Collector’s Eye Jewelry
Merrily Flanagan’s aesthetic odyssey began over 40 years ago in the 1960’s, in Marblehead Massachusetts, as her passion for collecting and appreciating beautiful objects and furniture of yesteryear led her throughout the New England area to every estate sale, antique store, and flea market she could find. It was during this time that the seed was planted: she developed and refined her ”aesthetic eye“ for antiques, vintage jewelry, and objects of adornment. In the process, she would discover her artistic mission in life.
This life pursuit would take full form when her voyage brought her to Los Angeles California, where she wholesaled to the trade beginning in 1979, and opened her retail store “A Collector’s Eye” in the San Fernando Valley in 1984. She quickly attracted a loyal following of dealers and collectors from around the world. She earned the reputation for carrying “the largest selection of vintage jewelry in Southern California.” (Daily News, Sept. 1987)
Given her expertise, reputation, and the breadth of her collection, Merrily was frequently consulted and commissioned by Hollywood set designers in the movie industry to provide authentic period jewelry for movies and television shows. Consequently her store was chosen as the set location for a number of scenes in prime time television shows.
With her discriminating eye, her attention to detail, and her sense of style and design, she created a shop that was truly unique, a sparkling wonderland, where “an amazing feast of vintage jewelry can be found, with over 10,000 pieces in every color, style, and period.” (Inside Antiques Magazine, Oct. 1994) Geri Cook (Critic and Staff Columnist for L.A. Life Magazine) suggested, “Take time to thoroughly savor this delicious trip back through time. Her minute attention to detail is reflected in the display arrangements-topaz and amber on one table, crystal on another, and a separate table each for sapphires, rubies, turquoise, emerald, baroque gold. There’s a rainbow with a pot at the end.” (Geri Cook, L.A. Life, Saturday, January 21, 1989.)
“About an hour and a half from L.A. there is a rising industrial park close to Reseda on Sherman Way, and there you find a business, “A Collector’s Eye”, that is like an oasis, with costume and fine jewelry from the 1920s and 1930s from the time of Elizabeth Taylor and Joan Collins. Many people would be jealous having a place like this, with the magnitude of this collection that is available. With the prestige of being close to Hollywood, even a queen would look great with these jewels, real or costume… it would be something for you to see for yourself, at: “A Collector’s Eye”, located at 18564 Sherman Way, Reseda California.”
Tired of the smog and traffic of Los Angeles, Merrily retired in 1995, and moved to Bear Valley Springs, Tehachapi, California. She sold her shop to her manager Eleanor Goodchild, who has since established a wonderful business called ”Collectible Glitz-Miss La De Da’s“ located at 21435 Sherman Way, Canoga Park, California 91303. She can be reached at (818) 347-9343. But, her passion for rare vintage jewelry did not diminish as she was now afforded the time and opportunity to expand, refine, and focus exclusively on her private collection, consisting of rare and exceptional designer pieces.
Welcome! We are proud to announce the return of “A Collector’s Eye”, now located online at http://www.collectorseyejewelry.com. We will try to introduce a new category each month, as well as continuing to add to our present ones.
Any vintage piece you wear can, and should, be an outgrowth of your personality. First and foremost, let color and design take you on your individual path toward art and adornment.
Now for you, the journey of self-discovery begins…
Just when you thought there were no more surprises…