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Entries in broken english (10)

Broken English Opens New Store in New York City

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New York City just got cooler.  With Broken English opening up a store in New York City's own Soho neighborhood, owner Laura Freedman adds a bit of west coast chill with a dash of gemstone sparkle to this area, and everyone is excited.  Known for her impeccable taste and her LA store, which opened back in 2006, the timing was right to finally make the commitment of being bi-coastal.  

“I knew I wanted to be in Soho,” she recalls, “with the cobblestones and the neighborhood feel and the brands that are already there. I wanted a luxury environment that was still welcoming.” 

The shop is located at 56 Crosby Street, behind AllSaints' current location, occupying 500 square-feet of lush jewelry heaven!  With an ambiance made up of gemstone specimens, brass and marble vintage jewelry displays and antique Chesterfield chairs, the space doesn't hold back from perfection.  

“There isn’t another stand-alone jewelry store that represents this level of designers. It’s really something fresh for New York. I see this as an opportunity to bring these creative people into the lives of those who appreciate this work.”  

An eclectic mix of over 50 contemporary designers each can call Broken English "home" which is what Laura wants each of her customers to feel like upon entering.  

“I think that’s what’s so disarming about Broken English,” she notes. “You feel like you’re coming into someone’s living room and they’re showing you all their special things.” 

Not only does Broken English carry some of my favorite jewelry designers, like Anita Ko, Deborah Pagani, Michelle Fantaci, but also lots of vintage and estate pieces.  Anything from a 1940s curb link bracelet that is totally retro, to a Victorian engraved locket ready to be treasured for many more years to come!  Whether I'm in NYC or LA, I must stop by Broken English--two coasts, one amazing store!


Above four pieces, available at Broken English:


Vine Hoop Earrings in 18k gold and diamonds, by Jamie Wolf, Price: $5500


Three Stack ring in 18k gold and black diamonds, by THIRTEEN31, Price: $6000


Button earrings set with spinel, labradorite, white sapphire & aquamarine, by Nak Armstrong, Price: $1530


Endless Knot ring set in 18k gold and diamonds, by C Greene, Price: $9000


Favorite Instagram Pictures: Early 2013

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vintageandmodern an elegant chandelier captured here

beppecallegari photographing a ring from their collection

parkerkennedyliving snapshot of this peacock feather painting

theshangrilajewelryboutique who made this awesome shape out of crystals

workhorsejewels compiling memories of antique shopping in Paris

astleyclarke wearing some "lucky in love" arm party bracelets

alexandramornyc feature in Vogue Germany, so beautiful, so proud!

londonjewelers featuring this VanCleef watch which I am in love with

broken_english and some "diamond wrist junk" 

cincyvintagetrader a portrait of Queen Charlotte by Thomas Frye

zoechiccojewelry was in Birmingham and I missed the trunk show! :(

songofstyle and a pretty closet shot

farahkhanali wearing a rediculous diamond and emerald drape necklace

levi_h took this picture at the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum}

Antique & Modern Motif: The Snake


I will be forever obsessed with snake motif jewelry--both antique and modern. The snake has been charming jewelry boxes since the Victorian Era and has been said to symbolize eternity, everlasting love, life and protection. Not sure exactly why snake jewelry fascinates me; if I were to see a snake in real life I would most likely scream bloody murder. But for any reason, the snake is here to stay! Here are my favorite snake jewels: 070927_601_BE_JLGPHOTO_0 Modern marvel: the two-finger ring. This one is designed by Colette and features a coiled snake with diamonds in 18k yellow gold. From Broken English, Price: $4,835


A 14k yellow gold snake who hold a rock crystal ball makes a great pendant. This one is vintage and from The Three Graces, Price: $1,950

m408234602 Victorian natural pearl and snake ring in 14k yellow gold. This ring is from A. Brandt & Son, Price: $3495 final_004_450 This sparkler of a ring is 18k rose gold with diamonds and emerald eyes, designed by Julia Cohen. Available at Broken English, Price: $12,000

Triple V Knuckle Ring by Julia Cohen


I think I may have just canceled the house I just bought in the likes of this. The outrageous Triple V Knuckle ring by Julia Cohen, available at Broken English. Price: $10k Comes in any metal.

Style Inspiration: Layering Necklaces

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Who else is caught in this heat wave?! We haven't dropped below 90 degrees since Memorial Day and it sure has been putting a damper on so many things--including my jewelry choices. Rings and bracelets feel too hot to wear and wearing nothing but a necklace doesn't seem too special.  Layering simple necklaces in a unique way is perfect for hot summer days without overdoing it.  The above inspiration photo is exactly what I am thinking--a very short, simple gold chain necklace, a slightly longer 18-20" necklace with a spherical detail, and finally a very long chain with a long, sweeping pendant.  Here are three choice pieces that will give you this look:


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This simple 16" necklace has just enough of a casual look to be perfect for our inspiration. Designed by Ginette NY, an ID bar hangs from the chain and hangs close to your neck, all done in 14k yellow gold. Price: $275 and can be purchased at Eliza Page. arielgordon

Ariel Gordon's disco queen necklace is the perfect match for our inspiration look. The disco ball is set with 18 diamonds, all done in 14k yellow gold. Price: $850. Shout out to designer Ariel who is getting married in a couple weeks!!


This long, swinging necklace features a round rutilated quartz hugged by diamonds. The necklace is done in 18k yellow gold and is designed by Brooke Gregson. A very interesting design priced at $3550 from Broken English.