NY Observer—Get Your Rocks Off: Kissing the Ring at Fortuna Auction’s Fall Fine Jewels Preview

By Drew Grant

New York Observer

… Everywhere we looked was gold, rubies, sapphires, and diamonds, diamonds, diamonds. Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier, Mauboussin, Tiffany & Co., and David Webb all made appearance in wearable form, as well as several items from Ms. Yarmak’s personal collection. Michele Gerber Klein, Elena Moussa, Mickey Boardman, Cass Almendral, and R. Couri Hay mingled among the champagne and baubles, occasionally trying on an especially transfixing piece before circling its corresponding number in the catalog.

Eventually we found ourselves next to a tall Russian woman as she tried on a large snake bracelet. She turned to us: “Tsss! Tssssst!” She said, pretending to strike us with her gold serpent. “Tssst tssst!”

We looked duly surprised.

“I love these types of toys…but I already have three at home,” she shrugged, handing it back to the small man behind the counter. Next to her, a  socialite and her friend weighed the pros and cons of a particular brooch.

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