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  • Real Proposal Story: Jamie and Paul’s Heirloom Engagement

    Jamie and Paul’s Heirloom Engagement

    The Love Story

    “It’s hard not to like Paul the minute you meet him,” says Jamie, who has known her now-fiancé since the pair were in high school. “He has an honest smile and a talkative nature that relaxes you immediately.” While she’d seen that smile many times over the years, it wasn’t until the couple reconnected on Facebook in 2011, nearly five years after Paul graduated, that she really fell for it. After that first date, they saw each other nearly every weekend for an entire year -- to the point that Jamie just assumed they were boyfriend and girlfriend. “I figured we were out of that ‘make it official’ phase,” she remembers. “Then, a year to the day after our first date, Paul looked at me with his bright green eyes and asked me to be his girlfriend. I looked right back and said, ‘What?! I thought I already was!’ Paul really has a way of surprising people.”

    The Proposal

    In November of 2016, Paul and Jamie planned a trip to New Hampshire with a group of family and friends. “My grandparents have a lake house in Merrimack where I always spent my summers. Paul has always known how special the state is to me,” says Jamie. He planned the whole weekend, with a day in Portsmouth and a vineyard tour at LaBelle Winery. When they arrived for the tour, three or four people came up to the group and already knew Paul. “I don’t know how I didn’t put two and two together,” Jamie laughs. At a particularly scenic spot, the group took turns taking couples’ photos. When it was Paul and Jamie’s turn, she smiled at the camera, and he shakingly got down on one knee. “I immediately burst into tears and asked him what he was doing,” Jamie remembers. “He had a beautiful speech prepared, but I didn’t hear a word. Then he took the ring out of the box, dramatically threw the box across the lawn, and placed my new Erika Winters Grace solitaire -- featuring my grandmother’s diamond -- on my finger.”

    After the proposal, the group settled into the winery’s private room for lunch. “I was still in complete shock,” says Jamie. The bride had lost her mother to cancer when she was 13, and she’d both anticipated and dreaded her proposal because she wouldn’t be able to share it with her mother. Jamie hadn’t noticed the music playing in the restaurant until Frank Sinatra’s “The Way You Look Tonight” began. “It was my mother’s favorite song, one we would belt in the car and dance to in the kitchen,” says Jamie. “As soon as it started, the tears came and we all got the chills. I knew she was there with us, celebrating the moment.”

    The Ring

    Back in 2011, a week before Jamie and Paul’s first date, she was visiting her maternal grandmother. “She was in hospice, and on my final visit with her, she slipped her engagement ring off of her finger and handed it to me, asking me to one day use it for my engagement ring,” Jamie remembers. “I wasn’t dating anyone at the time, but she knew the day would come. A week later, I went out with Paul and something sparked. Coincidence, or no?”

    Of course, every family ring comes with a few challenges. In Jamie’s case, it was size. “My grandmother’s ring was a size 4, so we knew from the beginning that I wouldn’t be able to use her setting,” Jamie says. After creating a Pinterest board of her favorite designs, she showed Paul her favorites and he pointed her toward designer Erika Winters. “She has such a unique style, with tiny pinpoint details and antique touches. I fell in love with her Grace solitaire -- and then realized the rings were made on the West Coast. I couldn’t in good conscience send my grandmother’s 2.77-carat diamond all the way across the country,” she remembers, and she put the thought out of her mind.

    But Paul didn’t forget. A year later, he brought Jamie into New York City for a surprise, leading her to Greenwich St. Jewelers. “I was floored -- and a little teary-eyed -- when Lauren started placing Erika Winter’s designs in front of me,” Jamie says. “We settled on how I would want the ring customized, and then it was up to Paul to figure out how to secretly get the diamond from my father to Greenwich St. Jewelers.”

    Says Paul, “I took Jamie’s father to lunch, asked for her hand, and was given the diamond, then immediately set to work with Lauren to make the ring everything Jamie wanted. The whole team made me feel at ease, even when it was time to pack up Jamie’s grandmother’s irreplaceable ring across the country. After a few weeks of waiting, the ring was in. The minute I saw it, I knew it was meant for my girl’s finger.” Adds Jamie, “We are filled with happiness during this time of our lives, and we owe so much of that to Lauren and the Greenwich Street Jewelers team for making this experience one of a kind.”

    Congratulations, Paul and Jamie, on your engagement! It’s an honor to play a small part in your love story.

  • Real Proposal Story: Emily and Josh’s Engagement Down Under

     

    The Love Story

    Real Proposal Story: Emily and Josh's Engagement Down Under

    While it may not seem far to most, when Emily and Josh first started dating in early 2016, it truly qualified as a long-distance relationship. She was firmly settled in New York City, while Josh was on Long Island, meaning those early months were full of calls, texts, and a number of long drives back and forth. “On our first date, Josh met me at the Met to explore the museum’s collection, then we headed to the Upper East Side to share a bottle of wine. By the time we parted ways at 1 a.m., Josh drove home in what ended up becoming a huge blizzard,” Emily remembers. That, in fact, is how Josh knew Emily was The One. “The first date was great -- even though I had to drive home in a snowstorm -- and by the time our second date ended, I was sure,” he says. Though the drive was long, during a bout of bronchitis a month later, Josh appeared in the City to nurse Emily back to health. By the time she’d recovered, she was head over heels.

     

    The Proposal

    “By the time we headed to Australia with my family to visit my brother in March of 2017, I knew Josh had the ring, but wasn’t sure when he’d propose,” says Emily. “In fact, I’d had my nails done before we left, just in case!” Josh did in fact bring Emily’s ring with him, but the pair left Australia for a couple’s trip to New Zealand and he still hadn’t popped the question. They spent five days exploring, sleeping in a camper and immersing themselves in the stunning countryside -- and still nothing.

    On their last evening abroad, they checked in at a nice hotel, where Josh drew a warm bath for Emily to rinse away any remnants of their camping adventures. “There was wine, a fruit platter, and lots of bubbles -- and that’s when Josh asked me to marry him!” says Emily. “After I said yes, I looked at Josh and asked if I could put my ring on. It was perfect. I loved that we’d picked it out together, but that it still had Josh’s personal touch because he’d chosen the center stone himself. I know I’ll love it as much years from now as I did the first moment I saw it.”

    The Ring

    After browsing briefly with a friend, Josh and Emily found their way to Greenwich St. Jewelers to shop together. “I knew I wanted a vintage-style ring with a lot of character, and loved the selection,” Emily says. “We were able to try on a range of styles to narrow it down, then Josh made the decision from there. The process was so much like our relationship, with a lot of teamwork and communication.” For Josh, that direction was exactly what he needed. In his words, “Emily had such a specific vision for what she wanted, and I was of the mindset that her vision shouldn’t be ignored. Each ring she tried gave me a little more insight into her approach to jewelry, and shopping with Emily made the process much easier.” With help from Christina and the Greenwich St. Jewelers staff, Josh then chose the center stone on his own. “That was the one thing I really wanted to do myself, so I could surprise her with the finished product,” he says.

    The ring is full of the personality Emily was seeking, with an Old European-cut center stone surrounded by a diamond and sapphire halo and sapphire trillion accents. “I was inspired by a ring my mom has that belonged to her grandmother,” says Emily. “I’m also very active, and a ring with a low profile is the perfect fit.” The couple loved a ring with sapphires flanking a center diamond, choosing to customize the design to include the colored stones in the halo and add a pavé detail down the shank. “Christina was able to create a mock-up of the changes to help us visualize what we’d imagined. She really made sure we were comfortable with the new design,” says Emily.

    “The entire process was fantastic, stress-free, and resulted in an absolutely beautiful ring,” says Josh. “The hardest part was getting the ring back to Emily’s apartment without showing it to her or telling her I had it. I was so excited that she probably figured it out anyway!”

    On behalf of Greenwich St. Jewelers, congratulations Emily and Josh! We cherish the opportunity to be a part of your love story, and wish you all the happiness in the world.

  • Real Proposal Story: Valerie and Greg

    Real Proposal Story: Greg & Valerie’s San Francisco Engagement

    The Love Story

    Valerie and Greg fell in love on the back of a motorcycle, exploring New York City on warm summer evenings. The couple attended the same high school, but didn’t meet until years later, when their groups converged while out with friends for a night on the town in 2011. “For our first date, Greg drove us out to the piers in Long Island City to watch the sunset over the Manhattan skyline,” Valerie remembers. It was in those moments, arms wrapped around Greg as he drove through the city streets, that Valerie knew Greg was the man she wanted to spend her life with.

    The Proposal

    For Valentine’s Day in 2016, Greg planned a romantic getaway and whisked Valerie away to San Francisco. They spent their first day exploring trails around the city, approaching a high point overlooking the Bay. It was there, with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background that Greg got down on one knee, asking the question Valerie had been waiting for since they first met. Little did Valerie know Greg had another surprise up his sleeve: For their first Valentine’s Day as fiancés, they headed north to Napa Valley to toast their love with the finest California wine.

    The Ring

    Designer: Sylvie Collection
    Style: Graduated Diamond Engagement Ring
    Inspiration: Classic Radiance

    When Greg began searching for the perfect engagement ring for Valerie, he knew she preferred oval-cut diamonds -- and that he wanted the ring to be a surprise. Working with jewelry stylist Mary, he brought his mother to the store to learn about different designs and narrow down the options. “Greg brought his sister in to help him make the final choice,” says Mary. “It was wonderful to see the family share this joyous moment.” The winner? A sophisticated graduated diamond band in bright white gold for a serious dose of shimmer. After she said “Yes!”, Valerie and Greg came back to the store to show off her new ring. “When I met Valerie, Greg’s face was beaming with joy. It was an honor to play a small part in something so special,” Mary says.

    Valerie’s engagement ring has serious wow-factor. “When people first saw my ring, everyone noted how sparkly it truly is,” she says. Similar to a round cut stone, the oval shape maximizes brilliance for a stone that catches the light perfectly.

    From all of us at Greenwich St. Jewelers, congratulations! Thank you for sharing your love story with us. We wish you a marriage full of great happiness!

  • Real Proposal Story: Sofia and Dean

    This couple had not one, but two proposals so you get double the feels and double the bling.

    The Love Story

    Origin: Online

    Sofia and Dean were both single New Yorkers looking for love online. The fast paced metropolitan lifestyle can make it difficult to find time for dating, but after a profile peruse and some cursory banter they decided to meet in person. From the very first date, the pair felt their connection was powerful and enduring. In a city full of strangers Sofia and Dean knew they had found something they couldn’t let slip away.

     

    The Proposals

    Sofia asks Dean

    Location: The Ides in the Wythe Hotel

    Sofia had big plans to propose to Dean on a trip to Argentina. When the vacation was suddenly cancelled, she knew she’d have to get creative.  Sofia booked a loft with an incredible view of the Manhattan skyline so she could propose to Dean where they once shared a very memorable date early on in their relationship. There was soft lighting, photos from their travels together, and a typography piece Dean created with the lyrics of their favorite song. With the help of a friend, Sofia managed to get Dean to the hotel under the guise of a birthday party.  The same Ed Sheeran song from Dean’s art work played as the two walked into the room. Sofia led her toward the window, dropped to one knee and simply said, “I have something to ask you.”  Overwhelmed with emotion, Dean mustered up enough energy to shout with joy, “Yes!”

     

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    After sharing the happy news with family and friends, the couple made their way to the balcony to celebrate with champagne and cigars overlooking the twinkling city lights.

     

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    Dean asks Sofia

    Location: Their Buenos Aires apartment

    Dean knew she now had a unique opportunity to propose to Sofia in Argentina. Dean flipped the script and surprised her one morning on the patio of their apartment over a homemade breakfast.  It was understated and unexpected – just how she pictured it.

     

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    The Rings

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    Designer: Sylvie Collection

    Style: Emerald Cut Halo Engagement Ring

    Inspiration: Classic yet Modern

    Sofia visited Greenwich St. Jewelers and chose an emerald cut diamond in a timeless halo setting she knew would speak to Dean’s artistic side.  Weeks later, Dean was sketching in her spare time and decided to draw her “dream ring” just for giggles. Sofia saw the same design she selected appear on the paper but played cool and managed to keep her big proposal secret.  Little did Dean know the engagement ring she coveted was hidden safely in their home, waiting for the day to come.

    “Dean was meant to have this ring.” – Sophia.

     

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    Sofia

    Designer: Arik Kastan

    Style: Sapphire Cluster Engagement Ring

    Inspiration: Vintage, Unconventional

    Engagement rings are not an essential part of marriage in Sofia’s culture, but Dean felt strongly about giving her a symbol of her love.  They decided to return to Greenwich St. Jewelers to select the ring together.  Sofia knew she didn’t want a traditional design and decided that a cluster of sapphires in an antique inspired rose gold setting suited her style.

     

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    Congratulations, Sofia and Dean! The Greenwich St. Jewelers team sends their love and well wishes for a lifetime of joy together. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your love story and for sharing these special moments with us.

     

  • Real Proposal Story: Corey & Amy's Grand Canyon Proposal

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    The Love Story

    Origin: 36 years ago at Brooklyn College

    Amy and Corey were part of a small and practically inseparable group of friends at Brooklyn College back in the early 80's. While studying there, although they were very close the pair’s relationship remained platonic. As it often happens the group began to disband after graduation and Corey, now in a serious relationship, moved and married. It was around this time that Corey and Amy lost touch for nearly 30 years.

    Fast forward to about 8 years ago when Amy’s friend Barbara called to share an unbelievable story. Barbara, a cardiac care nurse, performed a test on a patient with a last name she knew sounded familiar. Barbara recalled conversations with Amy about Corey, "the one who got away", and felt the urge to ask the patient if there was any relation. Although surprised, the woman divulged that she was indeed Corey's ex-wife.  As they chatted, Barbara mentioned Amy and their memorable college days. It was then the woman revealed Corey often spoke of Amy and believed he would love to hear from her.

    After searching the internet, Amy sent Corey a message to reconnect. He wrote back admitting that he had been searching for her with no success. Their story takes another momentous turn as they discovered that for a few years, they had been living 10 minutes apart in Long Island without ever running into each other.

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    Amy- "We started dating a little over 6 years ago and have been together ever since. It's so wonderful to have all these pictures of us from our college days to look back on and to have a loving relationship now that is based on a beautiful friendship created 36 years ago.  It proves that you are never too old and it's never too late to find love."

    The Proposal

    Location: Hopi Point, The Grand Canyon

    Amy - "From the time we starting dating 6 years ago, Corey would often call me at sunset and he would ask me to look at the sky.  It was a lovely reminder of the simple yet stunning beauty of nature and that no matter what troubles the day might have brought, there's always time to take a moment to witness the joy and serenity in the sunset - a reminder to find, even a small moment of happiness in every day."

    The couple planned a trip to visit The Grand Canyon in September, where, unbeknownst to Amy, they would share a magical sunset together. Corey managed to bring the engagement ring cross country, arrange a photographer to snap the moment and time it perfectly to capture the setting sun.

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    Amy - "Corey then took my hands in his and told me how he loved sharing special moments like this with me and wanted to share these kinds of moments with me for the rest of his life.  Then, like the classic gentleman he is, he got down on one knee (and at our ages, that's not easy), pulled out the ring and asked me to marry him. I remember shaking and clasping my hand over my mouth, hearing the clicks of photographs being taken and looking down at the love of my life with the biggest smile on his face.  People were all around us smiling and sighing and clapping and I yelled out ‘Yes!’ "

    The Ring

    Designer: Megan Thorne

    Style: Picture Frame Engagement Ring

    Inspiration: Vintage Inspired, Feminine, Sentimental

    The couple visited Greenwich St. Jewelers together and found a comfortable connection with jewelry stylist, Lauren.

    Lauren – “It was a pleasure for me to assist Amy because she was confident in herself and her style. It was obvious that when she saw the Megan Thorne picture frame ring, it was love at first sight.”

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    Amy - "No matter how many rings I saw online (and I looked at a lot), I knew the picture frame design was "the one," just like Corey!  I love the way a picture frame holds and surrounds a special moment captured in a photo and that's what the ring design represents to me. An expression of love captured in a frame with the diamonds on either side representing more precious memories to come. I love that Corey knew me well enough to let me pick out the setting and he did the rest."

     

    From the entire Greenwich St. team - Congratulations and thank you for sharing your story! We wish you all the best in your future together.

     

  • Designer Spotlight: Bounkit

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    The newest addition to the all-star roster at Greenwich St. Jewelers is Bounkit, a collection of audacious gemstone jewelry by designer Hassan Bounkit. A native of Morocco, Bounkit began his career in working for the haute couture houses in Italy before moving to New York. He fell in love with jewelry design and launched his collection in 2006 with the goal of creating pieces that could be worn in different ways, offering endless options from daring to demure. His Mediterranean background is apparent in the use of color and texture in the Bounkit collection, which is known for the incredible color pairings and the interchangeable nature of each piece.

    Bounkit lemon quartz and lapis earrings Bounkit Lapis and Lemon Quartz earrings are convertible from a stud to a statement drop.

    All jewelry in the range can be worn in two to three different ways, or paired with parts of other pieces to double, if not triple or quadruple your jewelry wardrobe. Made in Bounkit’s NYC atelier, each jewel is meticulously handcrafted from sensationally large and or vibrant gemstones giving the collection a modern, architectural sensibility.

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    We asked Hassan to indulge us and answer our some questions so you can get to know this talented designer.

    Jewelry Designer Hassan Bounkit

    What’s on your playlist while you’re working at the bench?

    I like listening to Jazz.

    We’re coming over for dinner, what’s on the menu?

    Tajine with homemade bread and  salads. After diner we serve Moroccan Mint tea and sweets.

    What are you most proud of?

    My son Rayan and daughter Jana.

    Tell us about an unlikely source of inspiration.

    Old Bollywood movies.

    What is your favorite quote or mantra that you live your life by?

    Always treat the others the way you want to be treated.

    How do you stay balanced?

    I work in Manhattan which I get my energy from and live in the suburbs away from it all.

    What’s your guilty pleasure?

    Lasagna and not a veggie one!

    If you had to buy a piece of jewelry from another designer who would it be?

    David Webb

    Tell us about your most sentimental piece of jewelry and the story behind it.

    I made a cuff with a large Fluorite center and leaves set with Peridot and clear quartz. It was featured in Elle magazine in 2006. That was the first editorial with my jewelry.

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    And lastly, here’s a speed round of one of our favorite games, THIS OR THAT:

    Five star hotel or tent under the stars? Tent under the stars

    Dance all night or hike all day? Hike all day

    Street art or museum of art? Museum of art

    Sweet or savory? Sweet

    Digital or analog? Analog

  • A Perfect Pair: Danhov and Paparazzi Proposals

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    Wouldn’t you love to have the moment you propose be captured so you can relive the joy forever? We’re excited to partner with Danhov and Paparazzi Proposals on a very special gift for you. When you purchase a Danhov ring, we’ll give you a complimentary Proposal Package, complete with photographs and planning, valued at $495, while supplies last.

    Why choose Danhov?

    Masters of the most dazzling and innovative engagement ring settings, Danhov marries precision and art in an award-winning collection. All Danhov rings are handmade in their Los Angeles studio where designer Jack Hovespian heads a team of expert jewelers. Known for their exquisite, handmade micropave diamond setting, Danhov creates rings that appear to be crafted from diamond thread. You will also discover distinctly timeless designs that blend a modern aesthetic with classic silhouettes.

    Join us for a Danhov Engagement+Wedding Trunk Show May 21-22

    Paparazzi Proposals are proposal experts...

    Founder James Ambler was inspired by his years of experience as a paparazzi to create a one-of-a-kind approach to proposal photography. Paparazzi Proposals will help with planning your proposal, take the stress out, and leave no moment uncaptured. Paparazzi Proposals has been featured on Shark Tank, The Today Show and CBS Sunday Morning for the innovative idea of photographing the most important moment in a couple’s lives--using a team of highly trained photographers to capture the moment from afar.

    • The complimentary Proposal Package includes:
    • - Full proposal consultation (ideas, advice, locations,maps)
    • - One hour photography session to capture all moments of the proposal
    • - An impromptu engagement portrait session
    • - Photos of your new Danhov engagement ring

    Lastly, we’ll collect your love stories and feature them in “Real Proposal Stories” on our blog.

  • Ask the Expert: Ari Madilian from Single Stone Explains the Wonder of Antique Diamonds

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    What makes a diamond truly spectacular?  For some, it may be color, clarity, or size.  For Ari Madilian, the owner and head designer of Single Stone, a diamond’s real beauty comes from its history and romance.

    Ari began his diamond career 1988.  As a purveyor of both modern and antique jewelry for many years, Madilian became acquainted with diamonds of all types, from all eras.  Captivated by the unique, uncommon appearance of the diamonds in antique pieces, Madilian began Single Stone, a company devoted to handcrafting diamond rings and bands with authentic historic details.  By using real antique center diamonds combined with intricate detailing, Single Stone’s rings present the perfect mix between old and new.

    Since he is an expert in the field of estate jewelry and antique diamonds, we took some time to talk to Madilian about what makes these jewels and gems especially remarkable.

    How did you become interested in antique diamonds?  What is special about them to you?

    Early in my diamond career, I sought out vintage diamonds for their singular and interesting structure.  I’ve always loved the romance and history associated with these gems.  I find it amazing that 100 years ago, someone adored these diamonds in their own jewelry.

    What’s the difference between historic cuts and modern diamonds?

    Modern diamonds are cut to exacting standards with proportions perfected in this century, and have a “crushed ice” type of brilliance.  Vintage diamonds were cut by hand, giving them much larger facets and a more subtle appearance.  The non-perfect cutting technique gives vintage gems a unique charm.

    The round, brilliant diamond we see today is a modern take on the Old European cut diamond, which is one of our most popular styles.  For me, the Old European cut has much more personality; its proportions are not as perfectly uniform as the round, brilliant diamond.

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    What are some of the key characteristics of vintage rings apparent in your modernly crafted designs?

    Hundreds of years ago, engagement rings were made by hand which allowed them to be very light and delicate in feel.  At Single Stone, we capture the essence of estate jewelry but handcraft our rings with modern metals to make more substantial rings for today’s woman.  By using antique gems but newer materials, we are able to handcraft a jewel that will stand the test of time and eventually become a family heirloom.

    With all the details such as milgrain and engraving apparent in vintage jewelry, handcrafting a ring in our studio can take 4-8 weeks, but the result is a one-of-a-kind jewel with historic significance.

    Single Stone's Cobblestone collection features rings with various antique diamond cuts. Single Stone's Cobblestone collection features rings with various antique diamond cuts.

    We have a few of your wedding bands featuring French-cut diamonds.  Can you tell us more about what gives these diamonds their sparkle?

    French-cut diamonds became popular in the 1920’s, but are rarely seen in modern diamond jewelry.  Their unique sparkle comes from faceting on the top half of the diamond, which allows light to reflect off of the surface.  This type of brilliance is entirely different from modern baguettes.  These diamonds are cut especially for us, for each piece that we create.

    TWO-TONE-BANDS Single Stone wedding bands featuring French and Old European cut diamonds

    Shop our Single Stone collection online & see more of these antique beauties at our special in-store shopping event, May 13-15, 2016.

  • NEW NAME, SAME INSPIRING STORE

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    Dear Friends,

    You may have noticed something different when you visited our website today; we are now Greenwich St. Jewelers! We’ve been busily working on this new site as part of the evolution of our store for some time now and we’re so excited to share it with you.

    Our subtle name change ties us to our roots.

    There are some of you who will remember that the original Greenwich Jewelers was opened by our parents, Carl & Milly Gandia, on Greenwich St. in 1976. That’s 40 years ago this year! As we thoughtfully considered our current business and where we want to take it, we chose to tether our brand to the heritage created by our parents on a little street downtown all those years ago.

    To move forward we looked back.

    We grew up on the streets of lower Manhattan, working summers and holidays at the store. And when we moved to our current location on Trinity Place after 9/11, we were faced with a challenging landscape. It was a time when we all needed to band together—as a nation, as a city, and for us, as a family. As somewhat of a surprise to each of us we decided to join the family business, and that’s when the magic happened. The alchemy of our family’s shared experience and drive to succeed in a difficult environment helped us to flourish. Our business grew; we began working with wonderful new designers, built a wedding clientele, and enhanced our shop and services – all to offer you the very best experience possible. Our parents had built the business on a foundation of trust, experience and a passion for service, so when they retired in 2009 and left it in our hands we knew we had big shoes to fill.

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    We know that these changes: to our name, our logo, store, and website experience are a big shift, especially to those who have known us for a long time. We promise that we will continue to deliver the level of service, extraordinary design and warm and welcoming environment that you have come to expect from our store and staff. Our evolution is an a facet of our commitment to offer you best experience possible, as with our new lifetime jewelry care and personal shopper services, greater commitment to responsible sourcing, and of course, inspired jewelry to discover and covet.

    Nothing compares to you.

    While it’s clear that we love jewelry, our greatest inspiration is you, our treasured clients. We love that the children and grandchildren of our parents’ clients continue to shop with us, and we have made many new friends in recent years. We’ve met your children, co-workers, relatives and pets, and consider you a part of the Greenwich St. Jewelers family. You remain at the center of every decision we make and we’re so grateful for your having chosen us as your jeweler. Thank you for the past 40 years and here’s to 40 more brilliant years together!

    Jennifer Gandia and Christina Gandia Gambale

  • Designer Spotlight with Rebecca Overmann

    On any given day you can find Rebecca Overmann happily ensconced in her studio in San Francisco’s Mission District.  From initial sketch to completed jewel she and her team of jewelers execute each stage of creation and bring her organic inspired designs to life.  A trained metalsmith in her own right, Rebecca carves wax by hand revealing the design as she works.  She wears each new piece for a couple of weeks to ensure both the style and comfort meet her high standards before becoming part of her collection.  We had the opportunity to ask Rebecca some telling questions to find out what makes this talented designer tick.

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    What’s on your playlist while you’re working at the bench?

    We’re an eclectic bunch! While I’m at the bench I tend towards Matthew Dear but that’s just me. We all have input in the music and it can go from Sade to Johnny Cash to Mos Def in the span of 20 minutes.

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    The next stop on my travel list is:

    Boring I know, but Hawaii or Baja — I need a quick recharge! Southern Africa’s pretty high on the list for the next big trip.

    We’re coming over for dinner, what’s on the menu?

    You’d have to ask my husband (he’s the cook in the house)…. But if it’s Friday, definitely pizza on the grill.

    What are you most proud of?

    The studio-family we’ve built! I’m so fortunate I get to work with such incredibly talented and skilled people on a daily basis. Over the past couple of years I’ve made a big push to bring all aspects of production in-house — I’m very proud to say that everything we produce is done entirely in our San Francisco studio by some of the most skilled jewelers I’ve known.

    Tell us about an unlikely source of inspiration.

    Nothing seems that unlikely anymore! I’ve always found the most inspiration from the physical world around me — textures (whether natural or man made) often find their way into my pieces. For a time, I was using a chunk of concrete that I found on my way to the studio to texture my men’s bands.

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    Tell us about a past failure and what you learned from it.

    I wouldn’t necessarily call it a failure now, but at the time it certainly felt like one. Not too long after moving to San Francisco to pursue a career in graphic design and advertising, I was laid off. The upside was that my stipend bought me enough time to try jewelry full-time — here I am 13 years later!

    What is your favorite quote or mantra that you live your life by?

    I’m not much of a mantra person — but there are certainly some ideals that are hugely important to me.

    Relationships both personally and professionally are extremely important and I absolutely love the fact that I still sell at the very first store to ever pick up my line.

    Control is a big one for me — I don’t believe that anyone can produce something truly wonderful without a tremendous amount of control — control of the process, the materials, the design and the patience to stay the course.

    Fun. It should be fun to do what you do every day (I’m still having a lot of fun)!

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    How do you stay balanced?

    I limit the time that I work on, or think about jewelry to my waking hours :)  Having two Australian Shepherds though, is a nice distraction.

    What’s your guilty pleasure?

    Chocolate… not so guilty though.

    Tell us about your most sentimental piece of jewelry and the story behind it.

    Just one? I’m a very sentimental person and I have quite a collection of pieces — from turquoise bracelets I bought as a teenager to diamond rings that I’ve made recently. These are the first earrings I ever made myself (a very long time ago) — and while they probably won’t end up in my line anytime soon, they remind me of the excitement I felt when I first started making jewelry .

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    If I weren’t designing jewelry I’d be

    That crazy lady with way too many dogs (and cats) — I think I’d definitely have to be involved in some way with animal rescue or rehabilitation.

    And lastly, here’s a speed round of one of our favorite games, THIS OR THAT:

    Five star hotel or tent under the stars?

    Five start tent under the stars.

    Hike all day or dance all night?

    Hike all day…. As long as it’s with my pups.

    Street art or museum of art?

    Street art!

    Sweet or savory?

    Both… the latter followed by the former.

    Digital or analog?

    Music: Digital (convenience wins)
    Jewelry: Definitely analog — I’m all about what someone can do with their hands, not a computer!
    Art: Analog — I loved time in the darkroom when I was studying photography.

    We’re so grateful to Rebecca for letting us get to know a bit more about her.  We have always been thrilled to represent the work of such an inspired designer.  Now we have a newfound respect and admiration for the woman herself.  We hope you will be inspired too!  Shop our Rebecca Overmann jewelry collection.

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