Metropolitan: a perfectly cooked dry aged steak. Yes, please.
If that’s not enough to lure you down south, there’s also a fantastic array of architectural triumphs extending throughout New Orleans’ 20 historical districts (more than any U.S. city!). Secret gardens, old mansions, and beautiful cast iron fences are featured prominently in the French and Garden districts, which are my favorite thus far. If you’re up for a stroll, make sure to head over to Magazine Street, where you’ll find six miles of shops, galleries, historic homes, and restaurants. It’s a great place to explore for the day.Now for the jewelry:
Although I thoroughly enjoyed my time in New Orleans, this was in fact, a business trip. As a city with a rich and diverse history, I knew New Orleans would be a great place to treasure hunt for estate jewelry from the world over. What I found exceeded expectations.
From fine Victorian and Art Nouveau jewelry, to retro pieces from 1935-1950, to Deco, and Edwardian, New Orleans has it all. I found a great deal of variation in both style and material due to fashion and trade evolution throughout the decades. The introduction and expansion of the use of platinum was especially notable.As some of you know, I have partnered with one of the country’s most trusted estate jewelers. Situated in the French quarter, my new friend and partner has deep roots in both the South and in the jewelry business as a whole. His immaculate reputation earned by maintaining respectful relationships with his clientele throughout the generations, gave us access to an expansive antique collection dating back to the early 19th century. I am pleased to announce that I am now am able to offer unique antique and estate jewelry, as well as a very large selection of vintage Rolex and Cartier watches for both men and women.
The vintage watch market has seen massive growth over the last five years.
Why? Increased interest on the internet and various social media platforms has made vintage watches the must have accessory in today’s diverse fashion landscape. They act as the perfect finishing touch to any outfit, adding a unique element that truly makes a statement about the wearer’s style. In short—they are cool, and fun to collect.
Before you run out and attempt to find your dream watch, let me give you one piece of advice—know who is selling it to you. Whether you’re after a Patek Phillipe, a Rolex, or a Cartier, the same rule applies.
You need a trustworthy seller with real expertise to guide you through your vintage shopping experience.
Did you know that not all watch brands mature at the same rate? An expert can lead you to brands that are known to hold their value over time and confirm authenticity. A knowledgeable seller is also needed for a thorough appraisal. Elements such as the serial number, unique markings on the face and elsewhere, and the specific production year are key. It is also important to know if the watch still has its original parts, if it has been opened properly in the past, and if it contains matching dial dots and hand patina—which could signal replacement parts.
Allow us to help you choose the perfect vintage watch, whether that may be a Rolex Air-King or a Submariner. The right one is out there, the question is: are you ready to be the next chapter in your watch’s history?
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