In 1981, Jay Strongwater made and painted a wooden necklace for his mother that drew adoring attention from her circle of friends. Within no time, the young Strongwater was recruited to make large beaded pieces for the likes of Oscar de la Renta. He quickly began creating jewelry and picture frames that referenced antiques and often employed traditional jewelry-making techniques. In 2005, Strongwater started using new materials like zinc, sterling silver, and forged bronze to make mirrors, screens, and tables. Among his famous fans are Madonna, Oprah, and Elton John, who have snapped up his opulent, whimsical pieces.
More is definitely more in the whimsical world of Jay Strongwater. The antiqued frames that made this onetime fashion designer’s name are here, festooned with dazzling Swarovski crystals. But you’ll also find his coveted lacquer boxes, decorated with everything from bunnies to ballet slippers. </b><br/><br/><br/><b> PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO EXTREME WEATHER CONDITIONS IN NEW YORK, SHIPPING MAY BE DELAYED.</b>
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In 1981, Jay Strongwater made and painted a wooden necklace for his mother that drew adoring attention from her circle of friends. Within no time, the young Strongwater was recruited to make big beaded pieces for the likes of Oscar de la Renta. He quickly began creating jewelry and picture frames that reference antiques and often employ traditional jewelry-making techniques. In 2005, the designer started using new materials like zinc and sterling silver — the core of the sleek new JAY Collection — and that same year he expanded into home design, making mirrors, screens and tables from forged bronze. His opulent and whimsical — but also modern and clean — pieces have been snatched up by famous fans like Madonna, Oprah and Elton John.
Jay Strongwater’s bead- and jewel-encrusted home goods, frames and figurines pirouette on that line between art and design. They also possess a whimsical, storybook quality. (Can you tell that company founder Jay Feinberg got his start in fashion?) Shop the sale for the beautifully baroque Caprice Arabesque hand mirror, which reminds us of the looking glass through which Alice peered, and the Brigitte Butterflies marble box, out of which we half-expect gossamer-winged creatures to flutter.