Looking back upon my visit to Doyle & Doyle, it seems so magical and dreamlike–I have no doubt it is because of the ambiance of the shop and all the wonderful antique treasures inside. Doyle & Doyle has been one of my most beloved antique jewelry stores since I knew of its presence. This happened several years ago when Lucky magazine featured Doyle & Doyle in a four-page spread on estate jewelry, and the “secrets of the trade from two sisters whose business is unearthing fabulous old jewelry.” At the time, I was still a novice and only recently discovered eBay (back when you could score an amazing 14k gold ring for $40!!) and began learning about antique jewelry–this article was immediately torn out and went everywhere with me. I had read that spread so many times, I practically had it memorized! The article breaks down each time period of antique/estate jewelry, giving gorgeous examples from the Doyles’ inventory and a few other favorite shops. There is even a “where to shop” guide and “expert tips” all of which still stick with me today!
Since then, Doyle & Doyle has been a favorite online destination for me, always browsing their breathtaking new arrivals and enjoying their store blog. Their move from Lower East Side to the Meatpacking District last year had me wanting to visit more than ever, and I got my chance in early October–a perfect time of year to visit New York City. It was my first time ever in the Meatpacking District, and I fell in love with the cobblestone streets and upscale designer shops of the neighborhood. Doyle & Doyle fits right in with the area’s historic charm and stepping into the store is like walking into a secret jewelry lair of a noble princess. For a few minutes, I felt like that princess, as I got to play with some rings and enjoy the store in a hands-on way.
Each glass curio display housed neatly pinned necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings, all which had a placard which revealed what each item was, along with a price. I was pleasantly surprised to see prices on display and found it refreshingly awesome! Most jewelry stores hide tags, so asking an associate is necessary, but this strategy took a different approach and I love it! Elizabeth Doyle showed me around and highlighted some magnificent and special pieces. Then she tempted me by pulling some rings from the back, and one seemed as though it belonged to me, so I obviously obliged and gave it a home in my jewelry box! Can you guess which ring? It is one pictured above in the first ring picture!
If you get a chance to visit NYC, Doyle & Doyle is a must! Their website is amazing, as well…with most of the rings pictured above listed on their site, where you can purchase directly there. Make sure to read their blog, which is so fun, and follow on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter! I hope to visit again soon! 🙂