Mahnaz Collection’s Exquisite, Unusual Vintage Jewelry

Mahnaz Collection’s Exquisite, Unusual Vintage Jewelry

Before presenting jewelry to a client, Mahnaz Ispahani Bartos may spend months or years researching and gathering pieces by an influential jeweler or from a certain design movement. The collector’s curatorial approach creates a narrative and historical context for designs that set the Mahnaz Collection apart from other vintage-jewelry boutiques. “I like to bring lost masters to the fore to tell their story—who made it, when they made it, and the cultural context in which they made it,” says Ispahani Bartos, who last summer moved her growing business from her private studio to a larger, by-appointment gallery on Midtown Manhattan’s East 57th Street.

Her own story is compelling, too. The global policy ​expert turned vintage-jewelry dealer worked for the New York–based Ford Foundation for 10 years before launching her vintage-jewelry collection in 2012. “At the Ford Foundation, our philosophy was to give people voice. That is what I want to do with the jewelry as well,” she says. If policy and jewelry seem unlikely bedfellows, they have a connection in Ispahani Bartos. Jewelry is part of her roots: “I come from a culture where we’re always involved with jewelry. I was raised around jewelers, and it has always been in my life.” Born in Pakistan, she began collecting pieces early, accessorizing her dolls with emerald earrings handed down from her grandmother.

Mahnaz Collection cuff

Cuff by Richard Chavez  Photo: Courtesy Mahnaz Collection

In the 6 years since founding her business, Ispahani Bartos has garnered a loyal clientele who rely on her for a range of vintage jewelry, from examples by revered houses (starting at $7,500) to those of lesser-known jewelry artists (from $2,000). This eclectic mix includes a Mellerio dits Meller brooch with lapis lazuli and diamonds, textured gold rings by 20th-century designer Andrew Grima, and a Van Cleef & Arpels two-headed eagle pendant from the 1970s, to name a few.

Mahnaz Collection scorpion necklace

Scorpion Necklace by Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co.  Photo: Courtesy Mahnaz Collection

Ispahani Bartos is currently focusing her attention on the works of Native American jewelry designers. “What interests me in [Native American] jewelry is the play between tradition and ideas about what is modern,” she says. To date, she has acquired pieces ranging from Richard Chavez’s sugilite mosaic rings and bracelets to Charles Loloma’s textured tufa-cast cuff bracelets and the Yazzie family’s sophisticated silverwork pendants, bangles, and rings. She plans to unveil the exhibition early this year.

Source: http://robbreport.com/style/jewelry/mahnaz-collections-exquisite-unusual-vintage-jewelry-2772767/

Enrique Iglesias Posts First Pic of One of the Twins

Enrique Iglesias Posts First Pic of One of the Twins

Enrique Iglesias Here’s Half of My Pride & Joy!!!

Enrique Iglesias is giving the world a first glance at one of the twins he and Anna Kournikova kept totally undercover during her pregnancy.

There’s still some secrecy — Enrique captioned the pic, “My Sunshine” … so, it’s unclear if the kid in the pic is Nicholas or Lucy. TMZ broke the story … Anna and Enrique became first-time parents when she gave birth back in December. 

Judging by the baby’s clothing … we’re gonna guess this is Nicholas. Hell, we’ve got a 50-50 shot!

Source: http://www.tmz.com/2018/01/16/enrique-iglesias-baby-pic-twin/

Zooey Deschanel, I’m Too Busy to Horse Around in Court

Zooey Deschanel, I’m Too Busy to Horse Around in Court

Zooey Deschanel I’m Too Busy to Horse Around in Court

EXCLUSIVE

Zooey Deschanel says she’s way too busy making TV shows to do something as frivolous as showing up for a court date. 

Zooey was sued over a horse. The equine owner claims Zooey leased the animal from her back in 2013 and overworked it, causing it to become lame. The owner wants vet bills and other damages.

The case has lingered in the court system for a while, but now it’s time for a mandatory settlement conference … which means the judge is trying to get both sides to reach an agreement to avoid trial.

Zooey just filed legal docs saying she just can’t fit the appearance into her schedule, her lawyer saying, “Ms. Deschanel is a well-known actress with an extremely extensive and complicated work schedule.”

As they say … tell it to the judge. She did, and the judge said Zooey has to appear … or else. 

Source: http://www.tmz.com/2018/01/16/zooey-deschanel-lawsuit-horse-appearance-busy/

Stormy Daniels’ Friend Claims Donald Trump Chased the Porn Star

Stormy Daniels’ Friend Claims Donald Trump Chased the Porn Star

Donald Trump & Stormy Daniels Trump Chased Her in His Undies … Stormy’s Friend Claims

Porn star Stormy Daniels told a close friend Donald Trump was in chase mode — in his underwear — when they partied together in 2006 … at least that’s what the friend claimed Tuesday morning.

Alana Evans, also an adult film star, was on “Megyn Kelly TODAY” when she described a phone call with Stormy back in 2006. She says Stormy said, “picture this, Donald Trump chasing me around the bedroom in his tighty-whities.”

Megyn‘s audience erupted in laughter, and so did Alana who said the conversation is not the kinda thing you EVER forget. 

There are reports Trump’s camp paid Stormy $130k to keep quiet about the tryst. The White House has dismissed the claims about Stormy as “old, recycled reports, which were published and strongly denied prior to the election.”

Source: http://www.tmz.com/2018/01/16/stormy-daniels-donald-trump-megyn-kelly-today-friend-alana-evans/

Leonard Fournette In Minor Car Crash, NOT Injured

Leonard Fournette In Minor Car Crash, NOT Injured

Leonard Fournette In Car Crash … NOT Injured!

Breaking News

Close call for Jacksonville Jaguars superstar Leonard Fournette — who was rear-ended on a Florida interstate … but he’s OKAY!!!!

It all went down Tuesday morning … a rep for the Jags says Fournette was “involved in a minor car accident today when his car was rear ended.”

“Leonard is okay and was able to drive home.”

The rookie running back — who was a big factor in the Jags’ playoff win over the Steelers this past Sunday — was traveling on I-295, about a 10 minute drive from the EverBank Field.

And…. exhale. 

Source: http://www.tmz.com/2018/01/16/leonard-fournette-car-accident-uninjured/

Jerome Bettis Says Only 1 Team Can Upset the Patriots

Jerome Bettis Says Only 1 Team Can Upset the Patriots

Jerome Bettis Only 1 Team Can Upset the Patriots

EXCLUSIVE

Here’s some Super Bowl real talk, courtesy of Steelers legend, Pro Football Hall of Famer and SB40 champ Jerome Bettis — who we got outside Poppy in L.A.

Fact — Tom Brady and the Patriots are heavy favorites to win it all. 

Also fact — There’s 1 team in the field that’s got the goods to pull off an upset … but “it’s gonna take a big effort,” according to The Bus. 

And, good news for fans — that matchup’s coming sooner rather than later (hint, hint).

Source: http://www.tmz.com/2018/01/16/jerome-bettis-patriots-upset-nfl/

Time’s Up for James Franco on Sunset Blvd.

Time’s Up for James Franco on Sunset Blvd.

James Franco Time’s Up on Sunset Blvd. … What a Disaster

EXCLUSIVE

James Franco‘s art and life are getting uncomfortably close … ’cause the Time’s Up movement is breathing down his neck on Sunset Blvd.

A new billboard recently went up in Hollywood for Franco’s movie, “The Disaster Artist” — which sits just in front of a Time’s Up billboard no more than 100 yards away.

Unclear which one went up first — it’s awards season, though … so movie promotions are popping up all over L.A. Either way, it’s awkward placement.

As we reported … Franco’s been accused of sexual misconduct by at least 5 women. The accusations initially surfaced during the Golden Globes where the actor rocked a Time’s Up pin.

He’s now avoiding public events, such as last weekend’s Critics’ Choice Awards … where he won for best actor. 

Source: http://www.tmz.com/2018/01/16/james-franco-disaster-artist-billboard-times-up-sunset-blvd/

Stefon Diggs’ College Coach: He’s Only Gonna Get Better!!

Stefon Diggs’ College Coach: He’s Only Gonna Get Better!!

Stefon Diggs’ College Coach He’s Only Gonna Get Better!!

EXCLUSIVE

Think Stefon Diggs‘ game-winning touchdown grab was nice?? Ya ain’t seen nothin’ yet … so says his old college coach.

TMZ Sports spoke with Randy Edsall — who coached Diggs during his 3 seasons at Maryland — and he wasn’t one bit surprised by Stefon’s late-game heroics … noting he’s been making insane plays for years. 

“He was a tremendous, tremendous competitor. The bigger the moment or the bigger the opportunity, the more you knew he was gonna make something happen.”

Edsall praises Diggs’ “swag” and “bravado” … and says that confidence rubbed off on his teammates. But, coach makes it clear this is just the beginning for Stefon.

“I don’t think he’s reached his full potential … I think he can be a great one, and I think as long as he continues to stay humble and stays hungry, the sky is still the limit for him.”

Source: http://www.tmz.com/2018/01/16/randy-edsall-stefon-diggs-vikings/

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Welcome Baby Girl Via Surrogate

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Welcome Baby Girl Via Surrogate

Kim and Kanye Welcome Baby Girl!!!

Breaking News

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West just had their third child via surrogate … TMZ has learned.

Kim made the announcement, saying the surrogate gave birth Monday to a healthy girl weighing 7lbs 6oz.

TMZ broke the story … Kim and Kanye used a surrogate because she has placenta accreta … a life-threatening condition that created serious complications during the birth of her second child, Saint.

The surrogate lives in the San Diego area … it’s unclear if she gave birth there or at Cedars-Sinai in L.A. … where the couple’s other two children were born.

Source: http://www.tmz.com/2018/01/16/kim-kardashian-birth-baby-girl-kanye-west-surrogate/

Here’s How Much Average Apartment Rent Increased in 2017, According to RENTCafé

Here’s How Much Average Apartment Rent Increased in 2017, According to RENTCafé

After analyzing actual rent prices in more than 250 large cities across the United States, real estate website RENTCafé found that the average apartment rent increased by about 2.5 percent in 2017. The report, which was based on data compiled by Yardi Matrix, found that the national average apartment rent was $1,359. That means rent prices across the U.S. are around 24 percent higher than they were a decade ago. On average, American renters paid around $400 more in 2017 than they did the previous year.

Prices for one- and two-bedroom units increased the most (3.1 percent and 3 percent, respectively). The study found that the average price of one-bedroom units across the U.S. is $1,223 per month, while the average two-bedroom apartment is going for $1,405.

Rent prices in several large cities (including New York City, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.) grew slower than the national average. Manhattan and Brooklyn even saw a 1.7 percent decrease year over year—the most significant drops in rent prices in 2017.

The city that saw the fastest growth rate was Las Vegas, where prices went up a whopping 6.3 percent year over year. According to RENTCafé, Sin City rents have increased 30 percent in the last 5 years as the market recovers from the housing crash and new apartment construction continues to pick up. Detroit saw a 5.6 percent price hike, while San Diego followed closely behind with a 5.5 percent year-over-year increase. Fort Worth and Columbus rounded out the top five cities with the highest rent increases.

Of course, some renters will end up paying substantially more than the monthly average: In Los Angeles, one lavish penthouse (which includes four bedrooms, four kitchens, two living rooms, a temperature-controlled wine room, and a wraparound terrace with a swimming pool) is going for $100,000 per month. And in New York City, a five-bedroom penthouse with Statue of Liberty and Hudson and East River views is going for $45,000 per month.

Source: http://robbreport.com/shelter/spaces/average-apartment-rent-increase-2772540/