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GEM OF A SALE SHOULD HELP PLANT PLENTY OF TREES

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Like any muse, Marina Schiano spent years of her life with the designer she helped inspire, draped and decorated by his work.

But Schiano, who is the creative style director of Vanity Fair, recently bought a house in Brazil, and it needed new coconut trees. So she decided to edit her own vast collection of Yves Saint Laurent costume jewelry, and she put some up for auction at William Doyle Galleries in April.Schiano spent 11 years at Yves Saint Laurent, as executive vice president, and her collection was assembled from 1971 to 1982.

Caroline Rennolds Milbank, a fashion historian who consulted with Schiano on the William Doyle sale, said: "A lot of fashion designers design jewelry that accessorizes clothes, but Yves Saint Laurent designs jewelry in the same vein as he designs the clothes. Each piece is a micro-organism of a collection."

Schiano photographed the pieces before she sent them away. "You feel, for five minutes, sad, because of the separation," she said. "Life goes on, and you replace those things with other things."