The first installment in our designer introduction series is Caroline Ellen, who has been with us since the beginning of Peridot! Working with her own golden alloys and hand making every piece with ancient gold-smithing techniques, it's easy to see why Dawn first gravitated towards her collection. Get to know Caroline Ellen, and see why we gravitate to her still! Also, keep an eye out for an upcoming Studio Visit feature and behind the scenes designer visit.
This week, in honor of her trunk show on Saturday in Larchmont, we sat down with the wonderfully talented Brooklyn-based Rosanne Pugliese. We are obsessed with her subtle, light-as-a-feather jewelry, hand-made with the richest hammered gold and saturated and unique stones, which is all at once classic, modern, and luxurious. The majority of Rosanne's collection is handmade in 22k gold, in a small artisan workshop in NYC -- even the simple hoops are worked one piece at a time by hand. Rosanne uses classic, elegant proportions. But she keeps a certain earthy rawness by using gentle finishing techniques and unusual gemstones, like aquamarines that look like little chunks of the sky... or nuggets of color that are rough, assymetrical, and utterly sophisticated. -What is your favorite piece of jewelry? I am fortunate to be able to switch what is the favorite very often! Have some amazing green tourmaline rectangular "bars" that I am working on, and a bezel set "east/west" ring is my best piece right now. [caption id="attachment_343" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Green Tourmaline and Gold Necklace[/caption] -What is your guilty pleasure? Going to the movies..... Love vintage, foreign, classic, new..... Anything Woody Allen. netflix is my favorite site on the web. Just saw the Italian film "The Great Beauty" and can't stop thinking about it--- also a great soundtrack which is constantly playing these days. Old, longtime favorite movie is "Annie Hall." -What are you currently reading? Just started "The Circle" by Dave Eggers. It is about notion of privacy in this online age..... quite chilling. -Five random items on your desk: About 5 "To Do" lists; Copy of the new Greenwich Magazine featuring my emerald cut amethyst earrings; Wallpaper sample from CALICO; perfume vials from ARQUISTE.... both for my new boutique in Brooklyn; Some beautiful moonstones waiting for a home; Photo of my husband Bill and our 2 sons. [caption id="attachment_339" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Ameythst and Gold Signature Emerald Cut Drops by Rosanne Pugliese[/caption] -Any jewelry you never take off? My stainless Cartier watch which was a gift from my husband for my 40th birthday, his mother's vintage baguette wedding band. -If you had another career, what would it be? Something in the food world. -Favorite vacation spot? Castine, Maine. [caption id="attachment_344" align="aligncenter" width="460"] Gold and Diamond Snake Ring by Rosanne Pugliese[/caption] The Rosanne Pugliese Exclusive Trunk Show will take place at our Larchmont location this coming Saturday, April 12th. Larchmont Saturday, April 12 10AM – 5:30PM 134 Larchmont Ave Larchmont, NY 10538 914.833.7333