My Pennsylvania Jewelry Road Trip continues in Philadelphia, this time just outside the city in one of the quaintest areas I’ve ever visited–Narberth, PA. The tree-lined streets and family-friendly neighborhoods encourage a good mood, no matter how you feel! In the heart of The Main Line sits A.Brandt + Son situated on a historic street, filled with cute shops and restaurants. If you’re an antique jewelry lover and are looking for a weekend getaway, some place relaxing and quiet, I recommend staying in the area and visiting A.Brandt + Son! You can spend an entire day looking at their main cases of fine jewelry–trying things on, looking at each piece, before settling on what you decide to bring home with you. Then you can have the rest of the trip to walk around the area, visit the other shops and eat at some really good restaurants. Win-win.
My visit to A.Brandt + Son had been a long time coming! I’ve been dying to see the store in person since I wrote about them back in April of 2010. I walked into the store like a kid in a candy shop. Of course, I didn’t waste time pointing out and trying on my virtual favorites–pieces I’ve seen online but only dreamt of trying on in real life. The carved intaglio emerald ring was an astonishing winner in that category, followed by all of their moonstone rings. The lonzenge shaped kunzite with contrasting enamel-work quickly became a favorite of mine–and yes, I am still dreaming about it. The turquoise festoon necklace totally stood-out to me–it is one of those pieces that come to life when you try them on. It lays beautifully on the neck and I felt amazing in it. Of course I had to coordinate some matching turquoise rings and a Victorian bracelet to top the look off. By far, one of the most impressive antique engagement ring selections I’ve seen, and definitely the best in Philly.
It was such a pleasure meeting Elan, he puts the “Son” in A.Brandt + Son. He joined his mother who started selling jewelry back in the 80s, first beginning at flea markets and then moving on to a few women’s high fashion stores. It was only until 2003 when A.Brandt + Son first opened their doors, where it began actually right across the street from their current location. Elan was ready to move on from his corporate job as a recruiter and step into the wonderful world of antique jewelry. Since the store has opened, they have been named Best Antique Jewelry in the Best in Main Line awards year after year. They also boast over 2k followers on Instagram, myself being one of them, eagerly awaiting each post as social media is our first-look at new arrivals.
Thanks everyone at A.Brandt + Son for being so wonderful and showing me your lovely store! Special thanks to Sarah, Lianne, Bonnie and Elan.
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