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Costume: Arlyn’s Fine Accessories
Woodbridge, (203) 387-5498 (arlynsfineaccessories.net)
To shop for brand-name jewelry in a small, friendly boutique environment, look no further than Arlyn’s. Annette Norton opened her business in 1998 as Woodbridge’s first specialty accessory shop; today, it’s a favorite local shopping destination, where you can pick up bangles by Alex and Ani, necklaces by Dogeared and Brighton, rings by Seasonal Whispers and more. Keep Arlyn’s in mind when you want to give a special gift: The shop is known for its signature elaborate gift wrapping.
Estate: Peter Suchy Jewelers
Stamford, (203) 327-0024 (petersuchyjewelers.com)
Peter Suchy has been Connecticut’s top source for estate jewelry for over 30 years. His Stamford store is a veritable jewelry museum, jam-packed with rings, necklaces, earrings, bracelets and other treasures in all price ranges and from every time period—Art Deco, Victorian, Retro, from circa 1700 to the present. He has a fine selection of watches too, including Patek Philippe, Acheron, Cartier and Rolex, and has recently introduced his own Peter Suchy line.
Greenwich, (203) 869-0124 (betteridge.com)
The lovely facade of this Greenwich Avenue shop, established in 1897, is as polished as the jewelry inside. This fourth-generation family business carries designer jewelry by Bulgari, Ivanka Trump, Seaman Schepps, Van Cleef & Arpels, estate jewelry by Cartier, Harry Winston and Tiffany & Co., and a host of top watch brands. You can also have your own pieces designed, engraved and repaired. The store itself has been designated a historic landmark by the Greenwich Historical Society and is one of the few remaining independent retailers on Greenwich Avenue.
Handcrafted: Silver Ribbon
Westport, (203) 226-9320
Predominantly a silver boutique at one time, Westport’s Silver Ribbon has expanded its reach over the years. Now, in addition to silver and gold, it boasts a large selection of imaginative and reasonably priced designs in brass, aluminum, bronze and lightweight iron, plus leather, glass and stone. Bold creations by local artists and craftsmen enhance the collection. Splashy pendants, lacy earrings, ample cuffs, creative rings and things—surprises arrive regularly, so it’s best to visit the shop’s Facebook page often. In new digs on the Post Road, the store continues to welcome custom work and special orders. Fine repair work is also available.
Watches: Lenox Jewelers
Fairfield, (203) 374-6157 (lenox-jewelers.com)
Lenox has been in the jewelry biz since 1936 so it’s no wonder they’re at the top of their game. Watches—or “timepieces,” as they’re more genteely referred to on the website—are a major aspect of that business. Lenox carries 15 different brands altogether and has one of the largest selections of Swiss watches in the region, including Cartier, Rolex, Omega, Breitling, Baume & Mercier, Raymond Weil, Victorinox Swiss Army and others. They also offer battery replacement, cleaning, strap replacement, polishing or replacement of crystals and mechanism repairs.
From the modern sophistication of Wave to the Victorian sweetness of Peppergrass & Tulip, here are some great gift shops that offer must-haves of different kinds.
At Home in the Country
Salisbury, (860) 435-8087
Beautiful Things Interiors & Gifts
Somers, (860) 265-7855 (shopbtig.com)
Old Lyme, (860) 434-3562 (thebowerbird.com)
Pomfret, (860) 928-5492 (celebrationsshoppes.com)
Farmington, (860) 677-7568 (designforumgallery.com)
Elegant Touch Fine Gifts
Cheshire, (203) 250-1165 (elegantouchfinegifts.net)
Elizabeth Richard Gifts
Waterbury, (203) 754-4438 (elizabethrichardgifts.com)
Willimantic, (860) 456-2775 (hootgifts.com)
Mix Design Store
Guilford, (203) 453-0202 (mixdesignstore.com)
Southbury, (203) 264-7333 (newburyplace.com)
Peppergrass & Tulip
Mystic, (860) 536-1516 (mysticshops.tv/peppergrass-grass)
Middletown, (860) 704-0607
Vintage Garden Gifts
Fairfield, (203) 292-5450 (vintagegardengifts.com)
New Haven, (203) 782-6212 (wavenewhaven.com)