Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin, great-great granddaughter of William K. Vanderbilt II, spent a day at his Eagle’s Nest mansion in Centerport recently, shooting a video for her new jewelry collection.
“I wanted to pay tribute to the marvelous Vanderbilt jewelry of the past century by recreating pieces that reflect the timeless elegance of the Gilded Age,” she said in a recent interview with 25A, a Long Island magazine.
“The Duchess of Marlboro, her distant relative, was known for wearing only a single strand of pearls up until the day she was married, and that became a family tradition where Consuelo and all of her sisters inherited similar strands. ‘To be able to put visuals to the pieces—to see pictures of mom wearing pearls—really brought everything to life,’ says the rebel heiress intent on creating designs that will honor her esteemed heritage. ‘The entire process was a great experience.’ The collection of pearl and diamond jewelry, a synthesis of old and modern, will be called Homage and will debut on HSN [Home Shopping Network] this fall.”