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Kentshire Galleries

Ellen Israel and Marcie Imberman, along with their husbands, are partners in Kentshire Galleries, Ltd. This prestigious sixty-five year old firm has built its reputation on a world-class collection of antique English furniture and antique, period and estate jewelry.

The same high standards guide both collections: exacting standards of workmanship, authenticity and design. To the jewelry side Imberman and Israel add an eye for modern fashion and their personal criteria for wearability and timeless design.

They maintain premises in the heart of Greenwich Village where furniture and jewelry are featured in period room settings. In 1989 they brought their fine antique and estate jewelry to Bergdorf Goodman where they occupy a beautifully appointed boutique on the main floor.

The Kentshire collection embraces fine jewelry from the past, but it is particularly strong in Victorian, Edwardian and Art Deco pieces. Their vintage costume jewelry is sought out by collectors and fashion-forward women of all ages. Imberman and Israel realize that all jewelry is a complement to fashion, and they take delight in pairing new clothing trends with period jewelry from the past. They know that their clients are stylish, successful women who purchase antique and estate jewelry for its singular appearance and enduring design qualities. “I’ve always thought the self-assured woman wants an individual look.” Israel says. For them, the right piece of jewelry is as essential an accessory as the right pair of shoes or handbag. “Jewelry shouldn’t dominate what a woman wears, but its role can be vital in anchoring a dress or dramatizing the look of a simple suit, “ says Imberman. Israel and Imberman believe that one can collect jewelry at any level, from “costume to Castellani,” and build up what they call “a jewelry wardrobe.”

Ms. Imberman and Ms. Israel have appeared on television and have lectured widely on antique jewelry: to the Costume Council of the Los Angeles County Art Museum; to the American Society of Jewelry Historians, and on board the QEII, among others. Their jewelry has been on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibit From Queen To Empress: Victorian Dress 1837-1877. Kentshire jewelry has been featured in films and on the necks of some of the most famous women in film, television and fashion.

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Victoria Pace






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