Every year, the anticipation of the Las Vegas Antique Jewelry Show is high–even more so this time around, for me at least! With a packed schedule of appointments at the other shows, I was truly looking forward to some unwinding time at the antique show, with no appointments in sight…just me and the jewels! I got to walk the show with my friends Sunny of Sunny S. Bond Jewelry and Lauren aka By Gold Girl who are so much fun to be around, and the fact that we are all around the same height makes us a great little trio! Ha! There totally was a “tall girls club” going on at these shows this past week, and for someone has has to exaggerate by adding on that one inch when you tell someone how tall you are, this was great!
The vibe of the show was great this year–although I was pretty bummed for missing opening day, where I heard the line out the door before the show opened was crazy long. Many of the vendors noted that Friday (the day I attended) was slower than normal, but also crediting the opening of the JCK show as to most likely why. As a buyer/attendee, I welcomed the fact that the aisles were less congested and I could easily walk up to a booth and converse with the booth owners without being interrupted. Another topic of conversation was how as a community of antique jewelry lovers, everyone felt that the goods are getting harder and harder to find, hence why prices were definitely higher than normal. As a collector, I do see a definite increase and the demand for antique jewelry, so it will be interesting to see where the industry goes in the future.
This year I only had time to devote one full day at the antique show, where I normally spend two days. After doing this, I would say spending two days at the antique show is ideal, especially if you have a task or certain piece you need to find for a client. It is always nice to spend one day getting things done and then still have a whole extra day to browse and enjoy–you usually find the best things when you are browsing for fun.
As many of you know, I’m always on the hunt for date rings—my collection seen here. They are extremely tough to find and although I didn’t set out thinking I’d find any at the show this year, I had forgotten where I was after all–VEGAS! Yes, I struck date ring jackpot in Vegas! The first one came from Platt Boutique Jewelry, straight out of owner Larry Platt’s personal collection–there’s the type of man that will give you the shirt off their back, and then there’s the type that will give you the ring off their finger!! There’s a difference! 😉 What is special about this ring is the year it represents, 1921, being the Year of the Monkey and having a monkey on the side of the ring. That is quite awesome! The other EIGHT date rings came from the same seller, who told me that the entire collection came from the same person–someone who collected every date, also known as my long lost twin. How crazy is that?! Boy would I have loved to sit down with whomever that is/was. Also, only slightly heart-breaking to learn that there were lots more, which were sold throughout the years. Funny to think that the entire collection was intact–but I guess that wouldn’t make it such a fun hunt as it has been!
I did buy one other ring besides all the date rings, which I will reveal/talk about soon! Stay tuned!
Vendors pictured above:
Jacob’s Estate Jewelry
Platt Boutique Jewelry
Under the Crown Jewelry
Kenneth James Collection
D. Tenenbaum Inc.