Testing the waters six months ago with a specialty jewelry auction in December, its first, that more than met expectations, the Benefit Shop Foundation Inc., will present a summer jewelry and designer fashion auction on Wednesday, June 1, at 10 am, featuring estate jewelry, fashion jewelry, fine jewelry, designer fashion, and accessories.
“Our first jewelry auction was a big hit and I had such fun with it that we have been saving up statement jewelry and fashion design accessories with an eye to doing a summer auction,” said Pam Stone, owner and founder of The Benefit Shop Foundation, Inc. “We have pieces by well known designers as well as unsigned pieces that are quite striking, ranging from bold to whimsical.”
All manner of jewelry is represented in the auction but earrings are especially plentiful with highlights including a signed pair of Pomellato Prasiolite Arabesque earrings ($1/3,000) in 18K rose gold and a signed pair of Elizabeth Locke 18K gold and aquamarine dangle earrings ($1/3,000) with bezel set aquamarine cabochons.
Renowned brand names like Tiffany & Co. and designers Paloma Picasso can be found here such as a signed Paloma Picasso for Tiffany chunky agate bead necklace ($1/3,000) having earthy orange, red, and milky white banded agate beads strung together on double knotted cord and secured with a sterling silver twin hoop clasp. Also crossing the block are several pieces by David Yurman, including a 18K gold beaded and pearl choker on a sterling silver chain ($300-800) and a heart pendant with large bail, embossed sterling silver and faceted diamond print set ($300-800) as well as an Ippolita rose 18K rose gold chain pendant necklace set with a quartz stone and pierced earrings ($500-1,000).
You don’t have to be born in October to love tourmaline and this stone, said to repel negative energy, is a favorite for many jewelry makers. Several tourmaline pieces will be on offer, ranging from a polished multi-strand tourmaline necklace with a 14K gold diamond clasp ($400-1,500) to a lariat style necklace with dangling tassels set with lilac, violet, and emerald green tourmaline cabochons.
A curated offering of fine designer handbags will also cross the block, led by a Versace retro bronze snakeskin handbag ($800-$3,000), NWT, made in Italy, having gold toned hardware, a single adjustable top handle and caramel toned satin interior and a Chanel limited edition crossbody purse made in Italy ($500-$1,000), possibly vintage, having a black quilted fabric exterior and silver hardware with a chain link shoulder strap and interlaced black leather. Several color versions of a La Jeunesse vintage sterling silver and snakeskin shoulder purse are in the sale, estimated at $500-$1,000, including examples in white and turquoise. Also making quite a design statement is a Dolce & Gabbana jewel embroidered handbag ($300-1,000), made in Italy, having a white leather exterior embellished with purple prong-set crystals and speckled blue beads.
Rounding out the auction will be an 18K white and yellow gold cuff bracelet, Italy ($500-$1,500) in the style of David Yurman, an oversized Guerlain Shalimar glass perfume bottle display ($350-800), 15 inches tall, the faux bottle having a sapphire blue stopper; a signed pair of Tiffany & Co. 18K gold enamel clip on earrings ($200-600) in a blue and green enamel leaf design and a signed Hermes navy blue leather “H” buckle belt ($200-800).
The monthly Red Carpet sales 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.