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Gem Gossip Visits Greenwich St. Jewelers in NYC

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Family jewels: sisters Christina and Jennifer, owners of Greenwich St. Jewelers

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Greenwich St. Jewelers loves their Beverley K. Collection--perfect if you love an antique look but want something brand new

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The Greenwich St. Jewelers storefront, in the heart of the financial district in NYC

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Wearing all Single Stone rings, how amazing are these?!

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Todd Reed's designs mix metals with rough/raw diamonds 

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All of these bands are by Single Stone...I can see anniversary gifts written all over these!

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Getting a tour of the cases, they are organized by designer.

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A multi-color party of Polly Wales, who is a favorite at Greenwich St. Jewelers

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Another look at the Single Stone rings available

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A peek into the Arik Kastan section of the jewelry cases.

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Halo lovers rejoice! Greenwich St. Jewelers has the best ones, from DanHov Jewelry

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Rebecca Overmann rings also call Greenwich St. Jewelers home

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Your view as you walk into the door!

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Pretty, delicate layers from Jennie Kwon Designs

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Some colored stone action from Beverley K. Collection

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Engagement ring bliss from Sylvie Collection

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Wearing this diamond crescent moon necklace and earrings by Jade Trau.

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Newly added Erika Winters bridal line has been a perfect addition to Greenwich St. Jewelers.

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Greenwich St. Jewelers' own collection of stunning rings

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Here's a more up close photo of them, all by Greenwich St. Jewelers

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Wearing Todd Reed--love the two necklaces

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Classic with a twist, Jade Trau's bridal line is what every NY girl covets

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Jamie Joseph a cult favorite calls Greenwich St. Jewelers home

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From one Seattle-based designer to the next, Sholdt creates some forever gorgeous wedding rings, like these.

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The full Jennie Kwon Designs look--sometimes you have to wear it all!

My NYC jewel fest was taken downtown, to the financial district to be exact, where Greenwich St. Jewelers has been keeping the city sparkly since 1976.  The evolved version of what the store was and where it began has become the new Greenwich St. Jewelers, all the while staying true to its passion and commitment to fine jewelry. The family-run store is definitively THE place to shop at for all your wedding jewelry needs, whether you are looking for an engagement ring or wedding band. I got to experience both aspects of the store (wedding jewelry and everyday jewelry) and excited to share what I found with you!

Visiting Greenwich St. Jewelers has been a long time coming! Co-owners and sisters, Christina and Jennifer, have always been so good to me with their support and being trail blazers with trying out new ideas with a jewelry blogger like myself, even when I had a few followers.  They gave me the opportunity to curate fall favorites back in 2013, sent me jewels to play with even before "Jewels at my Doorstep" was officially a concept, and even invited me out to NYC to attend a Todd Reed trunk show (which I had to decline only because I was closing on buying my first house and had thoughts of skipping out on it just so I could visit them lol). It is safe to say we've both come a long way and this visit was that much more fun because I had been mentally preparing for it for years! Ha! 

Walking into Greenwich St. Jewelers, an immediate warmth and comfort comes over you. The store itself is inviting and so is the entire staff. I was surprised by how curated their inventory is--every jewelry line had a purpose, a reason, for being present and available, and everything was on-point. It was like someone created a jewelry tutorial on how to achieve the best jewelry look, and took everything needed and placed it in Greenwich St. Jewelers!  They've got their basics covered: stud earrings, tennis bracelets, lots of everyday diamond jewelry. Then, you've got some fun and trendy collections, like Jennie Kwon, Zoe Chicco, Getana, and a few others. Do you love colorful gems and handcrafted, unique designs? They've chosen some of the best out there: Polly Wales, Arik Kastan, Jane Taylor, and Jamie Joseph. And we can't stop there, the most important part: wedding day jewels like engagement rings, wedding bands and the related, all cream of the crop designers including their very own rings designed by themselves are available. You can't get much better than that! Have you ever visited a jewelry store and thought to yourself--wow, everything is so good?! There's not one thing I wouldn't love. 

Let's break down the bridal jewelry options that are available from Greenwich St. Jewelers (most are photographed above, just check out the captions, along with their links to learn more). You'll notice their inventory is expertly curated to include the best classic, modern, vintage-inspired and alternative bridal styles. If you still can't find what you had in mind, they also have an on-site custom design service that will bring you through the design process from beginning to completion. All diamonds and gemstones are responsibly sourced and if you've inherited a family heirloom diamond and want it reset, they specialize in that too! Their on staff gemologists will even appraise and grade your diamond.

Beverley K. Collection: if you love a vintage or antique inspired engagement ring, but want the ring's story to begin with you, brand new, then Beverley K. is perfect for you! Their line takes femininity and makes it into a ring. They also make some really amazing right hand rings that I think would make great alternative bridal pieces. No wedding band necessary!

Danhov: So many classics from Danhov, polished to perfection, and sparkling with every diamond, facet or curve. I loved the swirl designs, where the center stone sits atop of a swirl of pave. If you're obsessing over a halo style, I suggest you come to Greenwich St. Jewelers and try on their Danhov halos! You'll want them all!

Erika Winters: The newest addition to the Greenwich St. lineup, Erika Winters offers wedding bands and engagement rings that will make everyone stop and stare! Her signature Thea design is an incredible choice. Matte gold or shall I call it, "brushed" finish, whether its rose, white or yellow gold, makes these designs stand out. You have to see these in person!

Greenwich St. Ceremony: Years of experience having a jewelry store has led Greenwich St. Jewelers to create their own line, taking classics and making them look effortless and gorgeous. Eternity bands with major sparkle is their specialty. 

Jade Trau: Wedding and engagement rings that can stack and fit together like a puzzle?! That's definitely what Jade Trau has done with her designs, along with some classics and beautiful bands. Pear shapes set on an angle, round brilliants popping up by the band...the options are really cool! And coming from a family in the diamond industry, her standards are set pretty high for what she sets into her jewels.

Megan Thorne: Like artwork, Megan Thorne's engagement ring designs frame the central diamond with a setting done in a Victorian-inspired way. Other designs are lacey, while others show off her take on classics. You'll find something special with this line, that's for sure.

Rebecca Overmann: Natural forms, subtle hues and rustic diamonds depict the style of Rececca Overmann's bridal line. Lots of great alternative bridal choices, including classics her way. Her bands complement so many styles as well, and yes she makes bands for men too!

Sholdt: Bezel settings, classic four-prongs, clean lines...that's totally Sholdt. Love the different finishes, like the ribbed bands, called the "fern finish." The heavy, half bezel setting is a great one too! You must see the full line up!

Single Stone: Many of the designs from Single Stone are true replicas of vintage and antique pieces. Another fun fact is that they use antique diamonds in their designs, that means Old Mine cuts, Rose cuts, and Old European cut diamonds! You will surely fall in love with their work.

Sylvie Collection: With over 1400 engagement ring styles, the work of Sylvie Collection spans multiple looks and styles. Dainty, yet bold...classic, yet unique. You can set your family heirloom in one of her designs or have Greenwich St. Jewelers find you one with the specs you desire!



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Gem Gossip Visits Fox's Seattle in Seattle, WA

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Gurhan 24k gold necklace, Rings by Todd Reed, Atelier Zobel, Arman Lotus Shield ring, Arman wide hammered ring with black diamonds

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All rings by SUWA

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One-of-a-kind fire opal + Tahitian pearl pendant necklace by Mikimoto

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Rough diamond Octahedron pendants by SUWA, platinum & yellow gold

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Sethi Couture necklaces: diamond bar necklace, fan necklace , rings by Alex Sepkus

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The history behind the next stop on my Seattle #JewelryRoadTrip is quite fascinating. Just a block away from Hotel Vintage where we were staying, the walk to Fox's Seattle was easy and beautiful.  Upon entering the shop I knew it was unlike any other place I've been to before.

Open since 1912, the same year the Titanic sank, US suffragettes paraded NYC, and Arizona & New Mexico were admitted into the US as official states, Fox's opened its doors to the public. The shop sold mostly gems, little knick knacks, and some jewelry, taking a chance at this fortuitous business. It was unfortunately struggling and needed to be sold. It was then purchased by Sid Thal in 1948, keeping its name Fox's Gem Shop only because the new owners couldn't afford to paint over the sign.

The store grew over time, eventually becoming the leading retailer in fine jewelry, but had always been a labor of love for Sid Thal and his wife. Sid apparently was quite the character! Known around town in the social scene and iconic for driving around a Classic Austin "London Cab" and sporting a British bowler hat. These attributes were later used to help market the jewelry store. Their daughter, Joy Thal joined the family business in 1975, along with her artistic husband Chai Mann, and have been at it ever since! It was such an honor to meet the pair during my visit.  They have a discerning eye when it comes to jewelry as well as being able to articulately create a luxurious space for said jewelry.

I spent most of my time while visiting Fox's with Chai & Joy's daughter Zoey who officially began working at the store in 2003, where her stint was only supposed to be temporary, but she obviously fell in love with everything about the jewelry world. She was named President in 2013. Most recently Fox's changed their name from Fox's Gem Shop to Fox's Seattle and moved locations to where it situates today, just outside The Fairmount Olympic Hotel. Calling the store beautiful is quite the understatement. My visit lined up well with the unveiling of their newly launched Todd Reed boutique, the only jewelry store to have a mini boutique consisting of Todd Reed anywhere else!  

Fox's Seattle is quite proud of the designers they feature, as they are invested in them emotionally, which radiates through and through! They have been a huge fan and supporter of Alex Sepkus and his work, carrying his jewelry for over 25 years! Fox's loves Alex Sepkus' one-of-a-kind pieces and they make certain they get dibs on his very best. I was enchanted by their selection of his pieces--I had to create a cool stack incorporating his work. Fox's taught me that every piece is finished by hand under a microscope!

I love learning about new designers--the longer I'm in this industry, the less I am actually already familiar with, so finding someone new is exhilarating! Enter SUWA, a Japanese jewelry company known for their precision when setting stones. They follow the facet pattern on every gem to position it in exact alignment with its neighbor. I loved their rough diamond octahedron pendants and totally want one! They do some incredible things with rough diamonds as well as faceted.

Mixing Fox's designer repertoire was seamless--case in point: my stack featuring Todd Reed, Atelier Zobel, and Arman. Big names, bold looks. Like jewelry a little more on the dainty side? Fox's Seattle has you covered too!  A favorite designer, Sethi Couture bring on the layer-ready delights, each meant to be passed down through generations. Their selection of Gurhan Jewelry is also quite top notch. I died a little over the 24k yellow gold spike necklace.  I'm sure it has a legitimate name, but I'm going to call it the spike necklace!

Thanks everyone at Fox's Seattle for welcoming me into your gorgeous store! It was so great meeting everyone and sharing your passion for a few hours...I can see why you are so proud of the legacy of this store and it will no doubt flourish for years to come! If you're in the Seattle area, be sure to stop by, you won't want to miss it!

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Exclusive Todd Reed Q & A from Marissa Collections

TR-Oct2013-EnviroPortraits-0035-Edit Excited to bring you an exclusive interview with Todd Reed from Marissa Collections, the ultimate shopping destination for fine jewelry and designer clothing. It is a double helping of back-to-back Todd Reed!! (Yesterday's Jewels at my Doorstep feature.)

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Throughout his career spanning a quarter century, Todd Reed has leapt from the craft-show circuit to the fine jewelry case. We caught up with him at his studio in Boulder, Colo., about how he champions personalized pieces and was able to make people think differently about diamonds.     

You come from a highly creative family. What are their fields?  

My mom’s a multidisciplinary artist from sculpture to cartoons, and dad built wood boats in the old craft tradition. My maternal grandparents painted, and my other grandma designed floral arrangements as works of art—she was the one who taught me how to make something out of nothing.

Where did you grow up, and why did you choose to make Boulder your home and headquarters?

I was born in North Carolina, and moved around a lot from eastern Maryland to Phoenix to remote Durango, where I lived 17 years. A romantic relationship and proximity to a major airport eventually brought me to Boulder. 

 How does living there affect your designs?

It’s very integrative. You can’t help but soak up the city’s beautiful natural landscape and outdoor lifestyle even if you aren’t the hiking and canoeing type. There’s also an organic, entrepreneurial spirit here versus a big business mind-set from microbrews to fine jewelry.

You’re recognized for pioneering raw diamonds in the late Eighties. How has the jewelry scene evolved?

My niche was considered art instead of jewelry into the Nineties, so I showed at craft shows rather than stores. Upscale departments stores started carrying craft jewelry made with materials like ceramic and wood, but they kept it separate from the fine assortment. Today my pieces are shown in the fine section as luxury has quieted and transitioned into items that are unique, personal and truly well made. Fine jewelry mirrors what’s going on in fashion and art that people want to make an individual statement. 


When was your aha! moment to incorporate raw diamonds?

During geology class in high school, we studied rock crystals and I fell in love with their shapes, texture and sparkle. I liked how a diamond left just as it’s found in nature can dictate the architecture of a piece of jewelry. In 1994, I met one of the top collectors of raw diamonds who also loved these gems for their unique qualities over any monetary value. Early in my career, I sold 75 rings in one day at a craft show in Michigan, and knew I’d found my niche. Now they’ve become my trademark and appear on every piece even if a tiny stone on the side.       

Where do you source them?

I bought my mentor’s lifelong stash before he died, and I work with one dealer who searches parcels every day for our specifications. 

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Has the traditional marketing of diamonds been a challenge? 

So much emphasis has been placed on the perfect cut and rules like how much of a man’s income should go toward an engagement ring. People laughed when I struck a chord with customers who see imperfection as a positive metaphor, yet now all the big players in the diamond business are jumping on board. Raw diamonds are the perfect voice for contrarian luxury.    

What are your other signatures?

Our fabrication style and quality since every piece from a simple band to an architectural brooch is handmade without using molds even if it takes 1,000 hours. Rather than only the stones being the star, our mountings are overstated and opulent. They angle and taper for architectural integrity and really are integral to the overall design. We specialize in custom looks, which account for 60 percent of our business.  

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How about materials?

My favorite is recycled yellow gold because it’s royal, elegant and can be masculine or feminine. We’re also known for developing alloys whose patina stays due to heat rather than chemical treatments. For example, our palladium silver keeps its dark hue if someone wants a cool piece of black jewelry. Black jewelry has grown in popularity. I prefer black silver to black rhodium. We also use a ton of colored gems. Lately I’m into pink and red tones of garnets, sapphires and tourmalines for their luscious, sexy traits, as well as gray and silver diamonds for their watery effect.   

What styles and materials are you introducing for 2014?  

I’m using leather and three colors of jade, black, green and white, for a men’s collection of belts, buckles and bold chain-link necklaces.    

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How many jewelers are on your team, and are pieces made by one or many?

One of 20 jewelers makes the entire piece beginning with pouring gold in the morning. That way there’s no disconnect. Each has his strengths, too, and is assigned projects accordingly. 

Many people don’t know you attended culinary school and have a passion for pastry. Do you still have time to bake?

Every Thanksgiving we close our studio for a week and the team bakes thousands of sweets to distribute to clients and homeless people. I’m also curating a food as art experience at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art.       



Are you working on other collaborations? 

With a group of architects for the Denver Art Museum, I’m creating a sculpture of black concrete and gold foil that opens to reveal a magical interior like a geode. 


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Jewels at my Doorstep: Todd Reed Jewelry #LoveGold

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Todd Reed Jewelry has fascinated me since my second blog post when Gem Gossip was first created.  My lengthy admiration came up short because I never got the chance to see his work in person.  When these jewels arrived at my doorstep, I was blown away.

My immediate inspiration came from the raw cube diamonds and the matte 18k yellow gold.  An appropriate tag line of "raw elegance" truly describes his aesthetic.  So what did "raw elegance" mean to me, in a photo?  My take started with an aspect of myself usually kept unseen, unexposed by the general public--wet, just-out-of-the-shower hair.  Most people don't leave the house with wet hair. It gives you a vulnerable and raw feeling--perfect for the shoot.  The elegance aspect was easy to add; some makeup. With a white backdrop and no-frills bustier left unseen in the photos, less proved to be more, especially after adding all the jewelry!  The warmth of the 18k yellow gold stood out against the cold, wet aura of the scene.

After getting some one-on-one time with a photo session of the jewels themselves, I understood the allure of the raw and rose cut diamonds.  From the fancy colors to the unique sparkle--it was hard to send these babies back to Colorado, to Todd's studio, a studio known for its unique vibe.  Todd Reed collectors venture from all parts of the globe to visit and sometimes even design a one-of-a-kind piece!  I can't wait to get a chance to visit someday!

Jewelry Details:

18k yellow gold red square diamonds, with cubes, brilliants and princess cut diamonds, Price: $22,000

18k yellow gold eternity band set with fancy rose cut diamonds, Price: $10,890

18k yellow gold bangle bracelet set with black brilliant cut diamonds down the center, Price: $17,600

18k yellow gold bangle bracelet set with white brilliant cut diamonds down the center, Price: $20,460

18k yellow gold wide tapered band, set with white brilliant cut diamonds, Price: $9,900

18k yellow gold tapered band, set with black brilliant cut diamonds, Price: $6,160

18k yellow gold trio of bands one set with black brilliants, one with white brilliants and one with cubes, Price: $8,305 for all


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Nora Kogan wearing some of her signature rings, including enamel eyes

Jack Vartanian has a new collection which includes these Galaxy rings

Minnon Made has some awesomely unique pieces

Roseark showing off some of their best-selling designer pieces, including Crow's Nest jewels

Beppe Callegari with a sneak peek at some of his new designs--tender hearts

Instagrammer icecreamcandy wearing an impeccable stack!

Mociun featuring wwake very minimalist and inspiring ring designs

Instagrammer juliapriore wearing some Todd Reed raw diamond rings

Suzanne Kalan jewelry was the first designer jewelry I've ever touched, love her designs}