Bidsquare Cares at The MET

Apr 24,2015 | 17:37 EDT By Bidsquare

Mimi Favre knows more than a thing or two about jewelry. A fine jeweler who has worked the benches of some of NYC’s pre-eminent jewelry houses, Mimi won AGTA Spectrum 2015 platinum honors in the classical category for an elegant pair of tourmaline earrings.

So when Bidsquare offered a Jewelry Hunt at the Metropolitan Museum with lunch for four, as part of its Bidsquare Cares program, Mimi didn’t hesitate. Securing the prize with a winning bid, she lined up friends Holly Bauer and Kathleen Davidson and headed for The MET.

Mimi Favre and (left) her award-winning tourmaline earrings

For Mimi the day couldn’t have worked out better. Sarah Churgin, Director of Silver and Jewelry at Rago Arts and Auction, was their guide for the day. To Mimis great delight, Sarah brought along author and jewelry historian Janet Zapata as a surprise guest.

The girls picked up their guest passes, then wandered for hours through the Egyptian collections, the American wing, the French jewels and the Faberge exhibit. Stopping for a leisurely lunch at the Petrie Court Café, they rested their legs while looking out at the blossoming cherry and apple trees on the hill behind the museum.

Stunning jewelry from The METs world-renowned collections

Then it was off to hunt more treasure! A few hours in they stumbled across an upcoming exhibition - Sultans of Deccan India, 1500 -1700, Opulence and Fantasy, due to open April 20. The preview day was open only to members but happily, their passes got them in. For Mimi and her friends, it was icing on the cake of a wonderful day.

“We thoroughly enjoyed our day at the MET,” said Mimi. “Thanks to Sarah for making the Treasure Hunt such an enriching & fun experience.”

From left: Sarah Churgin, Janet Zapata and Mimi Favre

Bidsquare Cares is a charity auction of unique art experiences, conceived to raise money for Doctors Without Borders. Last year, over $16,000 was raised, with plans to repeat the program this year. For a look at the complete list of 2014 Bidsquare Cares auctions, head now to Bidsquare.