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Fine jewelry can be intimidating. It’s a big investment and for many new buyers to the jewelry market, they don’t yet have the knowledge to inform their purchasing. Beekman New York, however, is aiming to shift the norms with the launch of its fine-jewelry sharing service, by giving potential buyers and admirers the opportunity to try out exceptional pieces on loan.
Meticulously curated by its founders, Dr. Sharon Novak and Mr. Chris Keesee, the 1,000 piece collection includes pieces from 1870 until the present, all certified and complete with extensive history and background. Dr. Novak explained that they sought to acquire the pieces that really represent the DNA of each jewelry house. So if you’re looking for a piece from Cartier, David Webb, or Boucheron for example, Beekman New York will offer the most iconic. From Verdura, that is an exquisite pair of hand-carved Jade cuffs. From Bulgari, it’s a diamond serpent necklace, only 7 of which are in existence. Clients can pay a daily rental fee anywhere from $25 to $1,500 or they can pay a monthly subscription for the service. The hope is to create a living library, as Dr. Novak says, a service to educate and allow for these rare pieces available to be worn and enjoyed.
Here are some Departures exclusive highlights, all available for loan beginning today:
Black Jade, Peridot, Amethyst, Diamond, and Pearl Cuff Bracelets, Verdura
Pair of Black jade cuff bracelets set with circular cut diamonds, step cut peridots, cushion cut amethysts and cultured pearls, 18k yellow gold, signed Verdura.
Amethyst and Green Tourmaline Bead, Diamond and Gold Link Expandable Bracelet, Bulgari
Bracelet of amethyst and green tourmaline beads between gold links set with round brilliant G-VS1 diamonds and lozenge-shaped gold motifs, signed Bulgari.
Kunzite, Diamond, and Peridot 'Raja' Ring, Verdura
46.06-carat round faceted kunzite 'Raja' ring set with 7.2 carats of oval faceted peridot and 1.44 carats of round brilliant cut diamonds, signed Verdura.
Diamond, Emerald, and Onyx Panthère de Cartier Ring, Cartier
0.92 carats of round brilliant cut diamonds, faceted round emerald, and carved onyx cocktail ring in 18K white gold; Cartier, Panthère de Cartier collection.
Yellow Gold, Platinum, and Diamond Choker Necklace, Paloma Picasso for Tiffany and Co. 1980
Platinum and 18K yellow gold choker necklace set with .50 carats of round brilliant cut diamonds, signed Paloma Picasso Tiffany and Co. 1980.
Diamond and Gold 'Maillon Panthère' Necklace and Bracelet, Cartier
'Maillon Panthère' 18K yellow gold necklace of flattened brick links with 11 carats round brilliant-cut diamonds, signed Cartier.
'Maillon Panthère' bracelet of flattened brick links with 9 carats round brilliant-cut diamonds, signed Cartier.
Emerald, Ruby, and Diamond Tiger Ring, David Webb
18K yellow gold and black enamel tiger ring with cabochon ruby eyes and a cabochon emerald cap set with .52 carats round brilliant cut diamonds, signed David Webb.