Blog | Greenwich Jewelers
December 10, 2015
Choosing the Perfect Holiday Gift

Choosing the Perfect Holiday Gift  

Let us do the hard work this Holiday season! Stefani, our in-house personal shopper is here for all your gifting needs. With a background in the fine arts, Stefani uses her creative eye to help clients discover jewels to suit their lifestyle, budget and personality. Simply contact  stefani@greenwichjewelers.com to get started!

What do you suggest for the woman who “has everything”?  

I’d go with a one-of-a-kind designer piece that’s totally unexpected.  Jewels that feature rare and/or unusually cut gemstones are always great options for unique and thoughtful gift-giving. This handcrafted emerald and pave cuff from Jamie Joseph is a winner. Combine it with a coordinating set of earrings or a ring to complete the ensemble.

This Y-pendant by Getana is another terrific option - made from rare Australian boulder opal, it has an iridescent blue shimmer unlike any other gem. The diamond pave border makes it feel even more special and she’ll love the way the diamond drop dances sexily at the end of the chain. Extra points for pairing it up with this one-of-a-kind triple opal cocktail ring.

How can you help someone who’s stumped find a great gift?

It begins with a conversation. I’ll ask you for three words to describe her -- then it’s a piece of cake to select a gift that will suit her.  We will work together to find jewelry that conveys those three words.  Earrings are our top-selling gift item, so when you are really stuck for ideas, go with a pair similar in size to what she typically wears in a color she likes. If you aren't sure about that, a neutral colored gemstone such as moonstone, diamond or labradorite could be the solution.

This is also a wonderful opportunity to present her with a piece of sentimental or symbolic jewelry. Did you know that the snake motif in jewelry design goes back to ancient Egypt? It had a major revival in the 1800's when Prince Albert presented his beloved Queen Victoria with the first ever engagement ring -- a gold snake with an emerald set into the head. This set off a trend and many vintage pieces from the Victorian era feature the snake, a symbol of eternal love and wisdom.     

 

I’ve just decided I want to propose over the Holidays. Now what?

Congratulations! Reach out to stefani@greenwichjewelers.com and we’ll schedule your appointment within 24 hours. If she (or he) has dropped any hints or left clues about preferred ring styles, share them with us. Give yourself at least an hour in our shop so that we can get to know you a bit. We want the consultation process to be a simple and joyful experience – after all, this is a big day for you!

Sit down, have a drink and relax.

We’ve got this. 

I want something from the store but don’t know how to tell my significant other.

That’s easy! Let us know what you have in mind and we will help you curate a wishlist. Swing by for a glass of bubbly and play dress-up with our team of jewelry specialists. Then, if you like, it is our pleasure to have our jewelry elves email it to your sweetheart for a gentle tap on the shoulder.

…if all else fails, you can’t go wrong with a gift card!

Available to purchase in any amount in-store or online.

November 12, 2015
Artistic Innovation: An Interview with Todd Reed

Artistic Innovation: An Interview with Todd Reed

There’s no doubt that a piece of jewelry by Todd Reed will win a place in your heart forever. Nobody else does what he does. With an artist’s soul and a deep appreciation of natural materials, it’s easy to see why Todd’s award winning designs are held in private collections worldwide.   Our owner Jennifer paid a visit to his studio last year and was fascinated by his workspace and design process.

Todd looks for inspiration everywhere. His workspace is filled with inspiring objects, sketches by his daughter Flora, and always, always a little jade figurine of Ganesh. During Todd’s visit to New York City this month he will be making a special appearance at our shop and absorbing the architecture and the creative energy of this city where art meets community in such a special way.  We had a few questions for him in preparation for his visit. 

Todd, you’ve been doing this since the nineties.  In all your time designing jewelry, do you have a favorite piece?

Todd: Peaceful Place is a special piece to me primarily because it deals with deep emotion. It’s beautiful and intriguing and also bears the story of personal growth, wisdom and the pain of needing a peaceful place. This piece articulates the beauty around closing down/ opening up, reveling your true self or working with polished outside. Art is simply making an emotion into some kind of deliverable thing, I use my jewelry design to communicate my story.

The award winning pendant, Peaceful Place, on display in Todd’s Venice, Ca showroom. This has a hidden locket that opens to a Moldavia Buddha.

You are something of a pioneer when it comes to designing with raw diamonds and recycled metals. What inspired you to create a sustainable jewelry collection?

Todd: I think ethical responsibility in this industry is difficult to ignore any more. When I started my company, I had certain principles that I had wanted to have at the core. It was not popular to be responsible about sourcing at the time. It was important to me though, so we did it.

This is the type of forward-thinking that delights your fans and keeps you ahead of trend. What inspired you to work with raw diamonds?

Todd: 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.

What is your favorite part about what you do?

Todd: Connecting with people and expressing my feelings through art.

That’s definitely something that comes through in your work! How often do you sketch or draw?

Todd: I am constantly sketching – I have hundreds of sketches on napkins, scrap paper and in notebooks. My sketch books provide a constant reservoir of designs that I pull from.

How much leeway to create do you give your artisans?

Todd: I am the only designer. However, we do create custom designs and often clients work on a piece with an account manager, but before being made, I approve the design.

I meet regularly with the shop master to discuss and work through fabrication details.  Each jeweler will create the piece from start to finish, which is unique in the jewelry industry. Keeping each piece with one jeweler keeps the aesthetic and the energy of the piece in balance.

What factor about yourself, do you feel is the biggest contributor to your success?

Todd: I constantly stay true to my vision.

You certainly have an authentic voice – your tagline Raw Elegance really hits the nail on the head. Where do you hope to see your brand in 10 years?

Todd: Ten years I'll still be the founder, designer and CEO of TRI, and designing the most innovative and beautiful jewelry I can.

That sounds like a plan! We can’t wait to see what the future holds for Todd Reed and his growing empire. 

Art is simply making an emotion into some kind of deliverable thing,

I use my jewelry design to communicate my story.

-Todd Reed