Sunday, August 11, 2013

Cocktails at Tiffany with Gatsby & Schlumberger

Way back in April I attended a cocktail party at Tiffany's via the Women's Committee of the Central Park Conservancy.  Here is the lovely invitation:

Invitation for cocktails at Tiffany

Cocktails were served upstairs in a room showcasing the new Gatsby collection of jewelry, launched in honor of the movie, The Great Gatsby, that premiered this past Spring.  The jewels were flapper chic and we were allowed to try them on to our hearts' content.  I think my favorite was a stork pin, because it made me think of the famous Stork Club.  I took a photo of it, below.  The other Gatsby images are from the catalog, because I was too busy trying on jewelry to photograph most of it.

Stork pin from the Gatsby collection

The Gatsby collection catalog

An intro to the dazzling jewels.....

The ultimate ice "tennis" bracelets

A pearl Daisy Buchanan


Stunning sapphire and ice...

A little silver from the Ziegfeld Collection

The room where we were served cocktails and where the Gatsby jewels were displayed also housed some of the Jean Schlumberger collection.  I gravitated towards that pretty quickly and found two bracelets that are now on my "wish list."

My favorite Schlumberger bracelets

The photos really don't do them justice, but when you try them on they are simply amazing.  I didn't want to take them off and the very gracious staff indulged me for a long time.

Posing with the Schlumberger and a "cat that ate the canary" grin

As usually happens at a jewelry related event I was the last one to leave the party.  All in the name of blog research, of course!  On our way out the elevator doors opened right in front of the main floor Schlumberger counter, so naturally I had to stop to admire the beautiful pieces. 

A vibrantly colored enamel parrot brooch and matching bracelets

The salesman behind the counter, Gary Hassell, was a long time Tiffany employee and a Schlumberger expert and he shared some wonderful stories with us, including that he had sold a white enamel Schlumberger bracelet to Jackie Kennedy.  I did a Google search and found a photo of her wearing one.  Perhaps this was the very same! 

Jackie wearing her white enamel Schlumberger
It's always a special treat to have a private viewing of magnificent jewelry, and even more so to hear some of the glamorous history behind the pieces.

Some photos courtesy of Daniel Colon

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