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Exquisite vintage jewellery at LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair

HighLifeChannel September 20, 2018

There’s nothing like an antiques fair to get me all excited about vintage jewellery again, especially when it’s as handily located as the Lapada Art&Antiques Fair in Berkeley Square.

Now in its tenth year, the United Kingdom’s Association of Art & Antique Dealers’ annual fair is a deservedly respected one, showcasing the very best of everything from antique clocks to contemporary art and, of course, jewellery. And since that’s my remit, here’s my round up of some of the best pieces across the fair.

At Anthea A G Antiques, there is a 1960s dress clip of one Mr D. Duck signed by Georges Lenfant, one of the great 20th century French goldsmithing houses who created works for the likes of Boivin, Van Cleef & Arpels and Cartier. This little guy has serious attitude with his faceted citrine body and diamond-encrusted bow-tie. Also, I’m pretty sure he’s giving me side-eye.

Two gold and diamond butterfly brooches from the 1950s by Rene Boivin flit prettily at Lucas Rarities, the Mayfair dealer that always has some extraordinary pieces hidden up its sleeve. Two of these on either lapel of a fitted le smoking jacket would be incredibly chic.

Newcomer to the fair, Antwerp dealer Honourable Silver Objects – Cabinet of Curiosities continues the cute creatures trend with two mid-century Cartier ladybugs in lapis lazuli with gold and diamond accents. It is also showing the most beautiful Cartier London headpins in coral and gold with lapis lazuli beads.

I’m not sure I’ll ever get to wear a tiara for anything other than a shameless selfie but The Gilded Lily has an exquisite English one, circa 1900, with a yellow-gold frame supporting gently swirling diamond fronds. Its offer also includes a starfish brooch in diamonds interspersed with aquamarines that would look incredible as a clasp on a little black belted dress.

 For serious bling, look to Moira, which is showing a French, antique diamond ‘fringe’ necklace with beautiful old-cut diamond drops of graduating size, and a detachable back section that can be worn as a bracelet. It’s a fairly major statement piece with really beautiful old diamonds, and that ever-telling ‘Price on request’ tag.
This is just a handful of standout pieces, and there are hundreds more across the fair to gaze at, question the vendors over, and – if you’re in the market – purchase. Otherwise, like me, just go for a good nosy and when feeling brave, a trying-on session for shameless selfie-taking.

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