Town & Country editor set straight on $135,000 Man Ray necklace

It’s not often you catch Town & Country editor Stellene Volandes in a fine jewelry faux pas.

The fashionable Volandes was seen wearing a vintage $135,000 Man Ray necklace called “Les Amoureux” — which features a pair of lips modeled on those of his famed lover, the photographer Lee Miller — at a Hamptons bash, with the lips in the middle of her neck. We’re told that an even-more-in-the-know jewelry connoisseur told her that the piece is supposed to be worn slightly off to the side, so the lips sit on the neck “where a man would kiss you.”

Tiffany Dubin and Sotheby’s threw the party to show off the pieces from the auction house’s upcoming “Artist Made Jewelry” exhibition.

Predictably it was a Who’s Who of the chic set with Shaikha Paula Al-Sabah of Kuwait, Debbie Bancroft, Candice Bushnell, Essie de Kwiatkowski, Cynthia Frank, Monique Merrill, Francesca Stanfill Nye, Patty Raynes, Kara Ross, Jacqueline Schnabel, Lara Shriftman, Madeline Weinrib, and sisters Bettina and Donna Zilkha all making an appearance.

The Sotheby’s exhibition features two million dollars worth of eclectic work by artists including Alexander Calder, Lucio Fontana, Niki de Saint Phalle, Francois-Xavier Lalanne, Anish Kapoor, Jeff Koons, and Ed Ruscha. 

Over $200,000 worth of the exhibition was either sold or reserved by the end of the event, we’re told. 

The full exhibition opens to the public on August 3rd at the Sotheby’s gallery in East Hampton on Newtown Lane.

Man Ray started collaborating with Italian firm Gem Montebello on jewelry in the 1960s. He incorporated some of his designs into his shoots, including one 1968 session with Catherine Deneuve.

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