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Lisa Kramer Vintage Takes On London

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We first caught up with Lisa of Lisa Kramer Vintage back in August. Since then she has done some traveling! Most significantly, a lengthy trip to London in search of jewelry. She came back refreshed and ready to sell her finds at a few shows coming up–like the Modernism Show in Palm Springs next month and has been listing many pieces in her Ruby Lane shop. We are excited that she is sharing a few tips from her buying trip, sharing some pieces with us (even a few that haven’t even made her shop yet), and even sharing a fun museum stop she made while across the pond! If you love reading articles like this, Lisa and myself encourage you to subscribe to her blog here.

So where did she go on her great English journey?! While in London, Lisa checked out Portobello Road market, The Jubilee Market Hall (on a Monday), Camden Passage, and the best kept-secret out there, a market just outside of London called Kempton Park. Lisa has put together a blog post highlighting all the best markets in London which one can visit in a week’s time; check out the blog post here. She has also outlines the Kempton Park show and gives some insider info. While over in Europe, Lisa took a side trip to Nice to try her luck out that way.  She says, “I haven’t written about antiquing in Nice or Cannes because, even though I spent several hours walking around the “Antiques District” in Nice and went to the brocante in Cannes, I didn’t really find any great sources of jewelry.  If there is a good antique market for jewelry in this part of the world, I haven’t yet found it.” Good to know from the expert herself!

Several of the pieces that she brought back will be sold at her upcoming shows or in her Ruby Lane shop. The items above, from top to bottom include:

  • 1950’s moonstone and sapphire bracelet set in yellow and white gold (moonstones in yellow, sapphires in white)   
  • The chain and moonstone were from England, the chain from Portobello and the bracelet from the big antique fair in Newark, the gold bracelet from a local estate auction. Not only is the Newark fair the largest in England, the show promoters run shows all over England! The chain is sold, the bracelets still available.
  • This first grouping is very much in that sculptural vein. The large brooch is by the Brazilian modernist landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx. I love the way the swirls of the design are reminiscent of his landscape designs. The ring at the top left is by Bjorn Weckstrom of Lapponia, and I love the way the stone looks like it’s been carved out of the gold.  The stone is of no value but is being used for affect. The ring on the left is French, but by an unknown maker as is the one on the right which has a bold gold setting set with glazed ceramic.
  • The malachite pendant is a bit of a puzzle as to age; the dealer which it was purchased from thought it to be early 20th century and it does have some machine-age design qualities.  On the other hand, the overall silhouette is very 60’s/70’s.
  • This next photo is of a pair of pieces by studio jewelers, one well-known and the other pretty much unknown.  The brooch is by Ed Weiner, a classic piece of his.  The ring is one of Lisa’s favorite recent finds and by a little-known Bay Area studio jeweler named Margot Elberg.  She was also a ceramicist and sculptor and it shows in this ring.
  • These rings fall under the category great wearable jewelry with sculptural qualities. The top is actually a set of three pearl rings which can be worn singly or together.  The moonstone ring has a setting that is simple yet beautiful, and the bypass ring has a wonderful sculptural quality.  

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Museums are another area I like to touch upon when traveling and exploring–I highlight notable museums if jewelry is found within the museum’s walls. The Wallace Collection, however, doesn’t involve jewelry but another topic I feel passion for–portrait miniatures and Rococo style paintings. Lisa visited The Wallace Collection while on her trip and I was instantly pining for a trip overseas. “The Wallace Collection is a national museum which displays the wonderful works of art collected in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries by the first four Marquesses of Hertford and Sir Richard Wallace, the son of the 4th Marquess. It was bequeathed to the British nation by Sir Richard’s widow, Lady Wallace, in 1897.” (Taken from WallaceCollection.org) This place is what dreams are made of!

Visit The Wallace Collection: Hertford House, Manchester Square, London W1U 3BN, United Kingdom

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