The Elaine Miller Collection, Raleigh, North Carolina

The Elaine Miller Collection, located in Raleigh, was long known as one of the region’s premiere jewelry salons, and Elaine Miller herself was one of our area’s foremost experts: a popular and erudite resource of style and knowledge. Miller was not only highly regarded here, but also a well-known dealer in New York, where she grew up and attended the Parsons School of Design, and she was a longtime presence at prestigious trade shows up and down the eastern seaboard—well-connected nationally, with an astute eye for the art and craft of jewelry.

Miller retired and closed her boutique in 2014, but her presence is still very much felt, and we are delighted to offer thirty-five pieces from her personal collection in The Winter Quarterly Auction. These include not only jewelry, of course, which forms the bulk of the collection, but also fine art, furniture and décor. Miller’s refined and sophisticated sense of taste is reflected in all the varied pieces in our upcoming sale, and this is an excellent chance to become the beneficiary of the intersection of a collector’s personal ardor and professional expertise.

Of particular appeal are a vibrant, eye-catching, multi-strand necklace, with eleven strands of rubies gathered to an elegant gold clasp accented with 114 round brilliant-cut diamonds; and a ribbon-motif brooch in diamond and white gold, flowing, playful, and with great sophistication. The latter piece is by the outstanding San Francisco design house J. Stella.