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Engagement Rings and Designer Jewelry featuring Todd Reed, Anne Sportun, Jamie Joseph and Sydney Evan



February 2016



March Staff Selections Are Here!

FACT: You will never hear a Peridot Girl complain about working day in and day out with cases full of designer jewelry.

Thanks to our familiarity with the curated collection at Peridot, we’ve all taken a turn helping that father shop for his daughter’s sweet sixteen or husband hunt for that one of a kind, memorable 10th anniversary present.  There’s the ladies who need a pick me up or to commemorate a best friend’s birthday, and we’ve sorted out them all in selecting that special gift.  But wouldn’t you like to know what we’re snapping up for ourselves?!

Below is our jewelry tell all for the month of March, because hey… we’re receiving new pieces each week and that shopping list just keeps on growing… Take a look at what we wear and what we wear it with!  #PeridotStyle

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Gold “Initial” Necklace by Annie Fensterstock, Rock Crystal Bar Necklace by Rosanne Pugliese, Gold “Small Leaf” Earrings by Caroline Ellen, Silver “Bad Ass” Cuff by Annie Fensterstock arielles office ensemble

Platinum and Diamond Leafside Ring by Cathy Waterman, Rose-cut Diamond Kite Earrings by Moritz Glik, White Gold Shimmer Necklace by Adel Chefridi

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Asymmetrical White Sapphire Necklace by Annie Fensterstock, Triple Hexagon Moonstone Bracelet by Brooke Gregson, Garnet, Sapphire & Opal Drop Earrings by Margery Hirschey

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November 2015



Winter Brides


The 1920’s Antique Bride

Muted notes of Louis Armstrong can be heard trumpeting your slow walk down the aisle, father’s arm linked with yours at the elbows.  There are tuxes with shiny lapels for rows upon rows, and bubbling champagne fountains with tiers that flow.  An Antique bride favors the understated opulence that vintage engagement rings can provide, combined with the strength of platinum and diamonds cut in the famous styles of yesteryear- most notably Asschers, Old Miners and Old Europeans.  Their color may be a touch warm, but isn’t that just grand on a frosty winter’s wedding night?

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The Blushing Bride

For the doe-eyed sweetheart amongst us who favors rose gold hues to match her icicle kissed cheeks, this winter’s Blushing Bride favors petite diamond pave halo’s with modest bands.  For a classic look, try Mark Patterson‘s round brilliant setting intended for sparkling white center stones.  For a more alternative version, Anne Sportun’s champagne pear shape is just one partridge short of perfection.  Those who love naturally inspired motifs will swoon for a stack with Cathy Waterman’s platinum side leaf band, instantly transforming your diamond ring into a bud ready to bloom in time for Spring.

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The Modern Vintage Bride

How to know if you’re a Modern Vintage Bride by answering a few simple questions:

  1. Do your table arrangements feature mercury glass hurricanes and pillar candles surrounded by magnolia leaves and white freesias?
  2. Did you letter-press your invitations with hand drawn calligraphy and metallic ink?
  3. Does your wedding dress have pockets?
  4. If your wedding dress does not have pockets, are your shoes are blue?

Anne Sportun reimagines the vintage bride with thoughtful modern flair as observed in brushed bands, milgrained bezels and plenty of pave.  Mixed metals play up a graduated diamond halo, a mock emerald shaped setting nods to the art deco movement with subtle, delineated grace.


The Golden Bride

But soft, what light… 20 karat gold casts upon a sun-missed skintone.  Yellow gold’s glow stands out amidst the frozen temperatures of the season.  Like a crackling fire fogging up the window panes, these resplendent settings warm up champagne diamonds, and even the misty shimmering grays.  Rose cut stones and hammered metal speak to ancient gold-smithing techniques perfected by Caroline Ellen and Cathy Waterman.  These styles prove that yellow gold engagement is not an outdated remnant of forgotten decades past, but an artisanal alternative to the tradtional platinum and white settings we’ve come to expect so much.

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The Simplistic Bride, The Princess Bride and The Avant Guarde Bride

Behold, if the moon was splintered into a thousand sparkling shards and gravity contained it within a single, round stone.  A’int no shame in a traditional, brilliant cut diamond ring.  No fuss for a basic bezel.  Classic femme’s opt for a pave diamond halo and side stones.  The new guard is geometric and futuristic with a milgrain throwback to eras gone by. Which #PeridotBride are you?

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November 2015



Golden Joinery from Jamie Joseph

Seattle-based jewelry designer Jamie Joseph has done it again!  Recently launching The Golden Joinery Collection, Jamie’s luxury selection highlights gemstones fused together with 22K gold much like the traditional Japanese art of mending pottery – Kintsugi. Known for her carefully selected gemstones, each piece of rough is also hand-cut and re-polished in the Jamie Joseph Studio.

In this hand-cutting & polishing process, gemstones do occasionally fracture leaving behind unusually shaped remnants of spectacular color and quality. The art of Kintsugi allows the designer to up- cycle and rethink the casualties of design. It offers something new and innovative in the fine jewelry space all the while creating a new sustainable approach to material sourcing.

Marrying the gemstones in this innovative technique further adds to the artisanal signature for which Jamie Joseph is renowned. Open-back settings showcase a thoughtful 360-degree composition with golden-joined fissures visible on the inside and outside resulting in a collection complete with precious imperfection.

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November 2015



Introducing: Colleen Mauer

It’s no surprise that San Francisco native Colleen Mauer first found her design bearings in the realm of furniture, evidenced in the subtly industrial style of her metalwork.  Inspired by texture, color and even “sound”, Colleen’s designs compliment day to evening looks and everything in between.  Celebrating simple geometries that are both casual and chic, classic and of-the-moment modern, it’s easy to see why we were drawn to this collection!  Play around with stacking rings and bangles, every piece from Colleen Mauer begs to be mixed, matched, and worn again and again.

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October 2015



The Perfect Jewelry Pairings for All Hallow’s Eve

Whether you’re dressing up for Halloween or just hoping to channel a little magic from your jewelry box, we’ve paired some of our favorite television and film characters with new jewelry pieces to complete your costume/strong female lead style aspirations.  Who would you be for a night?  What jewelry from Peridot would you choose?

The mother of dragons from Game of Thrones with Annie Fensterstock‘s scalloped pendant, Ruth Tomlinson‘s aquamarine necklace and earrings with Splash

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Annie Fensterstock “Badass” and “Fearless” cuffs with Claire from Outlander, and The Brave Collection with Homeland

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Jane The Virgin and Sydney Evan‘s cross ring, Joan from Mad Men and Temple St. Clair earrings

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October 2015



Fall has arrived at Peridot!

Gorgeous new designs have arrived in store from our celebrated designers

and we can’t wait for you to fall in love with them, too!

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Rosanne Pugliese     |     Moritz Glik

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Margery Hirschey     |     Kothari

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Adel Chefridi     |     Annie Fensterstock

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Anne Sportun     |     Workhorse

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Cathy Waterman     |     Jamie Joseph

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Sydney Evan     |     Caroline Ellen

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October 2015



Introducing: Ruth Tomlinson at Peridot

Ruth Tomlinson has arrived at Peridot and we are just swooning for her delicate, sea-inspired collection!  Romantic, original, and properly made by a bonafied British artisan, we can’t get enough of Ruth’s work.  Check out some of our favorite pieces new in store, and if her siren call lures you into Peridot for a visit, you may just get to take one of these gorgeous works of art home!


Golden coral clusters drip beyond earring posts to catch white diamonds in their grasp like silvery minnows shimmering in a net.


Light green amethysts grow from white barnacle clusters falling from delicate ear wires.


Sapphires set in gathered granulation cast every shade of deep ocean blue upon a ring finger.


Aqua pendants so lucid you could swim inside them.


Sapphire and diamond cluster earrings appear as if you opened an oyster and found them this way.


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October 2015



Get Personal with Peridot!

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October is all about telling your story through jewelry at Peridot.  In store, we have a unique selection of pieces from our most celebrated designers that are perfect for customization and engraving.  Beautiful initial and monogram necklaces commemorate a special occasion, while cuffs and rings with a personal touch perfectly express your individual style.  There are even star studded diamond zodiac charms for a less literal take on this classic concept.  Whatever direction or price point you’d like to explore, whether you’re feeling traditional or trendy, one of our specialists can help your accessories introduce you to the world.  What does your jewelry say about you?  The possibilities are endless, and all items are fully customizable according to your taste and personality.

Featuring the designs of Annie Fensterstock, Caroline Ellen, Shy by Sydney Evan and Sydney Evan Fine Jewelry, and Workhorse below.  Call the store direct at 914.833.7333 or email for details.

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Sydney Evan Pave Zodiac NecklaceCaroline Ellen 18k Greek Phrase CuffCaroline Ellen 20k 2 diamond engraved ringSydney Evan pave name necklace- custom

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September 2015



Designer Introduction: Anne Sportun

Rarely an artist comes along with a point of view that’s at once strikingly modern yet effortlessly organic, but Anne Sportun‘s collection is just this: a beautiful marriage of clean lines and natural inspiration.  Her talent to blend brushed metals with cognac and champagne diamonds, or handmade gold chain with faceted earthern gems, are just some of the many reasons we fell for her unique engagement rings and fine jewelry.  We adore Anne for her famous beaded stone wrap bracelets and her alternative bridal collection, but between us, she’s a killer chef in her sustainable, lake house kitchen and we’re suckers for a gourmet and green taste test!

Anne’s business partner and bridal aficionado will be joining us end of month (Sept. 24th-26th) for a very special, three day, Alternative Bridal event.  We’re also enrolling client’s in a $500.00 raffle, and all the details can be found in an earlier post here: RESET | RESTORE | REDESIGN with Anne Sportun

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September 2015



Peridot Style: Putting It All Together for Fall

If your BFF isn’t the jewelry editor for your favorite fashion ‘zine, giving you the heads up on new designers and seasonal product as it rolls through the halls of Hearst on the daily, then Team Peridot is here  to “daylight” as your most fashionable friend.  And every girl needs a gal pal like that.

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Above: Margery Hirschey Rectangular Zircon Organic Bezel NecklaceYasuko Azuma Black Diamond Hammered Bezel Pear Shaped Ring, and Yasuko Azuma Light Orange Natural Diamond Ring 

We have done the diligence to read every editorial, every blog post, and every market forecast, in order to curate an uncommon collection of jewelry that’s on trend for Fall.  This is the antithesis of the editorial “magazine” approach to “trend” jewelry.  We are on the hunt for pieces that are fashionably relevant now and forever.

Sometimes translating current trends means layering in a new piece to the necklaces you already wear everyday, and sometimes it’s about adding natural diamonds to stack in with your traditional bridal set.  And yes, sometimes it’s even a whole new statement earring or long, faceted strand of fine stone.

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Above: Caroline Ellen Rose-cut Faceted Pear Shaped Black Diamond Necklace and Faceted Rondelle Labradorite Necklace

Keeping up with ever changing trends should never eclipse the importance of incorporating timeless fine jewelry into your very own, signature look.  For our client’s, that can mean distinctive items that present just as beautifully over your white t-shirt and Lululemon’s when you’re picking up kid #three at school, as they do paired with feminine prints and exaggerated accessories for a lunch about town.

The right shade of nail lacquer (pictured earlier: Essie’s “Picked Perfect”) is as much a staple this September as leather fringe, cozy wrap sweaters, and vintage designer chain link purses.  We’re also seeing a huge pick up in pearls, whether on handmade gold ear wires or more casual cord necks.

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Above: Rosanne Pugliese Pink South Sea Pearl Drop Earrings, Fresh Water Pearl Drop Earrings, and Silver Baroque Pearl Pendant

At Peridot, the handcrafted jewelry we select for our clients never goes out of style.  After all, capes come and go, but a [natural] diamond is forever.  #PeridotStyle

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