Thomas Laine Jewelry Blog
When actress Ellen Barkin and Revlon chairman Ron Perelman divorced in 2006, it was an unpleasant and acrimonious affair. Perelman surprised Barkin with divorce papers and then had security guards watch her as she removed her belongings from the couple’s townhouse. Barkin is a true jewelry lover and connoisseur, and she received many extravagant jewels as gifts from Perelman during their seven year relationship, but the bitterness of their separation left her with a desire to get rid of most of the pieces she received from her ex-husband. In October 2006, an auction was held at Christie’s in Rockefeller Center in which over a hundred of Barkin’s jewels were sold. Among them were several pieces made by JAR — a Paris-based American jeweler who is known for his exclusivity and selectiveness when choosing clients. The auction fetched 20,369,200 USD and made Barkin a heroine in the eyes of many women.
Barkin’s collection truly reflected the fact that she is a sophisticated and discerning jewelry lover. Here are some of the highlights from the auction paired with Thomas Laine pieces to help you get the look.
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