Carlos King's experience as an interior designer is highly known, but his upcoming foray into rare, high-end costume jewelry will provide people with a new side of him. His store located in downtown Palm Springs, California is called Gallery24Jewelry. The display cases only contain one-eighth of his total collection with pieces from the early twentieth century to the present day.
“It’s therapy for me to be around some of these pieces,” says King in a statement to PalmSpringsLife. “They are very inspiring for some of the projects I do.”
An upcoming event called the Modernism Week Show & Sale will see King showing off select rare pieces in his collection. Designers will include Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, and Isabel Canovas. It will be taking place at the Palm Springs Convention Center From February 14-17. “People haven’t see some of the pieces that I’m showing,” says King, “and I want to see what their reaction.”
King expanded on his love for jewelry as well as its history, saying that “Jewelry was created for self-adornment in ancient Egyptian times and it really hasn’t changed at all. The reason I love what I do is because I like to see the reaction on women’s faces after they put a piece of jewelry on. It’s very gratifying to see themselves and look at themselves in the mirror and completely transform themselves into somebody else.”
The event will primarily focus on French jewelry, “because the French know craftsmanship and quality,” according to King. The prices will range from $125 for a pair of Cilea earrings to a Chanel necklace going for $20,000.
Carlos King's experience in selling broaches, earrings, and necklaces have put him in a knowledgable position, understanding the history of each haute couture piece. “I know the collection they were in, who is the designer, and the time of the collection,” he says. “There is a lot of research that goes into play, especially when I’m selling a necklace for $6,000 to $7,000 dollars. Then I need to know exactly what it is, who made it, when it was made, what collection, because that’s important to clients especially when they are pieces of wearable art.”
Information originally sourced from PalmSpringsLife.