Right about now, the high society of Thoroughbred Horse Racing is gathering in historic Saratoga Springs, New York to celebrate the 150th Anniversary Season at Saratoga Race Course. The highlight of the annual 6-week season is the $1 million Travers Stakes, this year on August 24, sometimes called the Midsummer Derby or the Fourth Jewel in the Triple Crown. August in Saratoga has always been a “scene” of glittering parties, where the likes of Whitneys, Vanderbilts and Carnegies have sported fabulous fashions and magnificent jewels for generations. To see for yourself, fly into Albany Airport, rent a car and zip up the Adirondack Northway to Exit 14. For a sneak peek at the horsey set’s taste in jewelry…read on.
Bits and Pieces
It’s no secret that, after diamonds, horses are a girl’s best friend…so it comes as no surprise that the horse is one of the most popular jewelry motifs of all time. Specialty items such as jeweled stallions and antique riding stickpins are highly prized collectibles. More accessible equestrian-themed pieces in modern-day gold and silver are must-haves of “Best Dressed” women throughout the world.
Designers at Hermés, Gucci and Ralph Lauren, among others, have long used the horse bit and bridle motifs in their luxury leather goods and high-end jewelry. Bits and stirrups are ingeniously worked into watches and belt buckles, earrings and bracelets — international symbols of good breeding and taste.
These days, beautiful examples of the equestrian look are available at every price point, including high jewelry, fashion jewelry and vintage pieces at auction.
Here are some selections Obsessed by Jewelry recommends as the epitome of equestrian style.
Sotheby’s to Exhibit Rare Gemstones of Alexandre Reza
An exhibit of some of the world’s rarest gemstones will travel to Sotheby’s auction houses in London, Doha and Beijing in 2014. New York jewelry lovers (and those visiting the Big Apple) will get to preview “The Extraordinary Jewelry of Alexandre Reza” at Sotheby’s in Manhattan from November 2 to 14, 2013. Read On….