Walking into the impeccably curated shop, De Vera, in New York is like walking into a museum filled with the most exquisite treasures from bygone eras that you’ve never seen before. Federico De Vera, the owner and brains behind this gem has spent years collecting beautiful objects and jewelry and opened up shop to sell his wares in San Francisco in 1991, only to shut its doors a few years later. Fast forward to 2003 and a location was opened in NYC on Crosby Street in Soho, and more recently a second location Uptown. Rare textiles, perfume pots, ancient Japanese incense burners, 17th century reliquary cases and coral specimens are carefully arranged alongside precious jewelry, some reworked with fragments of stones, diamonds, etc. It is, without a doubt, one of my top 3 favorite stores in the world so it made sense that I purchased one of De Vera’s books, Objects, when I was in New York last month. It’s pricey, but I promise it’s worth every penny. Not only is it filled with gorgeous photos of objects from the store, but it also contains a Catalog section with descriptions of the objects and the history of each. Below, a few photos from Objects. And to read a great NYT article about De Vera, click here.