Jewels of Wonder, Jewels of Night

Kate Allen Stukenberg
December 20, 2011

Who better to inspire gift giving than three iconic kings from the Orient? We reimagined the Wise Men’s trek across the sands with frankincense, myrrh and gold — lots of gold. Here’s our take: gilded pieces that glitter like the Northern Star, with Old World and Persian influences, plus a touch of crosses and crowns.

By The Light of the Moon. Early Victorian crescent-moon pin with Persian turquoise and pearls $985, at Queen of Heirs, Bellaire.

Say a Prayer. Van Cleef & Arpels Estate Maltese cross clip on chain in gold with onyx, diamonds and one emerald, price upon request, at Neiman Marcus.

Star Bright. Buccellati one-of-a-kind wide cuff bracelet, price upon request, at Deutsch & Deutsch.

Arabian Jewels. Kara Ross Arabian Nights large titanium cuff with sapphire and diamonds, made to order, through Kara Ross,212.223.7272.

White Knight. Konstantino oval faceted mother-of-pearl ring in gold and sterling silver $530, at Lewis Jewelers, Webster.

Vintage Revival. Etruscan Revival hinged bypass bracelet, circa 1870, $3,950, at Past Era Fine Antique Jewelry. 

Regal Ring. Charriol Celtique ring $1,495, at I W Marks, Zadok Jewelers.

Tiny Vessel. Gold, turquoise and lapis perfume-bottle necklace $3,200, at Louis Tenenbaum.

Bold Bauble. Stephen Dweck quartz and bronze ring $1,820, at I.W. Marks.

A Cross to Bear. Bakelite and tourmaline cuff $6,650, at DeVille Fine Jewelry.

Mosaic Masterpieces. Lockets, prices upon request, at Tiffany & Co.

Major Coin. Monete necklace $13,500, at the Bulgari boutique.

Star of Wonder. Nini Collection Stars and Moon diamond and gold cuff $31,500, to order through Nini, 866.513.6464.

Like a Virgin. Sevan Madonna necklace $34,550, to order at Judith Ann Jewels.


Coco Bijou. Chanel metal filigree necklace $5,250, at the Chanel boutique.


Slippery Serpent. Van Cleef & Arpels 1946 Estate necklace in gold with diamonds, detachable clip and snake chain, price upon request at Neiman Marcus.

Royal Beauty Bright. David Yurman rubellite Tapestry ring, price upon request, at the David Yurman boutique, Neiman Marcus.

Magenta Magi. One of a pair of ruby and emerald bead bracelets, circa 1950s, price upon request, at Wayne Smith Jewels.

New Religion. Konstantino gold and sterling silver pendant with carved onyx, inscribed “Father, Son and Holy Spirit” in Greek $2,135, at Lewis Jewelers, Webster.

A Cross to Wear. Katy Briscoe Open Light cross pendant $17,000, and Taterpillar necklace $38,000, both at Saks Fifth Avenue.

Stars of Night. Paloma’s Venezia Stella ring $9,500, at Tiffany & Co.

Can’t Wait to be King. Fabergé-style gold, ruby and diamond enameled crown cuff links $3,450, at Louis Tenenbaum.