A Foreign-Affairs Expert Turns Her Focus to Vintage Jewelry

  • Photo by Lisa Charles Watson, Styling by Charles W. Bumgardner
    Mahnaz Ispahani Bartos, once active as an expert in foreign affairs, now specializes in gems, and her Mahnaz Collection is a premier source of jewelry from the 1960s and ’70s. Photo by Lisa Charles Watson, Styling by Charles W. Bumgardner

Mahnaz Ispahani Bartos, once active as an expert in foreign affairs, now specializes in gems, and her Mahnaz Collection (mahnazcollection.com; available at Barneys New York, barneys.com) is a premier source of jewelry from the 1960s and ’70s—eras that are clear influencers in today’s more fluid fashion styles. “These are vintage pieces with a contemporary relevance,” she says. Her meticulously curated collection includes (above, from top left) this 1970s Boucheron cuff and necklace in 18-karat gold ($29,000 and $35,000, respectively) and Andrew Grima’s ’60s amethyst-and-diamond ring, also in 18-karat gold ($18,000).  

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