Diamonds are a girl’s ideal close friend – and there is no greater matchmaker in city than Briony Raymond.
As one of Manhattan’s most sought immediately after jewelers, Briony does it all – sourcing amazingly scarce estate parts from across the world, designing bespoke and restricted edition creations for her signature Briony Raymond Assortment, dreaming up bridal treasures and reimagining heirloom pieces from her clients own jewelry containers.
Curious to know how her obsession with gems and add-ons started? Or which piece she cherishes most?
When did you slide in appreciate with all points jewellery?
I have loved jewelry for as extended as I can don’t forget! Some of my earliest, happiest memories are sitting on the ground of my mother’s dressing space with her jewellery packing containers distribute out around me… I was so enamored of all the sparkly, shiny treasures!
How would you describe your personal type?
Timeless, basic, comfortable… with an at any time evolving arsenal of hefty gold jewelry!
Has it altered a great deal about the years?
I made use of to sacrifice convenience for design and style and was often teetering about on 6 inch heels… that ship has sailed! Now I’m a loafer or wedge gal in the course of the working day when I’m jogging around the city looking at clientele and viewing our workshop. I save the towering heels for evenings out only!
What was the to start with piece of good jewellery you at any time purchased by yourself?
I try to remember so evidently the initially piece of jewelry I purchased. It was a sapphire and diamond ring that I noticed on an afternoon trip to the mall with girlfriends just one summer season in middle school. They had been hectic obsessing above outfits at Abercrombie & Fitch… while I was drooling about gems at the jewellery retail store following door! The ring was yellow gold with a few oval sapphires and minimal round diamonds concerning each stone the next I noticed it I made a decision I just could not stay devoid of it.
All summer season I did every little thing I could to gain the cash to invest in the ring, from weeding in my mum’s vegetable garden to ironing my dad’s hankies. My really obliging mom invented all types of odd positions all-around the household so that I could “earn” the cash to acquire this hallowed ring with which I had fallen in like. As summer months waned, I lastly had enough funds saved and I was SO very pleased and thrilled the day I marched into the jewellery keep and bought the ring! And to this working day, I adore sapphire and diamond rings previously mentioned all other colored gemstones and even my engagement ring is sapphire and diamond (vintage Van Cleef so a wee bit of an improve from my mall acquire!).
Do you are inclined to get things on a whim or really imagine more than a obtain?
I am absolutely extra of the “let’s get on with it” style of man or woman in all regions of my lifetime and have a tendency to make selections swiftly and do not are inclined to mull over a great deal!
I have a very very clear feeling of my possess aesthetic and know fairly swiftly if I want to acquire a little something.
When it will come to your jewellery philosophy, are you ‘less is much more,’ or ‘more is in no way ample?’
It actually depends on my temper – but normally I subscribe to the “more is by no means plenty of” philosophy.
Whose jewellery box would you love to raid?
Elizabeth Taylor’s and Rihanna’s. Radically distinct but similarly neat. I imagine Elizabeth in all probability had some of the most epic Bulgari at any time manufactured. And I enjoy Rihanna’s penchant for mixing classic and contemporary.
What is something you not often wear but will never component with?
The sapphire and diamond ring I purchased for myself!
Which piece of yours do you treasure most?
My late father’s view.
How do you hold your particular assortment structured?
If remaining to my own products, it would be total mayhem in my jewel box as I’m often stripping off appears to be to modify my jewels according to my temper! Thankfully I have an Incredible crew who can help preserve me arranged and they have all my jewelry laid out in neat trays that slide quickly in and out of the protected.
If you could only put on just one piece of jewellery for the rest of your lifetime, what would it be?
I plead the fifth!
Has there been anything you bought to offer but then could not portion with?
Oh Lordy, do not get me started off! I am hopeless! I drop in like with pieces “for inventory” all the time and then are unable to bear to provide them!!
What is actually one particular question absolutely everyone should really ask themselves prior to investing in a piece?
Do I actually like this and will I essentially Wear it?
What is actually been your biggest estate uncover?
A amazing established of Van Cleef & Arpels medallions produced for French actress Marie Belle, a trailblazing force of character who wore them just about every solitary working day! Chic, stylish, stylish and Uncommon, Unusual, Rare!!
Is there anything you might be still on the hunt for?
I am perpetually on the hunt – it is the coronary heart and soul of what I do!
What is the most significant trend you are observing as of late?
Zodiacs. Personalization. Revamping heirloom jewelry to make it fashionable and wearable all over again.
What are you most fired up for up coming?
We are at present operating on a beautiful new showroom and I’m so energized for every little thing of which I’m dreaming for the interior to occur to fruition!
[Photos courtesy Briony Raymond]