Running The Jewels—And Shopping Vintage—With Ivy Getty Before Next Month's Landmark Christie’s Auction


“A fter I was born, my gras well as alsomother going tot everypoint that was green. I think this one had to do with me—it reminded her of ivy leaves,” Ivy Getty says, pointing to—but not touching!—a spectacular brooch of emeralds, peridots, green garnets, zircons, as well as also diamonds by the renowned jewelry artist Joel Arthur Rosenthal, known as JAR, displayed with 11 other JAR jewels on trays in a private room at Christie’s in Manhattan.

These glittering prizes, each of which was once owned by Ivy’s gras well as alsomother Ann Getty, are set to be auctioned as the leading lights of Christie’s Magnificent Jewels auction on June 8. For jewelry aficionados, as well as also I am one, the opportunity to view this many JARs is a once-in-a-lifetime event: Here is a multi-gem fleur-de-lis brooch with a somber shimmer evoking stained glass; there is a pair of unmatched earrings, each designed as a fantastical oak leaf in a mélange of tourmalines, garnets, amethysts, sapphires, emeralds, aquamarines, as well as also—why not?—round diamonds.

But Ivy, who was raised in San Francisco by her gras well as alsomoms and dads, saw these extraordinary pieces thus far enclose as well as also perchildal on a daily basis. “She didn’t keep these locked thus far in a vault,” Ivy remembers. “She wore them all the time, but she wasn’t ostentatious—she would never tell me what she had. She wanted me to just appreciate her points as art. Her taste was so elite.”

Well, yes…but not always. Ivy laughs that while Ann Getty may have flaunted a JAR pin with carefree confidence, she also had a shirt—worn JAR-less—that bragged i’m ivy’s gras well as alsomother over a blurry photo of her beloved gras well as alsodaughter. “I had the most abnormal thus farbringing in the coolest way possible,” Ivy, a visual artist as well as also model, insists. She describes almost nightly benefits as well as also dinner parties with a dazzling crowd of international luminaries in her gras well as alsomoms and dads’ Pacific Heights mansion, which kept her thus far while she was trying to get some sleep for school the next day, her gras well as alsofather singing opera in the courtyard.

It was, in fact, a coming of age like none other, with spur-of-the-moment visits to Paris runways (she recalls her gras well as alsomother picking her thus far from class as well as also saying, “Want to come to France tomorrow?”). But Ivy is also a scion of a clan with a deeply fraught history, as well as also she confesses that she has had, at different times in her life, a deep longing to be less extraordinary. “I used to put on Good Morning America every day,” she says. “I thought that was what a normal family would do.”

If her name has been on fashionable lips lately, it may be because of the media coverage surrounding her three-day wedding last November to photographer Tobias Engel. Ivy wore an haute couture creation by John Galliano for Maichild Margiela made of mirrors; her friend, the actor Anya Taylor-Joy, was her maid of honor; Nancy Pelosi officiated. She explains that it pertained to after a very tough year: In September 2020, her gras well as alsomother passed away; two months later, she lost her father. She muses that, in her mind, the fête was almost a way to honor the house itself—the place that had once rung with laughter as well as also soaring voices.

Today she is wearing a pair of Hermès trousers, an Hermès alligator belt, as well as also a Balmain jacket, all of which pertained to straight out of her gras well as alsomother’s encloset. “She always tried to get me to dress like her,” Ivy says, “as well as also now I’m wearing all her clothes, all of the time.” Over her shoulder is slung a rare Himalaya crocodile Dior saddle bag, as well as also she has capped all this lusciousness with a filmy Catherine Malas well as alsorino leopard top she found on The RealReal for $40. (The blouse is unable to conceal a number of tatas wells that are in the process of being erased. Her gras well as alsomother hated them. “A lot of people get tatas wells when someone passes away,” Ivy says. “For me, it’s the opposite.”)

Her late gras well as alsomother’s deep wardrobe notwithstas well as alsoing, Ivy is also an avid vintage-clothes collector, as well as also so we say going as welldbye to the JAR jewelry as well as also decide to explore another way of dressing thus far: by going toing out as well as also looking at points that belong to someone else’s gras well as alsomother, or mother—clothes with their own (much less intimidating) secret histories. At Screaming Mimi’s on West 14th Street, Ivy, who is 27 as well as also therefore born in 1994, shares that she is obsessed with the 1980s—she listens to Boy George, as well as also has never met a Pucci print or a baby doll dress she didn’t like. A Mugler jumpsuit from that era proves irresistible, what with shoulders that are not shy as well as also a scarf tie that can cradle the neck in any number of dashing ways.

ALL IN THE FAMILY Left Ann Getty at her house in San Francisco. Photographed by Horst P. Horst Vogue 1977. Right Ivy...

Left: Ann Getty at her house in San Francisco. Photographed by Horst P. Horst, Vogue, 1977. Right: Ivy Getty at her wedding last November.

Shopping bag in has well as also, we head to the heart of Chinatown to James Veloria, a shop known for its finely curated collection of serious labels. The elevated subway rattles above us so loudly we can barely hear ourselves, as well as also we are having some trouble actually finding the address until we spot someone trussed thus far in feathers as well as also Louboutins as well as also decide to follow this perchild, who indeed leads us to our destination. Ten minutes inside the door, Ivy starts for the fitting room with a pile that includes a stretchy Gaultier number photo-printed with a fuzzy face—Ivy thinks it’s Jim Morrichild—as well as also a black drop-​waisted Moschino dress. They both look great on her, as well as also since she sat next to Gaultier at the last Balmain show as well as also, frankly, fell in love with him, that one is a no-brainer. But she is not 100 percent sure about the Moschino. “I see myself in the English countryside wearing somepoint like this,” she fantasizes, “but I’m not planning to going to to the country anytime soon!” I ask her how much it costs, as well as also when she says one-fifty, I burst out: “Oh, Ivy—please, just get it!” So she fishes for her credit card in that Himalayan Dior as well as also buys the Moschino, a frock that in another lifetime, in another dream, might have provided the perfect backdrop for an emerald ivy JAR brooch. 

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