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.*  

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]