One-of-a-kind jewelry masterpieces from some of America’s finest collections will be on display during a one-day Estate Jewelry Trunk Exhibition at Dovecote Ligonier.
“We will be showcasing vintage pieces from the Edwardian and Art Deco eras, among others,” said Elizabeth Whitlock, owner of Dovecote Ligonier.
“Mimosas & Pearls”, scheduled from 11 am to 3 pm at Dovecote Ligonier’s 136 West Main St., promises to be a unique opportunity to browse a range of exclusive jewelry from another era.
“Beth has a wonderful eye,” said Andrew Thornton, artist and co-owner of Allegory Gallery. “I am sure the event will sparkle with unique pieces and attendees will enjoy true Southern hospitality.”
Exclusive collections from three American estates will be on display, with pieces dating from the 1930s to the early 1960s.
A reservation is requested for the event and can be made at Whitlock at 724-238-3181 or at email@example.com.
Free mimosas and canapes will be served.
“Some parts will be available for sale and there will be something for every budget,” Whitlock said.
A resident of Ligonier since 2000, Whitlock said she has been collecting vintage costume jewelry since she was 20. “My love for costume jewelry led me to a keen interest in gemology,” said Whitlock, who is a gemologist from the Gemological Institute of America. .
Whitlock, who grew up in Kentucky, said his deep family roots go back to the 1700s in Virginia.
“I spent the weekends picking up items from thrift stores and garage sales; I was a picker before it was cool, ”Whitlock said.
Whitlock sold his items on consignment near his home in Lexington, Ky.
She developed an interest in antique silverware while working as a manager for a Shadyside auction house, which she believes reinforced her love of fine materials.
“For years I thought about what it would be like to open my own store,” she said. “The Ligonier dovecote naturally appealed to me when it became available for purchase. ”
Dovecote includes a full inventory of upscale household items and unique vintage pieces, including sterling silver tableware and decor.
“I love this store,” said Donna McClure, a frequent customer at Dovecote Ligonier. “I can’t resist all the beautiful merchandise.”
Dovecote’s inventory is an eclectic mix of consignment items and home-owned items that Whitlock acquires from private estates and trade shows across the county.
Since purchasing the store over a year ago, Whitlock has added two jewelry cases filled with platinum, gold, diamonds, precious and semi-precious stones to the store.
She also incorporated fine art into her inventory, which she said enjoyed her experience at the auction house.
“I recently added a 100% organic line of handmade candles and lotions from a small San Francisco company called Elizabeth W.,” she said.
Lover of cats and dogs, Whitlock said Dovecote Ligonier is a pet-friendly store and she encourages customers to visit with their companions.
Whitlock supports Officer Ligonier K-9 Blek and regularly sells items such as t-shirts and lottery tickets, the proceeds of which go directly to dog care.
“The joy and exuberance of living in a small American town has been wonderful,” said Whitlock. “The dovecote is my number one passion, my everything. I have met and had the support of great people in Ligonier and in the surrounding communities; I think the positive energy in the store attracts the right people and contributes to the positive energy flow.
Cami DiBattista is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.