Celebrity jewelry estate sale in Old Town June 22
Three celebrity collections are expected to be part of a $1 million estate sale Wednesday, June 22 at All That Glitters Fine
Jewelry, 2518 W. Colorado Ave.
From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., gem-laden adornments formerly owned by musical artist June Carter Cash, American Tobacco Company heiress Doris Duke and Howard Hughes' wife Terry Moore, along with a range of one-of-a-kind jewelry from other estates covering a range of historical eras, are scheduled to be on display.
The Old Colorado City store has contracted with Stephen L. Singer Inc. of New York to bring in the pieces, which is to include diamonds and high-karat gold and items made by the houses of Cartier and Tiffany.
“It will be more than a sale, it will be more like a museum, a time capsule, with the additional layer of value, showing how jewelry has changed as the times have changed,” said Carol Willis, an All That Glitters employee who has led the store's planning of the sale.
Different design periods will go from the Victorian era of the 1800s - when diamond-cutting was invented - to the present day.
Adding to the spirit, All That Glitters employees will be dressed in historic clothing for the sale. “We're making a little party out of it,” Willis said.
The cases in the store's central area will be cleared out and filled with the estate items. Most of these will be “one of a kind,” she explained. Individual prices will range from the low hundreds to several thousand dollars.
She added the caveat that while it is probable all the anticipated collections will be present June 22, there is no guarantee. “Everything is subject to prior sale,” she noted.
Although All That Glitters has some older pieces in its own collection, the store typically specializes in modern jewelry, using laser technology that allows staff designers and artisans broader opportunities for creating with gems and metal.
Having the estate sale “will be very educational, to see how things were done and how things have changed,” Willis said. “This allows us to step out of our world and see where we came from.” It is also true, she added, with the publicity surrounding such a sale, that “it will help us (the store) be noticed.”
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