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The National Jewelry Institute at The Forbes Galleries unveiled its Treasures of the Titans: 1950-Present, an exhibition of jewelry and collectibles from famous and powerful personages from the 1950s to the present. This show is a sequel to the hugely successful exhibition Treasures of the Titans: 1900-1950 exhibited at the galleries in 2005.

Treasures of the Titans: 1950-Present is a walk through of the personal lives of some of history’s most influential people. Many of the objects belong to private collections and have never been seen by a public audience. “We are extremely pleased to establish this prestigious partnership with the National Jewelry Institute,” said Forbes Vice Chairman and NJI Board Member Christopher “Kip” Forbes. “When the Fabergé collection was returned to Russia last year, we began looking for a worthy successor for the Forbes Jewelry Gallery.”

Like its forerunner, this exhibition will have four themed categories: Arts & Society, Sports & Entertainment, Government & Royalty, and Industry & Finance. All pieces in the show are quintessential examples of personal style ranging from watches to necklaces, commemorative boxes and medals to cufflinks and money clips.

Arts & Society highlights include a gold flower brooch owned by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis; a bold and beautiful Seaman Schepps bracelet owned by Andy Warhol; favorite accessories from the personal collections of top designers such as Giorgio Armani and Ralph Lauren; and a Van Cleef & Arpels diamond and ruby brooch worn by opera singer Maria Callas.

Sports & Entertainment showcases many items given in celebration or in honor of pinnacles of achievement. There’s the Black Starr & Gorman silver box which was designed to hold the ball with which Ted Williams hit his 512th homerun. There is a a dazzling gold and diamond Bulgari parure owned by Sophia Loren, an elegant Mikimoto pearl necklace given to Marilyn Monroe by Joe DiMaggio. Vivien Leigh carried a beautiful gold and ruby powder case by Cartier and Elton John appropriately wore one-of-a-kind gold, ruby and diamond globe to commemorate his 1989-90 world tour.

L. to r.: Barbara Cirkva; Paul Wallace and Saundra Whitney; Gaetana Enders.

Government & Royalty sets the tone with pieces that commemorate historical events of the second half of the 20th century. On display for the first time are beautiful jewels of Princess Grace of Monaco, including a glamorous pair of Van Cleef & Arpels diamond and platinum earrings and a sterling silver dressing set from Cartier; the investiture crown of Charles, the Prince of Wales, and the monogrammed cufflinks of President John F. Kennedy. Many of the pieces represent an intimate side of powerful world leaders such as a medallion clock commemorating the voyage of the Mayflower II given by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to his granddaughter.

Industry & Finance includes luxurious and pragmatic items owned by the titans of the business world, such as a Torah shield (tas) owned by Michael Steinhardt, gold and diamond cufflinks of Time Warner CEO, Richard Parsons, a marble inkwell that decorated the desk of Estée Lauder, the silver 18th century marriage cups owned by advertising giant David Ogilvy, a beautiful Fabergé cigarette case owned by Malcolm S. Forbes, and a scrimshaw walrus tusk owned by William F. Buckley.

The show runs through July 22 at the Forbes Gallery at 62 Fifth Avenue at 12th Street.

Robert Ambrose, Marco Maccioni, Elena Putilina, Judith Price, Dipu Mehta, and Sirio Maccioni

Paula Root and Karen LeFrak

Ralph Destino and Sirio Maccioni

Peter Price, Sondra Gilman Gonzalez-Falla, Celso Gonzalez-Falla, Christiane Fischer, and Ashton Hawkins

Robert Bradford and Barbara Taylor Bradford

Corice Arman, Baroness Van Lagendorff, and friend

Kip Forbes and Elaine Sargent

Saundra Whitney, Anne Eisenhower, and Barbara Taylor Bradford

Claire Danes hosted the 100th anniversary celebration for Montblanc, the international luxury brand. The evening featured a live performance of songs by Lauryn Hill, as well as a performance by illusionist Criss Angel. Angel created an illusion to reveal the never before seen Montblanc-cut diamond – with 43 facets in the shape of the brand’s logo – a star.

Wolff Heinrichsdorff, co-managing director of Montblanc International and Jan-Patrick Schmitz, president and CEO of Montblanc North America welcomed Mandy Moore, Marcia Gay Harden, Jonathan Rhys Meyer, Ashanti, Giovanni Ribisi, Tony Danza, Jane Seymour, Padma Lakshmi, Somers Farkas, Farnsworth Bentley, Aisha Tyler, Liya Kebede, Anthony Ruivivar, and Richie Rich.

Criss Angel, Lauryn Hill, and Claire Danes

Jan-Patrick Schmitz, Claire Danes, and Wolff Heinrichsdorff
L. to r.: Somers Farkas; Liya Kebede and Ashanti; Lauryn Hill.

Claire Danes with Montblanc diamond

Giovanni Ribisi
Jennifer Olsen

Mandy Moore

Padma Lakshmi-Rushdie
Richie Rich

Marcia Gay Harden

Tony Danza
Jane Seymour

The New-York Historical Society’s President Louise Mirrer and the Board of Trustees held "An Evening At the Society: Recalling the Speakeasy Era," featuring live music (and 1920s period dress for the adventuresome). The Evening benefited N-YHS's educational programming.

Committee Members

Corey Lambert, Davis Spitz, and Count Vincent Grimaldi de Puget

Juliet Kalib, Dena Blank, Abbe Rosenbaum, Nathan Nassif, and Eliza S.

L. to r.: Cocktail hour at the N-YHS; Susan and Chris Turcotte.

John Jakobson, Kristen McGinnis, Joan Jakobson, and Caitlin Tash

N-YHS guests

On another New York night, the New-York Historical Society celebrated the opening of “Audubon’s Aviary” with a reception and preview where they honored trustees Dan Lufkin, Edmund Duffy, Jack Nash, and Norman Peck. “Audubon’s Aviary” is a multi-media exhibition featuring a four-dimensional soundscape of birdcalls and video that showcases the delicate watercolors of John James Audubon. These were preparatory for his sumptuous, double-elephant folio print edition of The Birds of America (1827-38) including The Great Egret of 1821, Wood Duck, Ivory Billed Woodpecker, Ruby Throated Hummingbird, Bald Eagle, and Sandhill Crane.

L. to r.: At the opening reception of "Audubon's Aviary"; Joel Oppenheimer.

Cynthia and Dan Lufkin with Louise Mirrer

Dennis and Charlie Morrow

Dan Lufkin, Nancy Newcomb, Louise Mirrer, and Joel Oppenheimer

Donna Schwartz and Morrison Heckscher

Joel and Laura Oppenheimer

John Flicker, Thomas Butler, Dan Lufkin, David Miller, and Constantine Sidamon-Eristoff

Kristel Ariel, David Oppenheimer, and Ariel Oppenheimer

Louise Mirrer and Nancy Newcomb

Mary Cronson, Betsy Gotbaum, and Dan Lufkin

Louise Mirrer, Mary Cronson, and Betsy Gotbaum

March 12th was “ARTrageous” Children’s Day at the Metropolian Pavilion benefiting the Edwin Gould Services. Committee members Allison Weiss and Chip Brady returned from their honeymoon (the couple married on March 4th in Miami) from the Bahamas just in time for this event that helps foster children and their families.

In lieu of wedding gifts, the couple asked guests to give money to Edwin Gould Services. Those painting away with the kids included artist Jeff Koons, Miami-based artist Romero Britto, Real World cast member Chris Beckman, America’s next Top Model winner Yoanna House, MTV’s Rich Girls Star Jamie Gleischer and Jordin Ruderman and Scott Sicari who host NBC’s Trading Spaces: Boys Vs. Girls.

By the end of this year the Edwin Gould Services for Children and Families, which is the #1 Foster Care Agency in New York City, expects to have served an estimated 600 foster/congregate care families.

This year, ARTrageous celebrated its 5th anniversary with its popular charity event filled with carnival games, prizes, food and entertainment.

Chris Beckman, Allison Weiss, and Chip Brady

Debra Wasser, Allison Weiss, and Jill Zarin

Jordin Ruderman and Scott Sicari

Artrageous kiddies

Antony Zito and Jaime Gleischer

Jeff Koons

Romero Britto

Larissa Bond
Yoanna House

Photographs by Eric Weiss (NJI).


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