Peridot Turns 13!

This Saturday we celebrated our 13th anniversary! It's a bit crazy to think how long we've been in Larchmont, and just how far we've come. Thank you to all our amazing clients, family & friends, and of course a huge thank you to our wonderful designers- we couldn't have done it without you all!  

Below: Owner of Peridot Dawn Hendricks, Designer Caroline Ellen, and the Peridot Staff

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Storing Your Keepsakes!

Hello Fine Jewelry Lovers!   How many of you have misplaced your rings? Your earring back? That tiny pendant? I for one, have definitely experienced these unfortunate situations. But there is hope! Storing your jewelry in a safe place will solve these problems. When doing the dishes, taking a shower, gardening, etc, it's crucial to remove your jewelry. But more important is WHERE you store it. Here are some cute ideas! Top left image is our very own Peridot jewelry bowl, ordered from Paloma's Nest. We love the cute tree branch design, and of course its practicality! The bottom right image is an adorable handmade ring holder made by Darrielle's Clay Art on Etsy.com. And both the top right and bottom left antique cases are from Anthropologie.com.     pic collage      

Celebrity Jewelry: Julianna Margulies and Zoe Saldana Shine in Some Familiar Looks!

These fashionable actresses have been spotted wearing some pretty familiar styles that Peridot happens to have just stocked up on... [caption id="attachment_300" align="aligncenter" width="550"]Juliana Margulies in Emerald-Cut White-Topaz Drops Juliana Margulies in Emerald-Cut White-Topaz Drops[/caption] Juliana Margulies, at a gala honoring Hilary Clinton, sported a Pamella Roland basketweave dress with Joan Hornig white topaz emerald cut drops. For a similarly delicate yet sophisticated look, try these:   [caption id="attachment_305" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Caroline Ellen Dorian-Cut Quartz Earrings Caroline Ellen Dorian-Cut Quartz Earrings, $3375
Rosanne Pugliese Emerald-Cut White-Topaz Drops, $510
Rosanne Pugliese Emerald-Cut White-Topaz Drops, $510[/caption]
  [caption id="attachment_303" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Ray Griffiths White Topaz Emerald Cut Drops, $2630 Ray Griffiths White Topaz Emerald Cut Drops, $2630[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_299" align="aligncenter" width="650"]Zoe Saldana in Red C Diamond and Gold Triangle Earrings Zoe Saldana in Red C Diamond and Gold Triangle Earrings[/caption] Zoe Saldana looks so sweet in this Sachin+Babi backless top and full skirt--just as sweet are her gold and diamond Red C triangle earrings that pose a nice contrast to her adorable polka-dot outfit. Try these Adina Reyter triangle drops for a similar look that is all the rage right now: [caption id="attachment_302" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Adina Reyter Pave Diamond and Gold Closed Triangle Earrings, $415 Adina Reyter Pave Diamond and Gold Closed Triangle Earrings, $415[/caption] [caption id="attachment_301" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Adina Reyter Diamond and Gold Open Triangle Earrings, $390 Adina Reyter Diamond and Gold Open Triangle Earrings, $390[/caption]

Melissa Joy Manning Flagship Store Opening!

The lovely Melissa Joy Manning celebrated the opening of her new 4500 square foot flagship store at 12 Wooster Street last week. The sustainable jewelry designer achieved her dream green space with the help of a Kickstarter collection which ultimately helped fund this amazing multi-functional space. "I just really wanted to create a vision for the brand that was tangible so people could understand where we're coming from,” said Manning. The space will carry other sustainable designers and friends of Manning such as Pamela Love, Blair Brown, Judy Geib, and Mark Davis. We are huge fans of the brand (we carry it at our Larchmont location), and absolutely love Manning’s green and sustainable vision. To Manning, knowing the source and origins of all her raw materials is incredibly important—and she is inspired by the beauty and shape of her organic, raw materials, resulting in an earthy and edgy look. Manning has said that "[her] jewelry is not an accessory, but an expression”—she believes that all jewelry can evoke emotion and can mean something different to each individual that wears her pieces. Here are some of our favorites (click on image for more product information): [caption id="attachment_288" align="aligncenter" width="600"]14 Karat Yellow Gold Asymmetrical Prong-Set Pyrite Post Earrings 14 Karat Yellow Gold Asymmetrical Prong-Set Pyrite Post Earrings[/caption] [caption id="attachment_289" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Oxidized Sterling Silver Necklace with Freeform Ocean Jasper Pendant Oxidized Sterling Silver Necklace with Freeform Ocean Jasper Pendant[/caption] [caption id="attachment_291" align="aligncenter" width="600"]14 Karat Yellow Gold Hammered Ring with Large Prong-Set Herkimer Diamond. 14 Karat Yellow Gold Hammered Ring with Large Prong-Set Herkimer Diamond.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_286" align="aligncenter" width="600"]14 Karat Yellow Gold and Oxidized Sterling Silver Cuff Bracelet with Obsidian Calcite 14 Karat Yellow Gold and Oxidized Sterling Silver Cuff Bracelet with Obsidian Calcite[/caption] [caption id="attachment_285" align="aligncenter" width="600"]14 Karat Yellow Gold Large Single Drop Earrings with Labradorite Briolettes. 14 Karat Yellow Gold Large Single Drop Earrings with Labradorite Briolettes.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_287" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Herkimer Diamond on Oxidized Sterling Silver Open Hammered Cuff Bracelet. Herkimer Diamond on Oxidized Sterling Silver Open Hammered Cuff Bracelet.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_290" align="aligncenter" width="600"]14 Karat Yellow Gold and Oxidized Sterling Silver Ring with Bezel-Set Asymmetrical Smooth Rutilated Quartz. 14 Karat Yellow Gold and Oxidized Sterling Silver Ring with Bezel-Set Asymmetrical Smooth Rutilated Quartz.[/caption]

Peridot Love Stories: Tracy and Thomas

Just last week, Peridot finally revealed what we have been working on diligently for the past year: our exclusive Bridal Collection. Dawn Hendricks, our owner, has searched for years now to complete this custom curated collection, with each and every ring chosen because of it's incredible handiwork, individuality, and utter beauty. We have selected a handful of designers to debut in our Bridal Collection, each representing a sector of the bridal market, and each exuding a specific look and feeling that a woman would fall head over heels for. [caption id="attachment_208" align="aligncenter" width="904"]Engagement ring bridal Anne Sportun Anne Sportun Ring[/caption] We are so, so delighted to introduce our lovely and talented Bridal designers, each with a distinct and unique point of view: Annie Fensterstock,  Anne SportunCaroline EllenMark PattersonTodd Reed, and the one-of-a-kind Peridot Vintage Collection. To officially kick off our launch, we have decided to start a mini-series on our Peridot Brides, entitled Peridot Love Stories. To start, we interviewed one of our recent beautiful brides and a very close friend of Peridot's: the beautiful Tracy Rodriguez Forbes! Tracy and her husband Thomas were married in August of 2012 with a gorgeous ceremony at Le Chateau in South Salem, New York. We sat down with Tracy and asked her all about her ring, the wedding, and her husband! [caption id="attachment_198" align="aligncenter" width="950"]Colorful professional wedding photo The beautiful bride and groom![/caption] How did the two of you meet?: We met at Boston University. We were both in the undergrad business school and were assigned on a team together our freshman year. Even though Thomas was extremely shy at the time (shocker if you meet him in recent years), we became fast friends. We didn’t start dating until two years later – it pays to be best friends first! Where and how did he propose? Thomas proposed to me on a trip to Southeast Asia which means that he had to go through airport security with the ring in hand, and a 10 hour flight, just praying that I wouldn’t find it. He broke a sweat when he saw it on the x-ray screen! Apparently my ring had been in the hands of almost every female family member I have in order for it to get to Thomas before our trip. I like to think they all blessed it before it got to me!

Black and White Wedding

What do you love about your ring?: What do I not love?! It’s unique. It’s artsy. It’s creative. It’s couture. It’s gold.  It has a different kind of diamond. Dawn will tell you that I was really lost with what I actually wanted in my ring in terms of extra traits, measurements, etc. I just gave her – artsy, different, gold, doesn’t have to be a diamond – and she came up with the most incredible ring for me. I had no idea what that would be until she showed me. It’s perfect. I love it. [caption id="attachment_203" align="aligncenter" width="950"] Engagement Ring and Bands by Anne Sportun Fine Jewelry.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_219" align="aligncenter" width="950"]White Topaz and Diamond Earrings by Ray Griffiths White Topaz and Diamond Earrings by Ray Griffiths[/caption] What’s one thing you love about him?: He is a big believer in paying it forward! …He’s also loving, funny, smart, kind, a great husband, etc. etc. etc. That’s a tough question to answer succinctly!

Wedding picture

Use one word to describe what kind of bride you are: Grateful. What made you choose Peridot?: I didn’t even consider anywhere else! I knew Dawn would find the perfect ring for me. I am complimented on my ring daily and it’s been 2 years since Thomas proposed! I am approached by everyone; they all fall in love with it. Funny situations include an intimate yoga workshop where another student stopped to ask me if that was my engagement ring and tell me how unique and amazing it was. Another time at our local market, the soup lady actually gasped and grabbed my hand, messy gloves and all to admire it! I get compliments from everyone I talk to. They are all so intrigued because it’s not your typical ring. I couldn’t love it more!   And we couldn't be happier! Tracy's stunning ring is by the lovely Anne Sportun. It is an 18 Karat Yellow Gold Ring with a Horizontal Faceted Natural White Diamond Prong Set in a Pave Diamond Bezel. Tom and Tracy's bands are also by Anne Sportun. Tracy's dress is Pronovias, her make-up is by Sarah Giggar, and her hair is by Melissa Scrofani. Her earrings are by Ray Griffiths. All photography is by Rebecca and Mike Garone of  Garone Photography.   *If you are in the midst of or about to begin your search for the perfect ring, please do not hesitate to contact me at chloe@peridotfinejewelry.com or give us a call at (914) 833-7333. We offer our expert consultation services, and in addition to our carefully curated collection of engagement rings, women's bands and men's bands, we are also here to take any custom designs and requests as well as remounting, redesign, and more! At Peridot, we like to think of ourselves as the gateway to the fluid line of communication between client and artist, and we are here to help you discover the ring you've always dreamed of.*  

Meet Goldsmith and Gem-Guru Annie Fensterstock

Annie Fensterstock is a master goldsmith with a distinct style that is difficult to discover elsewhere. Using a style reminiscent of ancient artisans, her particular technique dates back centuries, while her style remains incredibly current and modern. Annie uses delicious and rich candy colored gemstones that sit beautifully amongst her radiant yellow gold and dark and moody oxidized metals. Her work ranges from gorgeous eye-catching ornamented pendants, to simple hammered wedding bands and diamond encrusted engagement rings. Annie has been quoted to say that, through her work, she seeks “to re-imagine and reinterpret the past,” and fuse the ancient world with the vitality of the modern world--and we just love that that. Annie’s bold aesthetic is unlike anything else, her stones deliciously unusual, and her pieces unique and show-stopping. [caption id="attachment_165" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]Oxidized and Hammered Sterling Silver Cuff with Diamond and Gold Detail and Boulder Opal Oxidized and Hammered Sterling Silver Cuff with Diamond and Gold Detail and Boulder Opal[/caption] This weekend, we will be hosting Annie in all her glory at her trunk show on Friday and Saturday in Greenwich and in Larchmont! For a truly unique look, come check out Annie’s collection—not only does she have lovely jewelry, but her bridal collection is breathtakingly beautiful—lovely diamond and stone work. We are OBSESSED with this “halo reprise” diamond engagement ring: [caption id="attachment_166" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]Annie Fensterstock Halo Reprise Diamond Engagement Ring Annie Fensterstock Halo Reprise Diamond Engagement Ring[/caption]   Hope to see you at the Trunk!   Tomorrow, Friday, November 8th 112 Mason Street Greenwich, CT 06830 10 AM-5:30 PM   Saturday, November 9th 134 Larchmont Avenue Larchmont, NY 10538 10 AM-5:30 PM

Anne Sportun Trunk Show!

We are so, so excited for our Anne Sportun Trunk Show at our Larchmont, New York location this weekend! We have always believed in  a fluid line of creation and communication between what the client envisions and what the artist can craft, and are beginning to really dive into bespoke bridal pieces or the modernizing of heirloom pieces. [caption id="attachment_142" align="aligncenter" width="430"]White Gold "Louisa" Ring by Anne Sportun with Pave Diamond Shoulders White Gold "Louisa" Ring by Anne Sportun with Pave Diamond Shoulders[/caption] We have carried Anne Sportun’s collection for years, and are thrilled to present her lovely bridal collection as well as offer the exciting opportunity to reset and redesign your own ring. We offer the very unique and special opportunity to simply pick out the setting you want, and pop your diamond right into it! Easy as pie and an absolutely beautiful alternative to your current ring. Join us for 2 special days where Anne's business partner, Barb, will unveil Anne's complete Collection, featuring all-new designs andone-of-a-kind pieces! Barb will take any custom design requests--this is the perfect opportunity to redesign your ring or re-purpose any heirloom pieces you may have! [caption id="attachment_143" align="aligncenter" width="430"]Gorgeous one-of-a-kind Blue Sapphire and White Pave Diamond White Gold Ring by Anne Sportun Gorgeous one-of-a-kind Blue Sapphire and White Pave Diamond White Gold Ring by Anne Sportun[/caption] Not only will Barb have Anne's complete collection, but she will also present the coveted Bridal Collection--beautifully and intricately handcrafted pieces that truly symbolize everlasting love. [caption id="attachment_145" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]Hematite and 18 Karat Yellow Gold Beaded Wrap Bracelet by Anne Sportun Hematite and 18 Karat Yellow Gold Beaded Wrap Bracelet by Anne Sportun[/caption] Can't wait to you see you there! Friday, November 1st  &  Saturday, November 2nd 10 AM to 5:30 PM 134 Larchmont Avenue Larchmont, NY 10538 t. 914.833.7333 [caption id="attachment_146" align="aligncenter" width="403"]Peridot owner Dawn Hendricks, Anne Sportun, and Barb Kelly Peridot owner Dawn Hendricks, Anne Sportun, and Barb Kelly[/caption]

Peridot in Elle Magazine!

New York's own Caroline Ellen was featured on Elle.com's 50 Fall Editors' Fall Favorites. We carry this gorgeous Labradorite and 20 Karat Yellow Gold Pendant Necklace exclusively at our Greenwich location--and let me tell you--it looks GREAT on.

Caroline Ellen Jewelry

"I love how it has that same internal light as an opal, but a darker, cooler aspect." --we couldn't have said it better ourselves!

Jamie Joseph Rings: Gotta Catch 'em All

Jamie Joseph is crazy about stones. We don't know anyone--and by that we really mean anyone--who can decide which of Jamie Joseph's incredible rings she likes best. Iridescent blues, shimmery moonstones, sexy black druzys, chocolate moonstones, any hues that match eyes and outfits and moods. Jamie Joseph's stones are deliciously wearable, and you really won't be able to decide... but force yourself, you'll love how it feels to wear your happy mood on your fingers. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="534"]Jamie Joseph Trunk Show Case Trunk Show Case--Sapphire, Emeralds, Opals, Grey Moonstone, Aquamarine, Peruvian Opal, Carnelian Galore![/caption]
Her jewelry studio uses over 140 varieties of stone, and her husband, Jeremy Joseph, cuts them himself! For Jamie, each stone has its own mystical journey to that stunning piece of jewelry you’re rocking. Each stone is cut to include each unique inclusion or imperfection, and highlight its stunning one-of-a-kind beauty. Jamie Joseph pieces are all about finding the right form for each stone to create light and exemplify each stones organic framework. [caption id="attachment_82" align="aligncenter" width="612"]We're having a blue moment: blue tanzanite, sapphire, Australian Boulder Opal We're having a blue moment: blue tanzanite, sapphire, Australian Boulder Opal[/caption] Not only is Jamie using unbelievably unique, stunning stones (they’re more like pieces of treasure—or rock candy, as we like to call them at Peridot)—99% of the gold they use is recycled and all diamonds are conflict free. With a Jamie, you’re not only being the most stylish chick on the block, you’re also supporting a great, eco-friendly designer in the game, and wearing pieces that celebrities such as Naomi Watts and Cameron Diaz would drool over! [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="1024"]Rock Candy--Carnelian, Aquamarine, Amethyst, Emerald, Pink Tourmaline, Quartz Rock Candy--Carnelian, Aquamarine, Amethyst, Emerald, Pink Tourmaline, Quartz[/caption] Each stunning stone is its own little work of art—buy yours today!

Fall Trends!

[caption id="attachment_18" align="aligncenter" width="300"]73c5261731c82107f081f59f029447c8 fall in new york city.[/caption]   Is there anything people love talking about more than how much they LOVE fall?! It truly is magical though: the way the sun hits the slowly browning leaves at around 4pm, piping hot pumpkin spice lattes (cliche, we know), mahogany leather and cashmere, boots, and deep-jewel tones for your wardrobe and of course--your jewelry. Thankfully, rich yellow gold is PERFECT for the burnt-sienna theme of fall, and it seems as though the maple colored leaves are influencing our designers for fall 2013... First off--and we've been gushing about this a lot--we are absolutely obsessed with cognac diamonds. Of course, a white diamond will never go out of style--after all, a diamond IS forever--but why not check out a gorgeous, deep, chocolate-colored alternative? Cognacs are warm, inviting, and give off an eye catching hue that is hard to not love. Anne Sportun, a favorite of ours, is a fan of cognacs, as is the lovely Caroline Ellen. [caption id="attachment_17" align="aligncenter" width="300"]565034_10151681304933063_865479014_n anne sportun cognac diamonds.
[/caption]   Riffing off of the champagne, chocolatey diamonds, we are also loving our new Jamie Joseph smokey quartz and brown sapphire necklaces--the dark illustrous tones are flattering on absolutely anyone not to mention incredibly eye catching. Jamie Joseph is a pro at finding colorways for every season--her stones are unlike ANY we've seen before. They're all one-of-a-kind, and Jamie quite literally crafts her designs around each stone--continuing with our smoky brown/cognac theme, we're loving this faceted Carnelian ring, as well as this--and we're not making this name up--rose-cut Blood Tiger's Eye oval cocktail ring. Don't you wish you had 100 fingers to wear every single one of Jamie's designs!? [caption id="attachment_22" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Z_JJ-RL2OH jamie joseph faceted carnelian ring[/caption] [caption id="attachment_21" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Z_JJ-RL100OR jamie joseph blood tiger's eye rose-cut ring[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_16" align="aligncenter" width="300"]photo from right to left: caroline ellen 20 karat star-set cognac diamond earrings, jamie joseph smoky quartz necklace, jamie joseph bi-color quartz ring, jamie joseph chocolate moonstone ring, caroline ellen cognac diamond studs.[/caption]