The auction house’s Vice Chairman of Jewelry and brooch advocate Frank Everett is spearheading a selling exhibition that will include brands like Cartier, David Yurman, Shaun Leane, and more.

Above: 18-Karat Gold and Gem-Set ’Byzantine’ Pendant-Brooch – COURTESY OF VERDURA

SEP 14, 2023

A selling exhibition dedicated to men’s jewelry at Sotheby’s is coming at the end of the month, Town & Country can exclusively reveal. It is the first of its nature for the auction house, but, according to Frank Everett, Sotheby’s Vice Chairman of Jewelry and brooch advocate, it’s been a long time coming.

“The best way to look at its history is through art portraits throughout the ages, Everett tells T&C. “You’ll notice that men wore more or just as much jewelry as women, such as the nobility in Europe or India. The popularity of men’s jewelry ebbs and flows, and we’re at this point where every guy in the city is wearing pearls and every star on the red carpet is wearing a brooch.”


To Everett’s point, men’s jewelry has signaled class and status throughout history. The ancient Egyptians, for example, used rings, bracelets, and headpieces made of gold and rare stones as a talisman of power, protection, and good luck. Today, jewelry for men is the trend du jour with celebrities like Timothee Chalamet and Harry Styles leading the way. This past Oscars, Ke Huy Quan, Paul Mescal, and Michael B. Jordan donned brooches to complete their black-tie looks. And at the Met Gala, Cai Xukun wore layered chains over his tie, while Jeremy Pope donned a diamond necklace.

The selling exhibition will be on view to the public at Sotheby’s galleries on York Avenue from September 23 to October 5.

For the Boys: A Jewelry Exhibition is essentially a walkthrough of this history lesson made up of 100 jewelry pieces with price tags ranging from $3,000 to $300,000. There is a nod to the past with vintage aquamarine brooches and rings from the 20th century Art Deco movement, but a zest for the contemporary is also clear with gold chains and bracelets from brands like Chrome Hearts. A selection of David Yurman accessories will be available, one of which mimics the seals in Ancient Roman times named Intaglio Signet Ring that will be on sale for $75,000. Shaun Leane’s diamond Serpent Trace Couture Necklace echoes the spine corset made for Alexander McQueen and will be on sale for $56,000.

And much more …

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Sotheby’s To Host A Selling Exhibition Dedicated To Men’s Jewelry

Anthony DeMarco, Senior Contributor,

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