Cameron Silver is a world-class jewelry collector. The owner of Decades, the country’s foremost purveyor of luxury vintage clothing and accessories, he has access to some of the most substantial and storied jewelry on the market and can instantly recall a piece’s provenance. The larger-than-life fashion authority and philanthropist invited us into his hillside home in Los Angeles for a close-up look at his momentous collection—one that’s been curated throughout a lifetime. From grand masters Boucheron, Cartier, and Gucci, to Bulgari, David Webb, and Tiffany, piece after piece is unveiled as if from a dedicated exhibit, yet the collection as a whole is harmonious and remarkably edited. No piece is without meaning or a story to Silver. -The Stone Set
How did growing up and your background prepare you to be a jewelry lover?
My maternal grandmother’s family was in the diamond business. I guess it’s in my blood.
What pieces in your collection are most significant to you and why?
I love the crazy ’60s hedgehog ring because it’s so eccentric and absurd.
What was your first major jewelery purchase or gift?
My parents bought me a Cartier LOVE bracelet. It’s one of those essential and classic pieces, but it sets off security at TSA so I stopped wearing it.
Who are your favorite jewelers and why?
I love vintage Codognato, Bulgari, Boucheron, and Tiffany plus modern jewels of Irene Neuwirth, Kara Ross, Hoorsenbuhs, Daniela Villegas, Holly Dyment, and Delfina Delettrez. The Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda jewelry is phenomenal.
On a typical day, what pieces are you wearing?
I always wear my Faraone Mennella bracelets. That’s why they aren’t in the photos as they are always on my arm!
How do watches fit into your collection?
I find myself wearing watches less and less, but I favor the Boucheron MEC. It’s a showstopper.
Where are your favorite places to find rare jewelry?
The Original Miami Beach Antique Show is simply an overdose of bling!
What decades or time periods are you most drawn to for jewelry? Why?
I love all decades of design. I would wear something as rare as early Egyptian jewelry or something modern designed by Hoorsenbuhs or Daniela Villegas.
Who are your jewelry icons, living or dead, real or fictional?
Baron de Redé and any Maharajah.
Do you have a mentor or inspiration as you buy and collect?
I have friends with amazing jewelry collections and I often text Jennifer Tilly to ask her advice on purchases.
What’s the story behind your Hermes checkerboard?
It’s from the 1960s and was previously owned by a certain talk show hostess and her wife.
Are there any pieces you dream of adding to your collection?
I think I need a crown. Why not?
Photography by The Stone Set.