Lifelong jewellery fans, the two friends and co-founders behind The Stax Advisory, Victoria Lampley Berens and Laurel Pantin, set up their full-service jewellery consultancy in Spring 2021, specialising in sourcing spectacular vintage pieces. Lampley Berens has a background in PR and design, and inherited her late mother’s love of vintage bijoux, while Pantin is a respected fashion and jewellery editor, with a seasoned eye for identifying trends and exceptional pieces. 

Sotheby’s senior vice president and senior specialist of private sales at Sotheby’s, David Rothschild, reached out when he spotted one of The Stax’s early Instagram posts, and the collaboration quickly evolved, with The Stax curating an all-female jewellery exhibition and sale at Sotheby’s Palm Beach, due to take place 4 – 10 April 2022.

‘It’s a totally serendipitous twist of fate – my late mother lived in Palm Beach for a time, and she loved jewellery. I wanted to start this business in honour of her, so everything about this partnership feels right,’ says Lampley Berens, who lost her mother to cancer five years ago.

Nina Runsdorf
Nina Runsdorf’s diamond bracelet in 18ct yellow gold with 3.13ct light yellow cushion cut diamond, $98,500

The exhibition will include jewels from Alice Cicolini, Carolina Bucci, Charlotte Chesnais, Ming, Nina Runsdorf, Prounis, amongst others, mixing heritage and antique jewellery with modern and contemporary pieces. ‘We wanted to merge the glamour and nostalgia of the Slim Aarons Palm Beach world with the contemporary new-wave of international clientele and residents who have flocked to [the area],’ says Lampley Berens of the curation. Statement pieces with bright stones, as well as colourful earrings, pinky rings, bold chains, and sculptural rings have been particularly popular. 

Anabela Chan
Anabela Chan’s ‘Citrus Neptuna’ earrings, in recycled aluminium, 18ct gold and rhodium vermeil, with simulated gemstones of orange citrines, champagne diamonds, apple green tourmalines, yellow sapphires and lemon quartz, $2,835

With the exhibition intentionally timed ahead of US Mother’s Day (on 8 May), Lampley Berens explains, ‘A major driving factor in our curation was bringing together a powerful group of women, all highly esteemed fine jewellery designers, and ensuring a portion of the proceeds from the sale benefit a cause close to my heart. We partnered with Mother Lovers, founded by my dear friend Paula Goldstein, a non-profit organisation raising awareness about the maternal health crisis.’ The charity will focus its next grant-making cycle on supporting educational opportunities and funds for midwives, and the advancement of access to prenatal care. §

Prounis
Double laurel cuff with diamonds in yellow gold by Prounis, $32,000
Charlotte Chesnais
Pink morganite ‘Ribbon Ring’ in 18ct gold by Charlotte Chesnais, $15,000