Tiina Smith: greater than a jewellery retailer.

It took about three minutes of chatting on the cellphone 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 images, spotlight on girls makers, and intriguingly attractive curation; however when she instructed me that their boutique is about up like a parlor to encourage folks to come back in and study, 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 bijou, Smith started to really feel that there was an open area of interest within the jewellery market that her distinctive data 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 take a look at the Tiina Smith website will persuade you that her strategy is working like a attraction. The gathering is immediately spectacular, full of distinctive designs bursting with coloration and vitality. In my preliminary scroll-though, I opened virtually each itemizing to take a better look.

Michele della Valle sapphire and diamond octopus brooch from Tiina Smith

Michele della Valle brooch from Tiina Smith

Very like 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 would possibly anticipate. Within the founder’s personal phrases: “Engaged on Wall Avenue, I started to deal with my jewellery gathering the way in which 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 clients turn out to be as educated as she is. She needs jewellery lovers to really perceive what makes a selected piece noteworthy and precious, what was occurring on the planet when it was made, what makes one thing a superb 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 defend ring, a 16.77 fancy gentle brown diamond ring, and a really cool design from Danish modernist Hans Hansen. Every very totally different in fashion, these three rings share a distinctiveness that’s emblematic of Tiina’s assortment.

Consistent with their founder’s perception in jewellery training, the Tiina Smith boutique ceaselessly affords 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 Nice 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 training that you could totally take pleasure in from wherever.

Try the Meet the Maker section to study extra about distinctive designers or learn by way of Tiina’s Takes for the founder’s in-depth ideas on any variety of totally different jewellery subjects. The shop additionally often travels for occasions in different cities, bringing elements 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

Should you’re a longtime DitL reader, I don’t assume I would like to elucidate to you the way enthusiastically I agree with the thought of encouraging jewellery training. Jewellery training is sweet for all of us – educated collectors know what they need and may make shopping for choices with confidence. The extra you perceive one thing, the extra you may actually admire it!

Along with their attractive jewellery assortment, training alternatives, and occasions, Tiina Smith additionally affords a wide range of jewelry-related services that permit collectors to learn 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 spanking new issues of their jewellery bins.

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 bijou with different types of artwork. In a latest collaboration with Style Illustrator Manuel Santelices, Tiina Smith commissioned the artist to create “A 12 months 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 mission to NYC for a day of artwork and jewellery that includes some very particular actions for the friends who attend! The illustrations are totally attractive (see above) and I’m positive the occasion will likely be fascinating.

The Salvia emerald cuff bracelet by Marina B

Marina B cuff bracelet from Tiina Smith

Tiina Smith’s subsequent jewellery training occasion is arising on October 20-21! The visitor speaker will likely be Artistic 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 era led Marina to strike out on her personal as a substitute. The end result was Marina B, a wildly common model identified for its boldness, versatility, and distinctive gemstone cuts.

Should you’re in Boston, go try the October 20-21 event at Tiina Smith to study extra and likewise see extraordinary Marina B items from the Nineteen 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 tutorial occasions, the artwork connection, and did I point out the jewellery?? It’s every part of what makes Tiina Smith so thrilling as a complete.

What do you assume, my dears? Do you propose to attempt to catch one in every 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 overlook to go to Tiina Smith’s web site and Instagram account to see extra, and should you’re in Boston or NYC, don’t overlook 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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