Since 2008, Emily Satloff, Larkspur & Hawk’s founder, has married antique inspirations with a thoroughly modern sensibility, designing jewels with a timeless beauty. A lifelong scholar of art and design, Emily’s graduate studies in the history of decorative arts at both Sotheby’s and the Cooper-Hewitt led to her to museum curatorial work. Working in this field gave Emily an intimate knowledge of and deep appreciation for historical objects, spanning a breadth of periods and media only available in a museum setting.
I grew up surrounded by antiques; they were very much a part of my childhood. My mother always collected Americana and folk art, so I went to many antique shows and auction houses. That was the beginning of my passion for art and for objects that have a story and history.
Through her work with antiques, Emily developed an avid interest in jewelry. She began to build her own collection of esoteric jewels from the past, items such as cut-steel, jet, and paste. “It was endlessly exciting to me because researching jewelry was really no different from the research I conducted for museums, with the added perk of being able to wear a piece of history!” It didn’t take long for people to start taking note of Emily’s collection, enquiring where they could find such treasures. Soon enough, the first iteration of Larkspur & Hawk was born, with Emily dealing a range of antique jewelry that bore her singular taste for oft-overlooked art from bygone eras.
Emily quickly cultivated a passion for the foiled jewelry of the Georgian era. Smitten with Georgian jewelry’s romantic origins and subtle sparkle, Emily delved into researching the lost art of foiling.
I am attracted to the high-low quality of Georgian jewelry; it can surely be elegant, but it’s often understated. There’s something extremely compelling about jewelry that can be both casual and precious.
A burning curiosity to try out her own designs led Emily to launch her own fully-fledged collection of modern foiled jewelry, a technique that remains one of the brand’s signatures. “With satisfaction,” she says, “I transitioned from the role of vetting and authenticating jewelry that existed before me, to the role of designer, creating jewelry that synthesized my decades of work, studies, and love of antiques.” After resurrecting the radiance of Georgian jewelry in modern foiled-jewelry designs, Emily began drawing on other forgotten styles of the past. From contemporary Carriage Covers to the new Illustrated range of intricately embellished jewels and home furnishings, Larkspur & Hawk’s designs employ numerous historical jewelry and decorative arts traditions.
In addition to a core range of classics, Emily designs two to three new collections annually. Each of Larkspur & Hawk’s collections is a very personal distillation of her extraordinarily diverse interests. “Sometimes inspiration comes from a 200-year-old pair of earrings, a Vienna Secessionist painting, a 19thcentury doorknob, a turquoise sea, the colors of spring peonies, or even an early American crazy quilt.” Her unique eye for style, reflected in all of her designs, has made Larkspur & Hawk a perennial favorite of the world’s most discerning women, frequently making appearances on and off the red carpet and in the pages of leading fashion magazines.
Emily works out of her design showroom in Manhattan’s NoHo neighborhood and currently resides on the Upper East Side with her husband, two sons, and two Maine Coon rescue cats, Clementine and Mojo.