Old Jewelry, New Methods: How Kentshire Galleries Has Modernized It’s Vintage Jewelry Business

Episode 80

What you’ll learn in this episode:

  • How Kentshire Galleries has adapted over the years and continues to modernize its brand.
  • Why digital marketing is the key to preserving interest in vintage jewelry.
  • How to get young people to connect with antique jewelry, even if they can’t afford it (yet).
  • Why retail shopping will never go back to the way it was pre-pandemic.
  • Why style, rather than stone quality or appreciation in value, is the quality to look for when shopping for period jewelry.

About Matthew Imberman:

Matthew Imberman, along with his sister Carrie, are the co-presidents of Kentshire Galleries. Established in 1940 and spanning three generations of family ownership, Kentshire Galleries is one of the foremost dealers of fine period and estate jewelry. In 1988, Kentshire established a free-standing boutique in New York’s premier luxury store, Bergdorf Goodman. Their antique and estate jewelry department continues to occupy a select location on the store’s seventh floor. As the third generation of the family to lead Kentshire, Matthew and Carrie continue to refine the gallery’s founding vision: buying and selling outstanding jewelry and objects of enduring design and elegance.

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Episode Transcript

A rare Iron Age style antique gold torque of engraved design with reeded terminals, in 14k. Michelsen of Copenhagen. See Charlotte Gere and Judy Rudoe’s Jewellery in the Age of Queen Victoria, The British Museum Press, 2010, pg. 438 (plate 432) for an image of a nearly identical necklace as presented by Denmark to Princess Alexandra on the occasion of her marriage to Prince Albert of Wales.


A Retro gold bracelet of ribbon loop design with alternating smooth and fluted links, in 18k. Signed Cartier-Paris.

An Art Moderne clip brooch in the industrial style set with a cushion-cut aquamarine, in platinum and 18k white gold. France.

A gold, onyx, and chrysoprase ring comprised of curved, graduated onyx plaques separated by a chrysoprase plaque, centered by a domed gold fastener with gold eyelets, in 18k. Aldo Cipullo for Cartier.

A pair of antique rose-cut diamond earrings of foliate design terminating in drop diamond pendants in diamond surrounds, in sterling silver and 18k gold. France.


Sharon Berman