I’ve come to know The Clay Pot as a cool spot in Brooklyn (and now Nolita as well) where hip, young brides go for their wedding rings and where unique jewelry designers are featured, serving up a generous portion of awesomeness for customers who walk through the door. What I didn’t know was that this store has been around since 1969! Yes it’s true, current owner Tara Silberberg’s parents first opened The Clay Pot to sell her mom’s beautiful pottery creations–no jewelry in sight. It wasn’t until 1989 when Tara’s father came up with a long-shot plan of featuring wedding bands in a gallery show. The idea turned out to be a hit–they sold 20 wedding bands in one day! Tara then came into the picture in the early 90s, where she convinced her parents to invest in fashionable jewelers, not just craft show designers. Tara says, “My first big buy was Lisa Jenks, who was the star jeweler at Barney’s in the early 90’s. I was one of the first stores in the country to carry Me&Ro, which I bought out of a hotel room from Aurora Lopez who had just started repping them. I have always been interested in new talent and support new people coming onto the scene.”
Fast forward to today and The Clay Pot is now mostly jewelry, but has expanded into lots of different styles, metals and gemstones, with an emphasis on bridal jewelry. Their Nolita store showcases their knack for alternative engagement and wedding styles–like rough diamonds, raw gemstones, interesting settings, vintage-inspired, conflict-free diamonds and much more. The Clay Pot is also in tune with up-and-coming designers as they enjoy seeking out new and hidden talents from creative jewelry artists around the globe.
Being a mainstay in the city’s Park Slope village for nearly a half-century has garnered The Clay Pot a loyal fanbase and customers who will purchase from them on every occasion! Their designer line-up is no joke and keeps people coming back. Designers like Polly Wales, Lori McLean, Blanca Monros Gomez, Rebecca Overmann, Katie Diamond, Megan Thorne, Sofia Kaman, just to name a few. I’m a huge fan of Ruth Tomlinson and her designs, and I actually first discovered Ruth on The Clay Pot’s website.
You should know, The Clay Pot is having their annual ring sale–now through February 22nd, they are offering 10-15% off the price of custom made bridal rings. The Clay Pot has partnered with designers and are able to offer this amazing discount for “early bird” shoppers who are looking to save for their spring weddings. Also, check out the “Lucky Size” sale, where discontinued rings range from 40-50% off their original prices.
Make sure you stop by if you’re in the Brooklyn or Nolita areas!! I can’t wait to make a visit in the future.
- Some store photos–interior and exterior, both beautiful and inspiring
- Blanca Monros Gomez– Vena Amoris Nesting ring in 18ky with .65ct of brilliant and marquise diamonds. handmade in NYC with assorted bands.
- Photo from Alex Kogan from the Infinity line. These are new rings based off of vintage designs, which is great for customers because they can be created to fit a customer’s heirloom stone or other specifications. Done in platinum or 18k white gold, set with diamonds and blue sapphires.
- All Jennifer Dawes rings in 18k, sapphire and diamond engagement ring, floral band with champagne rose cut diamond, and three misty diamond engagement ring.
- Rings from Lori McLean in 14k yellow and 14k white gold with diamonds and sapphires. Lori uses a lot of old European cut diamonds and heirloom stones in her pieces.
- A gorgeous stack of rings highlighting what is offered at their store!
- An amazing, one-of-a-kind pair of Montana agate earrings by Kothari
162 7th Avenue • Brooklyn, NY 11215
22 Spring Street • New York, NY 10012
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