Traveling the world to hand-select the pieces for her coveted and world-renowned vintage jewelry brand, Carole Tanenbaum Vintage Collection, Carole Tanenbaum can be best defined as a true treasure hunter. One with an exquisite eye for design, story and craftsmanship.
How did you start collecting vintage jewels?
As a collector of art, I came across what I considered a cache of objects of art (vintage costume jewelry) I bought them. This got me started on a 30 year search from vintage globally.
How many months of the year are you traveling for lectures and shopping trips?
About 3 months.
Which cities are known to have the best vintage jewelry?
London, New York and Miami.
How do you define the term vintage?
My definition of vintage is something of a certain period. It doesn?t need to be more than 50 years old it just has to reflect its time. I have pieces in my collection that are vintage 1990.
What was you most unusual vintage find? And where did you find it?
I found a highly unusual gold overlay Bakelite bracelet in a pile of junk at an antique fair several years ago. I paid $25 it was worth $2500.
Describe the most unexpected destination you have gone to in search of jewels?
Buenos Aires was very interesting! Not too successful though.
Where do you procure most of your treasures? Do you ever visit flea markets in different cities? Do you have a favorite?
I generally go to any antique fair wherever I travel. As far as my favorites?I?ll never tell!
Describe your global style?
I always wear and look for the unusual often with lots of color and pattern!
What are your favorite destinations when you are not traveling on business?
Italy, Israel, and of course New York!
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