Seller Story: Joseph Holland, Dallas, TX
“During the early 60s in New York, Pop artist, Peter Max helped establish my presence in the antique world. ‘The Golden Age of Antique Shows,’ the period between 1960 and 1980, was a time when I could prominently display my collection of antique furniture, and also my eclectic mix of jewelry. It was not long before my passion and discernment for distinctive and excellent jewelry designs garnered a loyal clientele that was equally — if not more–dazzling.
Prior to designing jewelry, restored historic homes in Memphis. Starting out with just two homes from the Memphis Housing Authority, I was given five years to complete structural and external renovation, but also restore and plan the reuse of the homes as part of an Urban Renewal Act. By the time I was finished, I had saved 23 homes, and one of them housed my own antique shop on the ground floor, ‘Finishing Touch.’ I traveled the world collecting antiques and pieces to fill my shop and the home while dabbling in jewelry making as a side hobby. My metalwork experimentation occupied lulls between antique shows and events during my interior design career — my early workshop was a friend’s dental lab. Casting gold dental crowns was not entirely dissimilar to making jewelry, and in hindsight foreshadowed a sting that I did in India (which soon expanded to Burma and Thailand) where I honed a particular niche–designing fantastical and exotic reinterpretations of royal tiaras from the past.–Joseph Holland, jewelry designer
Vintage Wedgwood Style Pendant with Sapphires and Moonstones
One of a Kind Freshwater Cultured Pear, Aquamarine and Silver Choker
Vintage Quartz, Cultured Pearl and Silver Earrings
Dyed Freshwater Cultured Pearl Necklace
Custom Made Joseph Holland Quartz, Cultured Pearl and Silver Collar Necklace
Joseph Holland Custom Multi-Stone, Freshwater Cultured Pearl, Sterling Silver and Vermeil Ring
Vintage Quartz , Sapphire and Silver Bracelet
Joseph Holland Design Sterling Silver Chalice
Indian Style Emerald, Seed Pearl and Glass Bead Necklace
Victorian Gold filled and Enamel Screw Back Earrings
Vintage Peridot, Freshwater Cultured Pearl and Sterling Silver Cross
Vintage 14K Gold, Cultured Pearl, Ruby and Enamel Brooch
14K Gold Victorian Quatrefoil Watch Chain with Enamel Detailing
Vintage Yellow Quartz and Vermeil Brooch/Enhancer
Vintage Agate and Religious Coin Medallion Necklace
Vintage Chalcedony and Vermeil Ring
Garnet,Freshwater Cultured Pearl and Silver Crucifix
Vintage Garnet Chandelier Earrings Mounted in Vermeil
Vintage Multi-Stone, Enamel and Sterling Silver Snake Arm Cuff
One of a Kind Joseph Holland Multi Stone Sterling Silver and Vermeil Ring
Vintage Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald and Vermeil Brooch
Vintage Jadeite Pendant Mounted in Gold Plated Sterling
Vintage Sterling Silver ,Garnet, Emerald, Citrine and Cubic Zirconia Bracelet
Vintage Sterling Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald Choker Fragment
Vintage Amethyst and Sterling Silver Vermeil Dragonfly Brooch
Vintage Amethyst Sterling Silver and Base Metal Necklace
Vintage Amethyst, Ruby, and Silver Drop Earrings
Vintage Quartz and Vermeil Choker
Vintage Freshwater Cultured Pearl, Amethyst, Topaz, Sterling Silver Bracelet
Vintage Sterling Silver, Rose Quartz, and Moonstone Pendant
Dyed Freshwater Cultured Pearl Necklace with a 14K Clasp
Vintage Freshwater Cultured Pearl, Colorless Topaz, Sterling Silver Brooch
Dyed Freshwater Cultured Pearl Necklace with Sterling Silver Clasp
Vintage Garnet Freshwater Pearl and Vermeil Floral Brooch
Vintage 14K Gold and Shell Cameo Brooch
Ruby, Garnet and Sterling Silver Vermeil Chandelier Earrings
Quartz, Freshwater Cultured Pearl and Silver Earrings
Vintage Silver Coin Medallion Bracelet
Vintage Iolite, Ruby, and Sterling Silver Pendant-Brooch
One of a Kind Joseph Holland Ruby,Quartz and Sterling Jewelry Set
Vintage Lapis Lazuli and Vermeil Pill Box
Indian Style Costume Chandelier Earrings
Vintage Blue and White Enamel Lima Aeronautico Medallion
18K and Sterling Blue Enamel Women's Watch with Lapis Bee Pendant
Vintage Black Onyx, Cultured Pearl, Enamel and Vermeil Necklace
Vintage Sterling Silver and Black Onyx Intaglio Ring
Vintage Cultured Pearl Necklace
Antique Black Onyx Hard Stone Cameo in Vermeil with Pearl Border
How did your time in India influence your designs?
The antiques of the region and signatures of different eras were incorporated into my creations, and my trips to India and Asia broadened the scope of the work. I discovered artisans that were implementing craftsmanship and engraving techniques that were long lost in America. I set up my silver factory in India where I manufactured sterling goblets in the antique Baltimore repousse style.
As a collector, what pieces do you gravitate toward?
I’ve picked up such exotic pieces as one of the Maharaja of Jaipur’s dowry trays, a necklace from one of the one hundred horses and one hundred elephants in her dowry. Whatever I find, it must be unforgettable–antique scrolls, snuff bottles and jade carvings from China, 19th-century Hungarian renaissance-style jewelry, the list goes on.
How do you keep your designs out of the realm of what could be considered “costume”?
I don’t ignore fads. Fads can be an opportunity to push the look, but with a penchant for the over-the-top and outrageous, I’ve always implemented the use of precious metals and genuine stones with the intention that if it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing big enough to make a statement.