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Anyone who has perused the luxury catalogs or shopped the high end boutiques is familiar with Jay Strongwater’s accessory designs. It’s art that is translated into miniature jeweled treasures. Jeweled and flowered frames, enameled boxes, candlesticks, mirrors, lamp, tables and of course, elaborately jeweled Christmas ornaments.

Jay's Start Came in 1982:

Strongwater started his career in 1982. After getting raves for a piece of jewelry he made for his mother, he took samples to the open buyer days at New York’s department stores. But his big break came from a meeting with none other than Oscar de la Renta, who collaborated with Strongwater for his fashion runway jewels.

Another Gift, Another Line:

Another gift, this time a jeweled, filigree picture frame made for friends and buyers, was the beginning of his Jewels for the Home line. Once they saw the frames everyone wanted more from Strongwater. Another business is born and, in 1998, wound up supplanting his fashion business.

Jewels for the Home:

“I’m fascinated by the idea of taking everyday things and turning them into jewels for the home,” he says. “Beauty shouldn’t be tucked in a drawer.

Strongwater has 125 artisans working the New York studio and Rhode Island workshop, who finish all the pieces that originate in Portugal and Poland.

Jay Strongwater Glass Ornaments

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As his vision has flourished, so has Strongwater’s presence in the home departments of Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue as well as specialty boutiques across the country. In 2003, he introduced his clientele to the world of Jay Strongwater with his own boutique at the Forum Shops in Las Vegas.

That same year saw an international expansion as well: a shop-in-shop at Harrods in London, Dubai, Moscow and Tokyo. And to satisfy the most far-flung of fans, he launched an e-commerce website in 2007.

Who Collects?:

Numbering among those ardent aficionados are a crowd of emirs and princesses and celebrities Sir Elton John, Cate Blanchett, Halle Berry and of course Oprah Winfrey who famously made the peace with David Letterman in 2005 with a Strongwater framed photograph of herself and Uma Thurman.
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Bottom Line:

If you're looking for an incredible collectible or piece of art, look no further than Jay Strongwater ornamental accessories. There's no doubt the pieces are expensive, but if you enjoy or covet the elaborate jeweled look, be sure to check Strongwater out in person. Pictures don't do them justice!

And if they're good enough for Oprah to give as a gift on television, that's good enough for me!

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