BY JANICE LLANES FABRY
A newly opened and very stylish shop brings extra sparkle to downtown Rye this holiday season. Vincents Fine Jewelry co-owner Vincent Perugini says his selections are “for the fashionable woman who understands trends, recognizes craftsmanship, and wants to express herself with fine jewelry.”
When Perugini leased the prime retail space formerly occupied by Gallery 52 at 81 Purchase Street, he was keenly aware of the importance of creating a space and a mood. He achieved a “relaxed luxury” with the help of local interior designer Nina Draddy, who transformed the former art gallery into a sleek, modern space that manages to be inviting and comfortable as well.
An elegant showroom with neutral tones and a three-arm brass chandelier allows the jewelry to speak for itself. Behind that lies a client room with a similar palette, muted sculptures, and deep purple/black lacquer walls.
Vincent has an affinity for this world as his father Thomas Perugini was in the jewelry manufacturing business. He also possesses a natural design sensibility and loves studying fashion trends and often being ahead of the curve.
In addition, for over a decade, Vincent worked in consumer marketing. “We have a deep understanding of who our client is,” he said.
When the patriarch suggested they open a store together, Vincent was on board. They owned a successful store in Pelham for five years before moving to Rye, which was always on their radar, this fall.
“Rye is a community of like-minded, smaller businesses and the town is bustling. Purchase Street is iconic in Westchester County with its good synergy, restaurants, and easy access,” said Perugini, a city dweller who hops on a Metro- North train every day. “We wanted to expand our reach with more foot traffic.”
Vincents Jewelry is committed to supporting independent, emerging artists. The shop is designer-focused, and Perugini is always “on the hunt for what’s new and what’s fun, interesting, and hot.”
He meticulously curates his collection by following designers, attending couture shows, and scouring social media. Currently, he’s focusing on 14- and 18- carat gold jewelry. As far as trends, yellow gold, chain necklaces, chunky and bold pieces, and medallions are in.
Perugini generally works with designers from New York, California, and Chicago. He has carried Spinelli Kilcollin since day one. The line is architectural in design and boasts versatile interlocking rings of varying widths. Recently, the collection has incorporated diamonds.
Storrow offers one-of-a-kind collectibles inspired by heirloom pieces, celebrating nostalgia and a romantic Victorian aesthetic. The line includes a variety of diamond charms with circle lapis, blue sapphire, enamel military emblems, labradorite, and crescent opals.
Dana Rebecca’s line is classic and well-priced. Delicate layering of necklaces, baguette sapphire and gemstone rings, diamond hoops, and mini-huggies abound. ParkFord jewelry experiments with new motifs and pops of colored gems. Ray Griffiths incorporates old world crownwork into modern-day pieces.
“I like jewelry that speaks to me, that tells a story along with what you’re wearing,” said Perugini.
He invites one and all to two upcoming trunk shows. Dana Rebecca will be in the store December 17, and Ray Griffiths on December 21. Look for pop-up and piercing events in the near future, too.
<Vincents is open Monday through Saturday from 10-6. For more information, call 235-5000, visit Vincents-NY.com, or follow @VincentsFineJewelry on Instagram.>