Fine fashion jeweler Scott Kay on Saturday will open SK66, a private gallery showcasing his work.
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Located next to the 28-year-old company’s headquarters in Teaneck, N.J., the brand bills the two-floor, 5,000-square-foot space as the closest thing it has to a flagship — but this is a by-appointment-only venue not open to the public.
Known for a large selection of fine fashion and bridal jewelry that is carried in more than 3,000 locations nationwide, the new gallery features many one-of-a-kind and new pieces that are curated in a way meant to evoke the feeling of a “speakeasy” and a unique shopping experience for the consumer, according to Tiffany Kay, senior director of merchandising and corporate relations. The color tones are rich and warm, comprised of an amber and deep red color scheme with dark walnut floors and white LED lights.
“We wanted it to be a special place where people that really appreciate the art and conception of a piece of jewelry can go and shop in a private matter. Scott made this space so he could design anything he wants or feature anything he wants,” Tiffany Kay said, adding that SK66 is simply a combination of the designer’s initials and his birth month and day, June 6.
The space houses nearly 5,000 pieces of jewelry — the first floor is dedicated to women’s and the second floor to men’s — and is the result of four years of collecting fine jewelry, art and sculpture created by Scott Kay, who until now has never released any of these items to the public. Kay and his wife, Regina Kay, president of SK66, traveled to places such as Istanbul, Italy, Israel and France to find the antiquities that inhabit the space.
Tiffany Kay cited the Protecting the Cross series, part of the Faith collection that Scott Kay designed during the recession, as a standout. There is an 18-karat gold piece with diamonds, a sterling silver rendition on a leather bracelet, and a sculpture that took him more than a year to finalize from conception to completion that Tiffany Kay describes as an angel with “detailed feathered wings wrap around a diamond-cut black sapphire inlaid cross representing protection.”
The company will celebrate SK66 with an event at the space on Saturday.