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Fred Leighton Jewelry

For years, countless style-setters around the world — Hollywood starlets among them — have turned to Madison Avenue mainstay Fred Leighton for its exceptional selection of antique and vintage baubles.

Wrapped around its elegant corner of 66th and Madison Avenue in New York, Leighton is a brilliantly glittering star in the jewelry firmament. Since the boutique moved uptown in 1984, Leighton has become known for bringing antique and 20th-century jewels to a discerning international clientele and, perhaps most famously, for contributing to the red carpet looks of countless starlets (including Meryl Streep, Natalie Portman, Amy Adams and Claire Danes, to name but a few). Simply put, over the past few decades, Leighton has helped move antique jewelry out of its dusty, insular ivory tower and into the wider world of fast-moving modern style.

The story of Fred Leighton as we know it began in the 1970s, when Murray Mondschein (now something of a legend in the jewelry industry) took over a Greenwich Village clothing shop called Fred Leighton (after its original owner) and started selling Mexican wedding dresses, hand-crafted accessories and ethnic jewelry. When someone gave him some antique jewelry to sell, he added that to the mix.

A defining moment came in the mid-1990s: “It started with an unexpected call from Miuccia Prada,” relays Greg Kwiat, the jeweler’s CEO. “She had designed a dress for Nicole Kidman to wear to the Oscars, and she had something very specific in mind for the jewelry that should go with it.” Fred Leighton lent a vintage choker of Australian opals (a reference to Kidman’s nationality) that Prada, a client and collector, had seen in the shop. The timing was perfect, as “vintage” in general — clothes, accessories, jewelry, furniture — was being embraced for its charm, individuality and powers of personal expression. “Estate jewelry pushed against the sameness of modern branded culture,” explains Kwiat.

By the mid-2000s Mondschein (who by then had legally changed his name to Fred Leighton) had retired and an unsettled period of interim ownership followed. In 2009, the Kwiats, world-leading diamond traders and jewelers, bought the business, and Greg Kwiat became CEO. Today, the Madison Avenue boutique presents an air of streamlined serenity: taupe carpet warmed by original Art Deco showcases; furniture in rich, glossy Macassar wood; wrought-iron balustrades that recall a luxurious 1930s ocean liner. The jewelry, set out simply but impeccably, covers a 200-year span of styles and eras, from the candlelit romance of Georgian diamond chandelier earrings, through the pomp and grandeur of Victorian jewels, to the modernism of Art Deco masterpieces and seminal 1960s designs by the likes of Van Cleef & Arpels and David Webb.

Leighton’s particular strengths lie in Victorian pieces from the 1800s and Art Deco pieces. She likes the eclecticism and eccentricity of 19th-century jewelry, embodied, for example, by an enameled serpent bangle, with its gem-encrusted head, a favorite motif of Queen Victoria, or a pair of dramatic gold Egyptian-inspired earrings with scarab motifs that tell of the vogue for archaeological revival jewels during the period.

Today, the antique and 20th-century offerings are joined by a contemporary Fred Leighton-branded collection, whose rings, necklaces and other accessories are either inspired by historical precedents or actually incorporate antique elements, such as a pair of earrings composed of vintage diamond wings with appended enamels and fringes that provide an of-the-moment edge.

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Creator: Fred Leighton
18 Karat Gold Cocobolo Wood and Diamond Wave Earrings Signed Fred Leighton
By Fred Leighton
Located in New York, NY
Carved Cocobolo wood waves sweep up the ear from 18 karat yellow gold motifs accented with round diamonds totaling approximately 0.50 carat. Signed Fred Leighton. Approx. 1-3/8" leng...
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2010s American Fred Leighton Jewelry

Materials

Diamond, Yellow Gold

Fancy Vivid Yellow Diamond Dragonfly Brooch
By Fred Leighton
Located in New Orleans, LA
Enveloped in a sea of 60.26 carats of fancy vivid yellow diamonds is this tour de force of jewelry craftsmanship from the collaboration of jewelry legends Fred Leighton and Carvin Fr...
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20th Century American Contemporary Fred Leighton Jewelry

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Yellow Diamond, Ruby, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Fred Leighton Untreated 5.94 Carat Colombian Emerald Ring
By Fred Leighton
Located in New Orleans, LA
An exceptional untreated 5.94-carat Colombian emerald makes a breathtaking impression in this dramatic ring by the famed jewelry designer to the stars, Fred Leighton. For centuries, ...
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20th Century American Retro Fred Leighton Jewelry

Materials

Yellow Diamond, Emerald, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Fred Leighton Aquamarine Old European Cut Diamond Platinum Necklace
By Fred Leighton
Located in New York, NY
Impressive platinum necklace manufactured by the renown New York jeweler Fred Leighton showcasing an amazing Santa Maria blue aquamarine weighing approximately 85 carats. All set in ...
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1990s American Fred Leighton Jewelry

Materials

Aquamarine, Diamond, Platinum

Fred Leighton Black Jade and Diamond Coil Doorknocker Earrings
By Fred Leighton
Located in New York, NY
Fred Leighton Black Jade and Diamond Coil Doorknocker Earrings Coil motifs set with pear shape rose cut diamonds totaling approximately 0.24 carat accented with round diamonds total...
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2010s American Fred Leighton Jewelry

Materials

Diamond, Jade, 18k Gold, White Gold

Fred Leighton Gold, Emerald and Colored Diamond Brooch
By Fred Leighton
Located in New York, NY
Fred Leighton Gold, Emerald and Colored Diamond Brooch In 18k Yellow Gold. This brooch is created in a foliate design, adorned with emerald beads with total weight of approximately 4...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Artist Fred Leighton Jewelry

Materials

Diamond, Emerald

Fred Leighton Old Mine Diamond Budding Flower Dart Earrings
By Fred Leighton
Located in New York, NY
A total of approximately 3.46 carats of old mine and old European cut diamonds form the petals of a flower bud suspending three darts mounted in silver topped yellow gold, signed Fre...
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2010s Fred Leighton Jewelry

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold, Silver

Fred Leighton Aquamarine and Diamond Rayed Dart Earrings
By Fred Leighton
Located in New York, NY
A pair of oval aquamarines totaling approximately 5.02 carats are set in diamond rayed oval discs suspending diamond darts to a total of approximately 2.02 carats of old European cut...
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2010s Fred Leighton Jewelry

Materials

Aquamarine, Diamond, 18k Gold, Silver

Fred Leighton Turquoise Diamond Platinum Earrings Clip-On
By Fred Leighton
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Elegant and feminine pair of earrings created by Fred Leighton. Made of platinum, Persian turquoise and set with twenty-four rose cut diamonds (G-H color, VS clarity, 1.20 carats app...
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1980s American Vintage Fred Leighton Jewelry

Materials

Diamond, Turquoise, 18k Gold, White Gold, Platinum

18K White Gold and Diamond Petite Navette Link Bracelet Signed Fred Leighton
By Fred Leighton
Located in New York, NY
Navette shaped links formed in 18 karat white gold are joined with diamond set bar links accented with 48 round diamonds totaling approximately 0.55 carats. The bracelet measures 6.5...
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2010s Fred Leighton Jewelry

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold, White Gold

Fred Leighton Rose Cut Diamond Pave Modern Girandole Pendant Earrings
By Fred Leighton
Located in New York, NY
Modern girandoles are set with mixed shape rose cut diamonds totaling approximately 7.96 carats mounted in silver topped 18 karat yellow gold. The earrings measure 1 inch in length a...
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2010s Fred Leighton Jewelry

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold, Sterling Silver

Fred Leighton Lapis and Diamond Hexagonal Stud Earrings
By Fred Leighton
Located in New York, NY
Each designed as an hexagonal lapis lazuli stud set with a central round brilliant diamond, weighing a total of 0.36 carats, signed Fred Leighton. The earrings measure approximately ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Contemporary Fred Leighton Jewelry

Materials

Diamond, Lapis Lazuli, White Gold

Fred Leighton Oval Peridot and Diamond Cocktail Ring
By Fred Leighton
Located in New York, NY
A fine oval peridot weighing 31.14 carats is set in a bezel of 18 karat yellow gold flanked with a pair of shield shape diamonds totaling approximately 0.67 carat atop a curving shan...
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2010s American Fred Leighton Jewelry

Materials

Diamond, Peridot, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold, Platinum

Fred Leighton Shell Gold Earrings
By Fred Leighton
Located in Darnestown, MD
Very chic shell earrings with pyramidal gold medallions by Fred Leighton. The shells are natural so they are not the exact same color. Backs are clips that can be converted to posts...
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1970s American Modern Vintage Fred Leighton Jewelry

Materials

14k Gold

Carved Black Jade and Diamond Twist Bangle Signed Fred Leighton
By Fred Leighton
Located in New York, NY
A hinged bangle topped with a carved black jade torsade shape is accented with round diamonds totaling approximately 1.11 carats mounted in 18 karat white gold. The bangle measures a...
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2010s American Fred Leighton Jewelry

Materials

Diamond, Black Jade, White Gold, 18k Gold

Rose Cut Diamond Bombé Stud Earrings by Fred Leighton
By Fred Leighton
Located in New York, NY
Rose cut diamonds totaling approximately 1.82cts are pavé set in bombé silver top 18 karat yellow gold mountings. Signed Fred Leighton. The earrings measure 7/16 inch around and 1/4 ...
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2010s American Contemporary Fred Leighton Jewelry

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold, Silver

Calibre Onyx and Diamond Hexagonal Gypsy Hoop Earrings Signed Fred Leighton
By Fred Leighton
Located in New York, NY
Calibre French cut onyx front facing hoops accented with round diamonds totaling approximately 0.87 carat are suspended from hexagons in grey chalcedony mounted in 18 karat white gol...
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2010s American Fred Leighton Jewelry

Materials

Diamond, Onyx, 18k Gold, White Gold

Fred Leighton Multi Gem Bird of Paradise Brooch with Articulated Tail Feathers
By Fred Leighton
Located in New York, NY
A custom made "Bird of Paradise" brooch of 18kt gold, with cabochon ruby eyes = .10 carats, the head and back set with 80 yellow diamonds = 1.75 carats, the breast paved with 34 bril...
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1980s American Vintage Fred Leighton Jewelry

Materials

Diamond, Emerald, Sapphire, Ruby, 18k Gold

Fred Leighton 3 Carat Round Cut Diamond Bangle in 18k White Gold
By Fred Leighton
Located in Miami, FL
Introducing this Fred Leighton round cut diamond bangle. With 3 carats in natural, VS clarity diamonds and set in 18k white gold. This bangle bracelet is made in 18k solid gold with...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Fred Leighton Jewelry

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold, White Gold

Signed Fred Leighton Black Jade and Diamond Hexagonal Stud Earrings
By Fred Leighton
Located in New York, NY
A pair of round diamonds totaling approximately 0.36 carats are inset to black jade hexagons mounted in 18 karat white gold. Signed Fred Leighton. The earrings measure approximately ...
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2010s American Fred Leighton Jewelry

Materials

Diamond, Black Jade, 18k Gold, White Gold

Fred Leighton French Sapphire Diamond Clip on Earrings 18 Karat White Gold
By Fred Leighton
Located in Munich, Bavaria
These wonderful clip on earrings in the shape of balls are entirely covered by oval sapphire cabochons mounted in white gold. The backs of the clips are embellished with a circle of ...
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1980s French Modern Vintage Fred Leighton Jewelry

Materials

Diamond, Sapphire, 18k Gold, White Gold

Fred Leighton Multi-Color Bombé Sapphire and Emerald Earclips
By Fred Leighton
Located in New York, NY
These substantial multi-gem bombé earclips by Marilyn Cooperman for Fred Leighton embody period charm with a wonderfully crafted whorl pattern in 18K gold and silver. Sapphires weig...
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1970s Retro Vintage Fred Leighton Jewelry

Materials

Emerald, Sapphire, 18k Gold

Signed Fred Leighton Rose Cut Diamond Rosette Hoop Earrings
By Fred Leighton
Located in New York, NY
Graduating hoops of round rose cut diamonds totaling approximately 3.91 carats are mounted in 18 karat white gold. Fred Leighton is renowned for extraordinary collections of vintage...
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2010s American Fred Leighton Jewelry

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold, White Gold

1950's Fred Leighton Yellow Gold, Citrine & Rock Crystal Dangle Earrings
By Fred Leighton
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Product details: The earrings are made out of 18 karat yellow gold, detailed with citrine and rock crystal, featuring heart motif and clip on style. Made in France.
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1950s French Vintage Fred Leighton Jewelry

Materials

Citrine, Crystal, Rock Crystal, Yellow Gold

Red Sponge Coral and Pyrite Beads Strand with Diamond 18 Karat Clasp
By Fred Leighton
Located in Miami, FL
A one of a kind free form organic sponge coral and pyrite beads necklace. The necklace features a sequence of sponge coral and pyrite beads ending with a clasp composed of a diamond ...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Fred Leighton Jewelry

Materials

Coral, Diamond, White Diamond, Gold, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Fred Leighton Black Jade and Diamond Halo Hexagonal Stud Earrings
By Fred Leighton
Located in New York, NY
Faceted hexagons of black jade are bordered with round diamonds totaling approximately 0.35 carat mounted in 18 karat white gold. Fred Leighton is renowned for extraordinary collect...
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2010s Fred Leighton Jewelry

Materials

Black Jade, Diamond, Jade, 18k Gold, White Gold

Fred Leighton Grey Chalcedony and Diamond Helix Pendant Earrings
By Fred Leighton
Located in New York, NY
Carved grey chalcedony drops are suspended from lozenge motifs set with a total of approximately 0.67 carats of round diamonds mounted in 18 karat white gold. Signed Fred Leighton. ...
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2010s Fred Leighton Jewelry

Materials

Chalcedony, Diamond, 18k Gold, White Gold

Fred Leighton Blue Chalcedony and Sapphire Halo Hexagonal Stud Earrings
By Fred Leighton
Located in New York, NY
Hexagonal cut blue chalcedony is inlaid with round diamonds totaling approximately 0.05 carat and is set in a calibre sapphire surround totaling approximately 0.40 carat in an 18 kar...
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2010s Fred Leighton Jewelry

Materials

Chalcedony, Diamond, Sapphire, 18k Gold, White Gold

Fred Leighton Onyx and Jade Tassel Pendant Necklace in 18K White Gold
By Fred Leighton
Located in Houston, TX
Fred Leighton tassel pendant necklace in 18K white gold composed of diamonds, sapphires, onyx and jade with black enamel. There are 13 strands of nephrite jade beads, accented with ...
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Late 20th Century American Fred Leighton Jewelry

Materials

Diamond, Jade, Sapphire, Onyx, 18k Gold, White Gold

Fred Leighton 5.80 Carat Pear Cut Briolette Diamond Platinum Dangle Earrings
By Fred Leighton
Located in Stamford, CT
Original Fred Leighton solid Platinum chandelier style diamond dangle earrings 5.80cts total. E to F, VS1 clarity. Platinum 4 pear shaped rose cut diamonds, 7 x 5mm to 7.5 x 5.5m...
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Late 20th Century Fred Leighton Jewelry

Materials

Diamond, Platinum

Fred Leighton Marquise-Cut Flower Diamond Drop Earrings
By Fred Leighton
Located in New York, NY
This beautiful set of leaf-themed diamond drop earrings features four marquise diamonds framed in micro-pave. The total weight of these earrings is approximately 7 carats. These flow...
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20th Century American Contemporary Fred Leighton Jewelry

Materials

Diamond, Platinum

Fred Leighton Diamond and Black Onyx Halo Hexagonal Stud Earrings
By Fred Leighton
Located in New York, NY
A pair of round diamonds totaling approximately 0.35 carats are set to the center of a hexagonal pattern outlined in calibre onyx mounted in 18 karat white gold. Diamonds appx. G-H/V...
Category

2010s American Fred Leighton Jewelry

Materials

Diamond, Onyx, 18k Gold, White Gold

Fred Leighton jewelry & watches for sale on 1stDibs

Fred Leighton Jewelry & Watches is available on 1stDibs. These unique items were designed with extraordinary care, often using gold. While looking for the most stylish antique or vintage Fred Leighton jewelry to pair with your ensemble, you’ll find that Fred Leighton diamond jewelry & watches can add a particularly distinctive touch to your look, from our inventory of 12. This collection contains 14 pieces as well as a number of other designs by this jeweler. Modern and contemporary are among the most popular styles of Fred Leighton's jewelry and watches available on 1stDibs. While this collection reflects work that originated over various time periods, most of these items were designed during the 21st Century and Contemporary. Many customers also consider jewelry & watches by VANLELES DIAMONDS, AGMES and Martha Seely if you are looking for additional options. Prices for Fred Leighton watches and jewelry can vary depending upon gemstone, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $3,500 and tops out at $985,000, while pieces like these can sell for $11,950 on average.

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