VIVIENNE BECKER, The Financial Times
Lee Siegelson is at the vanguard of the new-generation dealers who are helping to move the business on. They are finding and fuelling new collecting areas, bringing antique and period jewellery out from its exquisitely carved ivory tower, and presenting it in a contemporary context. In the process, they are making it more relevant to fashion, style and today’s international design and art‑collecting community. Siegelson has been instrumental in changing the image of vintage jewellery and its dealers, by presenting at major art fairs a small, eye-wateringly rare, hand-chosen selection of jewels and objects, mainly 20th century, showcased in a sleekly minimal and contemporary gallery-like setting. Far removed from the cluttered abundance of the archetypal antique shop, each piece is given space, superb lighting and room to breathe, to highlight its presence, personality, rarity and art-historical importance, as Siegelson says, “like a respected work of art, showing clients that these jewels have stood the test of time.”
Lee Siegelson, New York’s King of Jewelry. Welcomed as a star at the last Biennale des Antiquaires, Lee Siegelson is the Manhattan dealer who nourishes the dreams of high jewelry admirers. His office at 589 Fifth Avenue, in the Diamond District, contains the most beautiful European Art Deco jewelry collection, signed Cartier, Raymond Templier, Boucheron, or Van Cleef & Arpels. American designers are also honored, with a belt-necklace in amethyst and rubies worn by Cole Porter’s wife, and a brooch in rubies, sapphires, and yellow diamonds, part of the former collection of the exuberant Millicent Rogers, both pieces signed Paul Flato, darling of New York’s Golden Age Stars. The icing on the cake, Lee Siegelson designs some pieces himself, but only when the stones–like a Golconda diamond weighing more than 30 carats–are really worth it. Dazzling and breathtaking.
DANIELLE STEEL, bestselling author and jewelry collector
I was extremely impressed by the beautiful display Lee Siegelson exhibited at the Paris Biennale. Despite museum quality antique furniture and paintings in abundance, it is always a thrill to see beautiful jewelry at the show, whether one is a buyer or just a great admirer of beautiful jewels. From the handsome topaz set, to the Duchess of Windsor’s eternally lovely set of chalcedony and sapphire cuffs, to a striking very old brown diamond, to their absolutely knock your socks off 33-carat Golconda white diamond, Mr. Siegelson’s display was a feast for the eye, and a joy to behold for any collector. His stand was quiet and discreet, but what I saw there was unforgettable. In these serious and austere times, I didn’t buy a thing, but I loved everything I saw there! The jewelry that he exhibited was the stuff that dreams are made of.
MARTIN CHAPMAN, Curator in Charge of European Decorative Arts and Sculpture, Legion of Honor, San Francisco
Lee Siegelson has the most impressive array of historical jewelry, with pieces that not only show great design, but also are associated with great names. For me, going through his booth is always a thrill—like going through Aladdin’s cave.
FRANÇOIS CURIEL, President of Christie’s Asia
Lee Siegelson presents a first class selection of rare gemstones, jewels, precious objects and clocks. Beautifully displayed so as to highlight the superb design and craftsmanship of each piece, from unique vintage jewels, including the great Art Deco and Retro periods, to modern signed creations, all of the highest quality. . . . Siegelson demonstrates that at this level, the traditional barriers between jewellery and art disappear, and jewels which are one-of-a-kind become true works of art.