Some of Erté's (Romain De Tirtoff) "Art to Wear collection", the Russian-born French Art Deco painter and designer, is available through the Martin Lawrence Galleries. Erté?s desire to create jewelry arose from his life-long dedication to beautifying women through the genius of his designs. He envisioned his jewelry as works of art, but unlike works created by other artists, his would be designed to be worn. As a result, he considered these works ?Art to Wear.?
Liz Collectibles Boutique carries an assortment of vintage, bakelite/plastic, imitation designer jewelry, and "runway jewelry". Runway jewelry was never made to be sold in stores; it is usually one-of-a-kind handcrafted pieces. These are not executed with as fine materials or good workmanship as mass-produced jewelry. They are over-sized so as to be noticed at a distance, often heavy, have a great look but are not perfectly made, and have also seen some wear at fashion shows.