Curate: to select, organize, and look after the items in a collection

Three constellation cuff bracelets by Adam Foster in St. Louis
The Big Picture

If you have amassed a collection of beautiful fine jewelry over the years, but know it could use some attention, allow me to suggest curation. When I curate a collection,, we begin by arranging a convenient time to meet, preferably at your home, so that you can present all of your jewelry at once. We will review the entire collection together, and we will determine the following for each piece:

  • Does it fit you properly so that it is both comfortable and flattering?

  • Do you own complementary pieces to wear with it? ​

  • Are you happy with how it looks on you?

  • Does it need a professional cleaning?

  • Does it need repair? (restringing, prongs replaced, etc.)

  • If you’re not wearing it, why not?  

 

Once we have sorted through the collection, we will view it as a whole and discuss additional considerations such as:

  • Is your collection appraised properly, or do you need new, or updated appraisals?

  • Do you dream of owning an iconic piece of jewelry to enhance your collection?

  • Does your collection contain too many similar pieces?

  • Are you missing pieces that would make the rest of your collection more wearable? 

  • Would you like to sell or trade in some of your unwanted jewelry for cash, or a new piece of jewelry?

  • Would you wear a piece more if it were restyled to better suit your taste?

  • Are you storing your jewelry properly?

  • What is your long-term plan for the collection?

 

I can also show you new ways to wear your existing pieces and offer suggestions on how to modify them for more versatility. We can create a working plan for future purchases so that you know what to look for the next time you’re shopping, or to offer a suggestion to someone who inquires about buying you a gift. I can catalog your collection with photographs and details that can be stored in a folder on your phone for immediate access. 

 

Finally, we can decide together which projects you would like to pursue immediately, and which are more long-term in nature. I suggest starting small, with just a few of your needs, and proceeding to the next group after they have been fulfilled. If repairs and appraisals are in order fist, I work with the best appraisers and goldsmiths in St. Louis. They will complete the services required in a timely manner at a fair price, with all work coordinated through me, and estimates provided to you in advance. You will pay each of these companies directly and I am paid only my hourly consultation fee. We can then move on to additional projects.

 

Once all jobs are complete, you can contact me on an as-needed basis, or we can continue in an ongoing relationship. I can also keep my eyes open for pieces on your wish list in the years ahead and contact you when I find something that I think you might like.

 

Contact me today and let's begin curating your jewelry collection together. 

Constellation cuff bracelets by Adam Foster