After holding her inaugural holiday jewelry auction last December, Pam Stone, owner of The Benefit Shop Foundation, Inc. was gratified by the results and feedback she got from buyers. She knew she wanted to do another and after an outpouring of jewelry and fashion donations from estates over the last six months, she is presenting a holiday jewelry and designer fashion auction on Thursday, Dec. 2, at 10 am.
Featuring nearly 700 lots of estate jewelry, fashion jewelry, fine jewelry, designer fashion, and accessories, the auction covers a broad array from fine Madison Avenue jewelry such as a signed Chanel mother of pearl snail cocktail statement ring ($300-1,000), made in France, to offbeat “bug” jewelry like a whimsical signed spider brooch pin with crystal eyes. Among designer names represented in the sale are Chanel, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Pucci, Gucci and Hermes.
Given the nationwide shipping delays and supply chain issues plaguing traditional stores, the auction serves as the perfect holiday shopping opportunity for one-of-a-kind and striking statement pieces, including many fashion items never worn.
“We were really thrilled with how last year’s holiday jewelry sale went. This fashion and jewelry auction is even better and offers something for everyone, for every taste and budget,” Stone said. “Jewelry and fashion always sell well online and unlike furniture or large objects, there’s always room for one more piece of jewelry.”
The estates that donated “merch” to the auction ranges from a Manhattanite to a woman who once lived in Paris and settled in Westchester, bringing her collection of French jewelry; and a world traveler who had an affinity for exotic bug jewelry. While most of the offerings will be of interest to the ladies, there are great finds and designer wear for men also from such designers as Prada, Louis Vuitton and Hermès.
The sale kicks off with a great vintage find in lot 1, a Tiffany & Co. 18K gold curb link bracelet, France ($500-2,000) and is followed up soon after with a statement bib necklace ($100-400) having hand crafted natural turquoise stone and beads on fabric.
Native American and turquoise jewelry are well represented here, including a chunky turquoise stone choker necklace with a toggle clasp ($200-400) having large turquoise beads and a handmade Native American chief cuff bracelet ($150-300).
Pearls are a sentimental favorite for many and offerings here range from a set of three luxury freshwater black pearl necklaces ($200-700) with 14K white gold or sterling silver decorative clasps to a Brooks Brothers pearl style statement cocktail bracelet ($100-300).
Highly prized and ascribed mystical attributes over the centuries, amethyst is another popular material in jewelry from a carved amethyst necklace with white pearls and a Venetian masquerade clasp ($200-400) to a double-knotted and polished amethyst necklace with 14K and gem accents (also $200-400).
Designer fashion items in the sale that will make one feel like a star this holiday season range from tops and dresses to designer handbags and Hermès scarves. Offerings are led by a J. Mendel Paris luxury lynx fur stole with a ribbon tie ($200-600), 44 inches long; an Escada off-white virgin wood and angora cardigan ($200-500) having a wide shawl collar, never worn; a midcentury Emilio Pucci silk L&T dress in a classic colorful and reticulated hill pattern with green hues, eggplant and violet hues; and a Louis Vuitton leopard print wrap ($150-300) made in Italy.
Rounding out the auction will be a carved jade Buddha ring in 14K yellow gold ($150-300) in bodhisattva, a lady’s Burberry hooded wool cape in tan nova check, new old stock with original tags ($200-350) and a never-worn silk Cartier scarf ($150-$350). 33-inch square, in caramel and brown tones with a long swag of beaded pearls along the border.
Monthly Red Carpet sales here feature choice collections of antique, Midcentury Modern, brand furnishings, sterling, china, crystal, jewelry and fine art. With a mission of “to donate, to discover and to do good,” the foundation is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit and auction proceeds support community organizations. Consignors get a tax deduction, the buyer gets a great deal and local non-profits get much needed funds.
The auction gallery is at 185 Kisco Ave, Suite 201. For more information, https://www.thebenefitshop.org or 914-864-0707.
185 Kisco Ave Suite 201
Mount Kisco, New York
About Benefit Shop Foundation, Inc.
The Benefit Shop receives donations from the finest estates in Bedford and beyond and showcases them in one convenient and beautifully-staged location. The estates get a tax deduction, the buyer gets a great deal and non-profits in the community get the money. This elegantly-conceived, eco-friendly concept is the brainchild of Pam Stone and she is thrilled at the response from the community. It’s no secret that non-profits, from hospitals to homeless shelters, are having a tough time in this economy. Responding to the call for funding to fill the gaps , local resident Stone imagined a new possibility, an auction gallery with donated merchandise from the grand estates that surround the area. For 10 years, Stone has been busy visiting estate sales in the area, encouraging people to make high quality, tax-deductible donations for the satisfaction of helping a host of community organizations, including Neighbors’ Link and the Boys and Girls Club, as well as the continued support of Northern Westchester Hospital. According to Pam, “Often these kinds of shops benefit a big national charity, but I really wanted the beneficiary to be my community, for the people who live and work here.” Mission statement: To donate, to discover, to do good.