Much of the jewelry being made in the 80s was considered costume, designed using alternative materials like plastic, rubber, and faux pearls. However, fine jewelry makers were also following the zeitgeist of the time, designing similarly bold and colorful styles in precious stones and metals. The period is marked as one of opulence and optimism, and the fashions of the time certainly reflect that.
Freeman’s is pleased to present the collection of Stephanie “Sandy” Eglin, a Philadelphia business woman and philanthropist whose passion for fashion and jewelry helped her to amass a widely varied and beautiful assortment of pieces. Among them is a stunning suite of a choker necklace, bangle bracelet, and oval earrings, made magnificently of yellow gold, rubies, emeralds and diamonds. Replete with cabochon-shaped stones, the suite is a fine example of the elegantly striking and vibrant style of the 1980s.
Moreover, the collection includes a matching set of necklace and earrings, meticulously set with hundreds of rubies and diamonds and featuring a bold, repeating ‘X’ shaped pattern. Mrs. Eglin’s taste was refined and discerning, and her jewelry is both relevant to the time in which it was purchased, and simultaneously timeless.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, she enjoyed traveling and was a strong proponent of the arts. Following the death of her husband, Meyer Eglin, in 1974, she oversaw and controlled The Eglin Garages, a network of parking enterprises and real estate in her home city. In 1993, she was named Individual Philanthropist of the Year by the National Society of Fundraising Executives, and was also given the Humanitarian Award from the American Cancer Society.
Her philanthropic endeavors were geared generously towards the Arts and Sciences, and as an honorary member of the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Board of Trustees, the museum dedicated the Stephanie and Meyer Elgin Gallery in her honor in 1997.
Her generosity reached an impressive number of institutions in the Philadelphia area, including Thomas Jefferson Hospital and St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, as well as the Philadelphia Academy of Music, The Mann Music Center, The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Philadelphia Zoo.