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Greenwich St. Jewelers

  • Real Proposal Stories: Erich and Alexandra's Greek Islands Engagement

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    Both designers from opposite sides of the country, Erich and Alexandra met in Washington, D.C. in 2005.  They fell in love and moved to Brooklyn shortly thereafter.

    Erich and Alexandra describe themselves as "old souls" and travel, good design, and cultural experiences are important to them.

    When it came time to propose to Alexandra, Erich scoured several jewelry stores in NYC to find the perfect ring.  He wanted something that expressed their unique bond and that Alexandra would appreciate for the exquisite design.  Erich found Greenwich St. Jewelers and selected the perfect Single Stone engagement ring.  It was handcrafted from rose gold and featured an antique diamond and engraving details.  The ring perfectly captured Alexandra's spirit.

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    Now that he had the engagement ring, the proposal could be set into motion.  For Alexandra's birthday, Erich crafted a plane ticket that was good for one trip anywhere in the world.  Alexandra chose a vacation to Turkey and the Greek Islands.  Alexandra's family is from Greece and it is also where her parents met; there could not have been a more perfect place for Erich to propose.

    On the first day of their weeklong trip, Erich took Alexandra on a sunset walk on the island of Mykonos.  The walk ended in a surprise proposal.  Alexandra said yes, and the two enjoyed their love-filled vacation together.

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    Two years later, Erich and Alexandra married at The Bell House in Brooklyn, on a concert stage under bright lights, surrounded by their closest family and friends.  They couldn't be happier.greek island engagement 4

    Congratulations, Alexandra & Erich!

  • Days Gone By: The Ultimate Vintage-Inspired Engagement Ring Guide

    Vintage-inspired engagement rings capture the romance of past eras. Rings from the mid-1800’s to mid-1900’s fall into three separate time periods:  Victorian, Edwardian, and Art Deco.  Jewelry from each of these eras reflected what was happening in the world and how societies responded to their culture.  Vintage and antique rings are therefore treasured symbols of past lifestyles and artistic movements.

    Read about each of them below, illustrated with our Beverley K vintage-inspired engagement rings.

    Victorian: Delicate Adornment

    Queen Victoria’s regal style impacted the world of jewelry design during her reign, from 1837-1901.  It was a romantic period in art and culture, resulting in rings with detailed feminine flourishes and natural motifs.  It was the first time in history that larger diamonds (1 carat and up) were widely available due to the opening of new diamond mines in Africa.  While rings of the past frequently featured diamond clusters, the Victorian era was the beginning of rings focused around a center diamond.  Handcrafted details such as engraving and raised milgrain beading were important factors in Victorian ring settings, and the most common metal used was yellow gold.  The lower karat weights (18k, 14k, and 10k) gave the rings a softer color.

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    Edwardian: Airy Filigree and Lace

    The Edwardian period in jewelry (1901-1910) coincided with the Belle Epoque in Europe and the Gilded Age in the United States, a prosperous time of optimism following the war.  This was expressed through jewelry in extravagant designs.  Platinum, a newly discovered precious metal, began to be used for rings, creating a new tradition for future generations.

    According to our resident antique jewelry specialist, Lee Terranova, “The use of platinum allowed for a more open and airy look in the ring designs.  It gave way to filigree and pierced patterns, creating beautiful, lace-inspired designs.”  This ethereal look was accented by sloping lines and feminine curves, offering a much lighter appearance than rings from the Victorian period.

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    Art Deco: Bold Geometry

    The age of new beginnings, the Art Deco era (1915-1935) represented a creative rebirth in jewelry, art and design.  People were seeking something new and completely different than what had been created in the past.  Engagement rings exhibited never-before-seen design motifs, such as bold geometric patterns and eclectic diamond shapes.  Rare in modern jewelry, French-cut diamonds were used as accent gems to the center.  For the first time, center diamonds became more creative as emeralds and marquis-shapes rose in popularity.  Gemstones, particularly sapphires, emeralds, and rubies, were also used as colorful accents in the ring designs.

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  • Real Proposal Stories: Jessy and Stephania’s Vinyl Record Player Engagement

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    It was not an easy feat for Jessy to find his girlfriend Stephania an engagement ring.  To add on to the typical nerves one experiences when making this purchase, Stephania is not a jewelry wearer.  She did not have Pinterest boards with rings or other trails of breadcrumbs for Jessy to follow.

    Eventually, Jessy’s friends gave him the final push he needed to get engaged and took him to a jewelry store, which mostly had traditional engagement rings.   “I didn’t really like anything they had to offer, but it was a start,” Jessy said.  “Spending a lot of money on something she typically doesn’t like didn’t sit well with me,” he explained.

    Jessy left the jewelry store determined to get Stephania something special, a piece she would love even though she doesn’t love jewelry, a ring that was uniquely her.  He started doing research online, searching for antique, vintage and alternative engagement rings.  He found inspiration that he felt was right, and after getting confirmation from his mom and sister, knew he had the perfect ring idea.  Now he had to begin the journey of getting it made.

    Jessy spoke to a friend of his who went through the same struggle and had recommended Greenwich Jewelers.  Jessy came in to meet with our jewelry specialist, Lee Terranova, and brought his inspiration photos.  Together, they began to design a custom ring with the help of one of our designers, Megan Thorne.  The exquisite jewel featured a rose-cut center diamond set in a satin-finish white gold setting.  To add a personal touch to the ring, Jessy designed the band to mimic the paisley tattoo Stephania has on her shoulder.

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    Now that he had the perfect ring, it was time to plan a proposal to match.  Jessy started by recording a song of himself singing to Stephania, and had it printed on a vinyl record.  He took the record with him as they left for their trip upstate, where they went to watch the Lyrid meteor showers.  Jessy and Stephania had been waiting almost 10 years to see this celestial event.

    Once inside the home they were staying with Jessy’s family, Jessy took out the record player and a group of vinyls.  Stephania put one on the player, and Jessy waited eagerly with anticipation as she listened to two full albums before discovering the one he had made.

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    Jessy designed the album cover with the original engagement ring sketch from designer Megan Thorne.  As soon as she heard his voice, Stephania knew it was Jessy singing.  She began to cry and asked “what’s this all about?” as Jessy told her to listen to the song all the way through.  When the song ended, he asked her to stand up and kneeled down as he asked her to marry him.  Jokingly, Stephania said “no” at first and embraced Jessy in a giant hug, followed by an enthusiastic “yes.”

    After celebrations with Jessy’s family, the group went outside to watch the meteor shower.  They ended the night with an incredible show of fifteen shooting stars, adding a magical touch to their dream proposal story.

    View our Custom Design page for more information on creating a ring for your love story.

  • Real Proposal Stories: Christopher and Gregg

    Christopher, the newest addition to the Greenwich St. Jewelers team as our part-time bookkeeper, began as one of our clients.  Searching for the perfect rings to express their love, Christopher and his fiancée Gregg commissioned our store to create diamond bands that were uniquely theirs.

    Check out their love story and pictures of their one-of-a-kind rings below!

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    From Christopher:

    Gregg and I met 7 years ago online, as most people tend to meet these days.  Being skeptical of people you meet online, I set up a time to meet with a 15 minute window.  I had somewhere else to be after that 15 minutes. I figured that if it wasn't a good match, then the quick meeting would be over and that would be that.

    Surprisingly, after the 15 minutes had expired and I mentioned I had to leave, he leaned in and kissed me.  It was just the right kind of kiss...it was perfect.  So instead of me leaving him at the bar, I asked him to join me on my venture which he was happy to do.  We then went to a restaurant afterwards and had a real date.  After a year and a half of dating, he proposed to me on a gondola in Whistler, Vancouver and produced a temporary ring that he picked up mountainside.

    Upon our return, we had time to research rings that we would give to each other on our wedding day. Gregg came across Greenwich St. Jewelers and we were impressed by the fact that they were a green company, the diamonds came from Canada and that they used recycled materials.  In addition, we would be able to design our own rings.  We made an appointment and met with Christina, the owner, who spent a lot of time with us and was thrilled to be a part of our story.  We were extremely specific with what we wanted we could not be happier with the results.  Our rings are outstanding and the sparkle of these specific diamonds catches everyone's eye.  We are complimented everywhere we go.

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    Curious about designing your own perfect ring?  Email support@greenwichstjewelers.com or call 866-288-9222 to schedule your appointment.

  • Real Proposal Stories: Paul and Paloma

    A few months ago, we had the opportunity to meet a lovely couple, Paul and Paloma, who chose us to buy their engagement ring.  Paul and Paloma met while they were both performing in Phantom of the Opera on Broadway.  Check out their romantic story below, and how they found their perfect ring.

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    From Paloma:

    I never loved jewelry when I was younger. As a dancer, it’s difficult for me to wear anything besides tiny stud earrings or a small necklace.  However, when Paul and I started dating he changed my mind. He has spoiled me with the most stunning pieces of jewelry and the most incredible engagement ring I could even dream up.  He first found Greenwich St. Jewelers when looking for a few necklaces for me for Christmas. He began working with Robin, and they built a long term relationship looking for the perfect jewels for me, from designers like Gurhan! I have learned to love jewelry and love that they were given to me from someone I love.

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    My engagement ring is my dream ring.  A little over a year after we started dating, Paul took me to look at rings “just for fun.”  He wanted to get an idea of what I like since I have an untraditional style.  Little did I know, Paul had already been to the store and shopped with Robin, who helped him find a designer that he liked and wanted to show me.  The moment I put the Single Stone ring on my finger, my heart was beating faster than it ever had before and I knew I totally loved it!  I left just thinking that it was a fun day and nothing much of it after, until 8 months later, on the perfect night, Paul popped the question at my favorite place in the city.  We were celebrating two years together and Paul had arranged for my parents and closest friends to come celebrate with us after I said yes!  I am more in love than I ever believed possible and every time I look at the ring on my finger, I could explode with joy.

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    Paul and I are marrying next summer in the Swiss Mountains, and I’m so thankful for Robin and the team at Greenwich St. Jewelers.  It’s truly wonderful to have a relationship with a jeweler that knows my name when I walk in and knows what I love.  Now it’s time to come in and pick out HIS ring!

  • Real Proposal Stories: Trisha and Eric

    Our clients, Trisha & Eric, recently got engaged with a one-of-a-kind tourmaline ring from Megan Thorne.  See photos of the ring and this fun-loving couple below, plus read their love story!

    All photos of Trisha and Eric by Patrick L. Pfister/Pfoto.com

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    Eric and Trisha met in the late summer of 2011 at the Hash House Harriers in New York City.  Eric is a marathon runner and this group, which has chapters worldwide, is his social group that is coined as 'a drinking group with a running problem' since every run ends at a bar.  Trisha knew about 'the hash' for years because her first roommate in New York was a 'hasher', but she didn't decide to join the group until her friend Leslie convinced her to go. This was also an opportunity for Trisha to meet men outside her regular circles, but it was a little intimidating because she had never run more than three miles at a time in her life!
    When Trisha met Eric she knew right away that he was unlike any guy she had ever dated before and since she saw him every week she had a chance to get to know him as a friend before they actually went on a first date.  Once they started dating they fell in love quickly and soon were inseparable.  They moved in together in an apartment on a tree lined street in Brooklyn the following fall 2012.
    After Eric and Trisha visited her family at Christmas 2012, they realized her family had been hoping she would come home with an engagement ring. After the Christmas trip the wheels started turning in Eric's mind about proposing and Eric and Trisha discussed getting engaged in the spring.
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    Eric knew that the best way to find out what Trisha wanted for her engagement ring was to consult her best friends.  Little did he know, Trisha had never even tried on an engagement ring. After doing a little research online she decided she wanted a colored stone, but she was open to color and setting. She gathered a few of her best girlfriends and made an appointment at Greenwich St. Jewelers because of their amazing array of designers and variety of unique pieces. They met with Lee Terranova who consulted with her and showed her the Megan Thorne ring she will wear for the rest of her life. It literally made Trisha gasp and her friend, Beth, start to cry in the store.
    Once Eric found out what ring Trisha liked the best from her shopping trip he got so excited he ran out and bought it as soon as he could sneak over to Greenwich Jewelers.  He proposed the following evening in their apartment. His original plan was to wait until the spring to propose in the Brooklyn Botanical Garden under the cherry blossoms, but once he had the ring it was burning a hole in his pocket.  Once Trisha saw the ring she couldn't stop saying 'You got me the one I really wanted!'.  They went to a wine bar nearby to celebrate and returned home to call all their family and friends.
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  • Custom Design Stories: Julia and Stephanie's Hammer and Nail Engagement Rings

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    A while ago, we had the pleasure of meeting a woman named Stephanie who came into our store to commission our master jeweler, Gavin, for an especially romantic custom design project.  Stephanie’s story and her vision were so inspiring that we knew we had to share it with our customers.  Read on to find out about Stephanie’s inspiration behind these awe-inspiring, creative engagement rings for herself and her now fiancée, Julia.

    THE BEGINNING

    “If I had a hammer” by Peter, Paul & Mary was always a favorite song of mine, which I reminisced about and sang with an old childhood friend on the evening before my first date with my now fiancée, Julia.  Later that night, my friend posted on my Facebook wall, “if I had a hammer- theme of your life!”  At the time, I didn’t realize how true this statement would end up being.

    Well, it turned out that my date, Julia’s last name was “Hammer.”  Upon her seeing my Facebook wall, I had to immediately explain the song reference so she did not think I was making her the “theme of my life” after a first date!  “If I had a hammer” became a joke in our relationship, and two weeks later, Julia surprised me with something spectacular.

    It was my first time visiting Julia’s apartment, and she handed me a small jewelry box.  I thought “wow, it is a little soon for a ring,” and opened the box to find a nail bent into a circle.  I awkwardly tried the ring on different fingers, and it turned out to only fit on my ring finger.  “I want you to be the nail to my hammer,” Julia said, then explained that the nail was not meant to be a ring, merely a token of her affection and a circle shape representing continuity.  I was so happy with Julia that I never removed this ring from my finger until the day we had our official rings made at Greenwich St. Jewelers.

    THE RINGS

    hammer Hammer ring featuring round brilliant diamond and two gemstones, reflecting Stephanie and Julia's birthstones

    When I decided I wanted to ask Julia to marry me, it was the month of her 30th birthday.  At her surprise party, I told a friend I was planning to propose and she was so excited she emailed me a list of custom jewelers the next morning.

    I made an appointment and went into Greenwich St. Jewelers with friends (for moral support) the next day, and I fell in love with Jennifer (the store owner) and the personal attention and care she gave me.  She was so determined to turn my dream ring into a reality, but shortly after meeting Jennifer, I found out that I would have to leave town on business for three months, so the project was on hold.

    When I returned, I contacted Jennifer and she informed me that her master jeweler, Gavin, who was skilled in custom design, had already prepared sketches based on my original drawings and invited me in to meet with him.

    During the custom design process with Gavin, I appreciated that he was realistic about what could and could not work in regards to the ring design, but he never disappointed me.  He always told me “anything is possible” and didn’t stop working on the ring until I was completely satisfied.

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    nail Nail ring featuring a pear-shaped diamond

    After Julia said yes and it was my turn to get a ring, I had no desire to take the nail off my finger.  It had too much sentimental value to me.  So I spoke to Jennifer and Gavin, and we decided to have a wax cast from the structure of the actual nail.  My new, white gold engagement ring featuring a pear-shaped center diamond, is modeled after the ring that Julia gave me when we first started dating.

    Julia and I are two unique people and I am so happy we now have non-traditional engagement rings that reflect our story.  I remember how we met and all the times we’ve had every time I look down at my finger, and I’m thrilled that I’ll be wearing this ring every day for the rest of my life.

    To read more about the Greenwich Jewelers custom design process, email support@greenwichstjewelers.com to schedule an appointment with a custom design specialist.

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