Tiina Smith: greater than a jewellery retailer.

It took about three minutes of chatting on the telephone for me to understand that Tiina Smith was a kindred spirit.

My curiosity had already been piqued by her store’s website, with its stunning pictures, spotlight on girls makers, and intriguingly attractive curation; however when she advised me that their boutique is ready up like a parlor to encourage folks to come back in and be taught, to the touch the jewellery and perceive why it was particular, I knew I wanted to jot down about her.

Tiina Smith's Boston-based jewelry store

Tiina Smith: greater than a jewellery retailer.

Tiina Smith makes a speciality of noteworthy jewellery, primarily classic signed items by grasp jewelers of the twentieth and twenty first centuries. After years of analysis and relationship-building as she constructed her personal private assortment of jewellery, Smith started to really feel that there was an open area of interest within the jewellery market that her distinctive information might fill. Ultimately she determined to show private ardour right into a second career and based her eponymous Boston retailer, Tiina Smith Classic & Distinctive Jewellery.

A fast have a look at the Tiina Smith website will persuade you that her strategy is working like a appeal. The gathering is immediately spectacular, full of distinctive designs bursting with shade and power. In my preliminary scroll-though, I opened nearly each itemizing to take a more in-depth look.

Michele della Valle sapphire and diamond octopus brooch from Tiina Smith

Michele della Valle brooch from Tiina Smith

Very similar to yours actually, Tiina involves jewellery from an sudden background. Earlier than jewellery, she labored on Wall Avenue. It wasn’t as unusual a leap as you may anticipate. Within the founder’s personal phrases: “Engaged on Wall Avenue, I started to deal with my jewellery amassing the best way I dealt with my portfolios – with in-depth analysis, market perception and a strong understanding of worth.”

Tiina prides herself in being a discerning, well-informed jewellery collector and he or she revels in serving to her prospects develop into as educated as she is. She needs jewellery lovers to actually perceive what makes a selected piece noteworthy and worthwhile, what was occurring on this planet when it was made, what makes one thing an excellent funding relatively than only a fairly object – and he or she needs them to know they’ll come to her to supply the items they’ll’t discover wherever else.

Three extraordinary rings from Tiina Smith.

Rings from Tiina Smith

Listed below are three extraordinary rings that caught my eye: an Artwork Deco platinum and diamond protect ring, a 16.77 fancy gentle brown diamond ring, and a really cool design from Danish modernist Hans Hansen. Every very completely different in fashion, these three rings share a distinctiveness that’s emblematic of Tiina’s assortment.

In line with their founder’s perception in jewellery schooling, the Tiina Smith boutique incessantly gives in-store occasions, from enjoyable, informal evenings to artwork occasions to jewellery talks with audio system like Tom Heyman of Oscar Heyman, jewellery historian Ruth Peltason, and Jewellery Curator on the Boston Museum of High quality Arts Emily Stoehrer.

Bulgari earrings from Tiina Smith

However don’t despair, my non-Bostonian jewellery lovers! The shop’s web site has a wealth of gorgeously-illustrated jewellery schooling that you could absolutely get pleasure from from wherever.

Take a look at the Meet the Maker section to be taught extra about distinctive designers or learn by Tiina’s Takes for the founder’s in-depth ideas on any variety of completely different jewellery matters. The shop additionally sometimes travels for occasions in different cities, bringing components of their extraordinary assortment on the street.

David Webb bracelet with amethyst, green enamel, gold, and diamonds. From Tiina Smith.

David Webb bracelet from Tiina Smith

In the event you’re a longtime DitL reader, I don’t assume I would like to clarify to you the way enthusiastically I agree with the thought of encouraging jewellery schooling. Jewellery schooling is nice for all of us – educated collectors know what they need and might make shopping for selections with confidence. The extra you perceive one thing, the extra you may actually recognize it!

Along with their attractive jewellery assortment, schooling alternatives, and occasions, Tiina Smith additionally gives a wide range of jewelry-related services that permit collectors to profit from her experience, together with jewellery styling, appraisal, and extra. She additionally acquires estates and particular person items from collectors wishing to make room for brand new issues of their jewellery containers.

Fashion Illustration by Manuel Santelices for Tiina Smith, featuring a Belperron emerald necklace from Tiina Smith.

Manuel Santelices illustration that includes a Belperron necklace from Tiina Smith

Tiina Smith additionally makes use of her boutique as a leaping off level to discover the intersection of jewellery with different types of artwork. In a latest collaboration with Trend Illustrator Manuel Santelices, Tiina Smith commissioned the artist to create “A Yr In Jewels,” a sequence of 12 unique artworks that includes jewellery from the Tiina Smith assortment.

On November 2nd, Tiina Smith and Manuel Santelices are taking their joint undertaking to NYC for a day of artwork and jewellery that includes some very particular actions for the friends who attend! The illustrations are completely attractive (see above) and I’m positive the occasion shall be fascinating.

The Salvia emerald cuff bracelet by Marina B

Marina B cuff bracelet from Tiina Smith

Tiina Smith’s subsequent jewellery schooling occasion is developing on October 20-21! The visitor speaker shall be Inventive Director of Marina B, Man Bedarida.

Marina B was based by Marina Bulgari, and sure – these Bulgaris. Marina’s grandfather based Bulgari, however household infighting among the many subsequent technology led Marina to strike out on her personal as a substitute. The consequence was Marina B, a wildly widespread model recognized for its boldness, versatility, and distinctive gemstone cuts.

In the event you’re in Boston, go take a look at the October 20-21 event at Tiina Smith to be taught extra and in addition see extraordinary Marina B items from the Seventies and Eighties together with their unique jewellery renderings.

Oscar Heyman earrings from Tiina Smith

Oscar Heyman earrings from Tiina Smith

My goodness, I’ve thrown quite a bit at you right here, haven’t I? However I didn’t wish to depart something out! The extraordinary jewellery, the founder’s Wall Avenue background, the academic occasions, the artwork connection, and did I point out the jewellery?? It’s every part of what makes Tiina Smith so thrilling as an entire.

What do you assume, my dears? Do you propose to attempt to catch considered one of Tiina Smith’s upcoming events or cease by her retailer the following time you’re in Boston? I undoubtedly hope to go to IRL sometime.

Three vintage classic car brooches from Tiina Smith. With enamel and diamond details

Classic automobile brooches from Tiina Smith

For now, don’t neglect to go to Tiina Smith’s web site and Instagram account to see extra, and in the event you’re in Boston or NYC, don’t neglect to take a look at the upcoming Tiina Smith Marina B occasion (Boston, Oct 20/21) and Manuel Santelices illustration occasion (NYC, November 2).

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