In a groundbreaking move, Sotheby’s recently unveiled a unique selling exhibition, dedicated exclusively to the evolution of men’s jewellery from the mid-19th century to the present day.
Men’s jewellery has undergone a remarkable transformation, much like the ever-shifting trends seen on fashion runways. While men’s appreciation for jewellery is far from new, the styles have evolved dramatically. “For the Boys: A Jewelry Exhibition” is a curated collection of approximately 100 pieces that will shine a spotlight on antique and vintage designs from renowned houses such as Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier, Tiffany & Co, Verdura, David Webb, and others.
It also extends to modern and contemporary creations from brands like Chrome Hearts, NN by Nghi, Johnny Nelson, David Yurman, and Shaun Leane. Through this meticulously crafted selection, the exhibition aims to pay homage to the various styles, trends, and inspirations that have shaped men’s jewellery throughout the decades.
The Visionary Curator Behind the Exhibition
The mastermind and curator of this extraordinary exhibition is Frank Everett, Sotheby’s Vice Chairman of Jewellery. Frank has not only spearheaded but also triumphed in the movement to #bringbackthebrooch. Drawing from his extensive retail background, which includes stints at Bulgari, Tiffany, Harry Winston, and David Yurman prior to joining Sotheby’s in 2013, Frank Everett has emerged as a trusted authority in the field.
His portfolio includes overseeing landmark auctions like “The Collection of Mrs Paul ‘Bunny’ Mellon” and “The Personal Collection of Shaun Leane,” which was a product of a two-decade partnership with Alexander McQueen. Much of this collection was exhibited in the record-breaking museum show “Savage Beauty” at The MET and the V&A.
In 2019, Frank collaborated with Carol Woolton, jewellery editor at British Vogue, to create the exquisite selling exhibition of floral jewels titled “In Bloom.” Most recently, he co-curated the groundbreaking selling exhibition “Brilliant & Black,” the first-ever showcase dedicated to black jewellery designers. Frank has successfully engaged a global audience through his viral Instagram account, boasting over 152K followers, and his immensely popular video series, “Frank’s Files.”
The Inspiration Behind the Exhibition
Frank Everett reflects on the inspiration and curation of the show, stating, “Throughout history, men have adorned themselves with jewellery. However, this resurgence has gained remarkable momentum in recent times, thanks in part to influential celebrities like Harry Styles, Lewis Hamilton, Pharrell, and others. They have played a pivotal role in modernizing men’s jewellery and encouraging the embrace of styles and materials that were once considered exclusive to women—those adorned with precious and semi-precious gemstones, radiating personality and individuality.
This exhibition’s purpose is not to assign gender to jewellery, as I firmly believe that jewellery is a form of expression for everyone. Instead, it’s a celebration of self-expression and the ever-evolving evolution of men’s style from the past to the present. Through this exhibition, we aim to educate, introduce jewellery to a new male audience, break down existing boundaries, and cater to those who unapologetically want to express their individuality through the captivating power of jewellery.”
“For the Boys: A Jewelry Exhibition” will be open to the public at Sotheby’s New York galleries from 23 September to 5 October, coinciding with our Contemporary Curated sale. All pieces on display will be available for private purchase, with prices ranging from $3,000 to $300,000.
Explore the fascinating journey of men’s jewellery, from its historical roots to its vibrant and diverse contemporary expressions, at this one-of-a-kind exhibition. Discover how jewellery has transcended traditional boundaries to become a universal means of self-expression and individuality. Don’t miss your chance to witness this celebration of men’s style evolution and the enduring allure of jewellery.