A $500 Million Night

$500 million in jewels on display at a River Oaks mansion, putting security on edge

$500 million in jewels on display at River Oaks manse, security tight

2 Ricardo and Martine Weitz, from left, and Sheridan and John Eddie Williams at the Zadok jewelry dinner October 2014
Ricardo and Martine Weitz, left, with Sheridan and John Eddie Williams. Photo by © Jacob Power
52 Emerald and ruby necklaces with diamonds at the Zadok jewelry dinner November 2014
Confections in emeralds, rubies and diamonds had the sophiticates in awe. Photo by © Jenny Antill
47 Ernie and Stephanie Cockrell, from left, and Trisha and David Dewhurst at the Zadok jewelry dinner October 2014
Ernie and Stephanie Cockrell, left, with Trisha and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst. Photo by © Jacob Power
17 Dror and Helene Zadok at the Zadok jewelry dinner October 2014
Dror and Helene Zadok. Photo by © Jacob Power
53 Observing the jewelry at the Zadok jewelry dinner November 2014
Mikimoto's Ruth Taft with Jonathan Zadok. Photo by © Jenny Antill
60 Dr. John Clemmons and Lora Clemmons, from left, and Karen and Mike Mayell at the Zadok jewelry dinner October 2014
Dr. John and Lora Clemmons, left, with Karen and Mike Mayell. Photo by © Jacob Power
47 Rings at the Zadok jewelry dinner November 2014
The 55-carat diamond, center, was an eye-stopper among the dazzling pieces. Photo by © Jenny Antill
23 Segev Zadok, from left, with Katie and A.J. Brass at the Zadok jewelry dinner October 2014
Segev Zadok, left, with Katie and A.J. Brass. Photo by © Jacob Power
52 Gilad and Lisa Zadok at the Zadok jewelry dinner October 2014
Gilad and Lisa Zadok. Photo by © Jacob Power
49 Pat Breen, left, and Margaret Alkek Williams at the Zadok jewelry dinner October 2014
Pat Breen, left, and Margaret Alkek Williams. Photo by © Jacob Power
14 Amy Zadok, left, and Michelle Zadok at the Zadok jewelry dinner October 2014
Amy Zadok, left, and Michelle Zadok. Photo by © Jacob Power
42 Diane Like Farb, from left, Dancie Ware and Janet Gurwitch at the Zadok jewelry dinner October 2014
Diane Lokey Farb, from left, Dancie Ware and Janet Gurwitch. Photo by © Jacob Power
6 Rufus and Yvonne Cormier at the Zadok jewelry dinner October 2014
Rufus and Yvonne Cormier. Photo by © Jacob Power
51 Laura Sweeney, from left, Vestita Kuntz, Vesta Kuntz and Hallie Kuntz Daugherty at the Zadok jewelry dinner October 2014
Laura Sweeney, from left, Vestita Kuntz, Vesta Kuntz and Hallie Kuntz Daugherty. Photo by © Jacob Power
7 Pat Breen, from left, Mike Linn, Janet Gurwitch and Carol Linn at the Zadok jewelry dinner October 2014
Pat Breen, from left, Mike Linn, Janet Gurwitch and Carol Linn. Photo by © Jacob Power
61 Sapphire and diamond jewelry at the Zadok Jewelry dinner November 2014
Make mine sapphires! Photo by © Jenny Antill
122 The display gallery at the Zadok jewelry dinner November 2014
The gallery where the vitrines held half a billion in fine jewelry. Photo by © Jenny Antill
2 Ricardo and Martine Weitz, from left, and Sheridan and John Eddie Williams at the Zadok jewelry dinner October 2014
52 Emerald and ruby necklaces with diamonds at the Zadok jewelry dinner November 2014
47 Ernie and Stephanie Cockrell, from left, and Trisha and David Dewhurst at the Zadok jewelry dinner October 2014
17 Dror and Helene Zadok at the Zadok jewelry dinner October 2014
53 Observing the jewelry at the Zadok jewelry dinner November 2014
60 Dr. John Clemmons and Lora Clemmons, from left, and Karen and Mike Mayell at the Zadok jewelry dinner October 2014
47 Rings at the Zadok jewelry dinner November 2014
23 Segev Zadok, from left, with Katie and A.J. Brass at the Zadok jewelry dinner October 2014
52 Gilad and Lisa Zadok at the Zadok jewelry dinner October 2014
49 Pat Breen, left, and Margaret Alkek Williams at the Zadok jewelry dinner October 2014
14 Amy Zadok, left, and Michelle Zadok at the Zadok jewelry dinner October 2014
42 Diane Like Farb, from left, Dancie Ware and Janet Gurwitch at the Zadok jewelry dinner October 2014
6 Rufus and Yvonne Cormier at the Zadok jewelry dinner October 2014
51 Laura Sweeney, from left, Vestita Kuntz, Vesta Kuntz and Hallie Kuntz Daugherty at the Zadok jewelry dinner October 2014
7 Pat Breen, from left, Mike Linn, Janet Gurwitch and Carol Linn at the Zadok jewelry dinner October 2014
61 Sapphire and diamond jewelry at the Zadok Jewelry dinner November 2014
122 The display gallery at the Zadok jewelry dinner November 2014

Never, ever in Houston, maybe never in the modern world, has there been under one roof a beyond-dazzling collection of purchasable jewelry totaling half a billion dollars. Yes, that was a "b" and the collection was yours for the taking (that is if you are a regular on Forbes' richest list) at a swank dinner evening last week.

Only those among Zadok Jewelers' best customers and a few close and qualifying friends of hosts Sheridan and John Eddie Williams were invited to this most amazing jewelry-infused evening. Think a 50-carat diamond ring, sapphire and diamond earrings for $250,000 and vitrines magnificently outfitted in pink diamonds, canary diamonds, emeralds, rubies and gargantuan pearls.

The Zadok family dubbed the evening the Vault Party and with the holidays just around the corner what better time to pull out the major rocks as well as fly special pieces in from around the world. The exhibition of 102 pieces took six months to assemble and coordinate the exacting details and as Jonathan Zadok said, "took seven generations of relationships and knowledge in order to really be able to put something together like this. It's not a simple fete." The pieces were assembled from the Zadok collection and from partners across the globe.

 The Zadok family dubbed the evening the Vault Party and with the holidays just around the corner what better time to pull out the major rocks. 

The family was fully represented, Helene and Dror Zadok visiting with special guests and their sons, Jonathan, Segev and Gilad working their magic through the gathering. It didn't hurt that their beautiful wives Amy, Michelle and Lisa, respectively were resplendent in jewelry beautiful enough for Kate Middleton's Christmas stocking.

"I don't think that in the world other than a museum exhibition would there be an exhibit of such rare items, so many rare items in one place," Jonathan Zadok said adding, "I think it's a testament to Houston to be able to have an exhibit like this, to have it in Houston."

Indeed, some of the pieces were so extraordinary that we can't even mention them. But we can talk about the rare blue diamonds (more than a dozen), to-die-for suites rubies, and the ultra-special vivid emerald-cut diamond weighing in at 20 carats.

The Williams' lavish European-style home was the perfect setting for the Vault Party as the vitrines were spaced along the vast colonnade and the buffet dinner by Elizabeth Swift was served on the terrace, the weather perfection for outdoor dining.

Perusing the incredible collection were Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Tricia, Diane Lokey Farb, Stephanie and Ernie Cockrell, Carol and Mike Linn, Janet Gurwitch, Dancie Ware, Lora and Dr. John Clemmons, Karen and Mike Mayell, Yvonne and Rufus Cormier Martine and Ricardo Weitz, and Minnie and Will Baird.

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