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This Designing Jeweler Shares Her Secrets for a Life Well-Lived

Marisa Perry tries to do something kind for someone at least once every day.

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Marisa Perry, Marisa Perry Atelier, New York, NY

MARISA PERRY is co-founder and co-owner of Marisa Perry Atelier, a jewelry design house and retail store in New York City’s West Village. Marisa and her husband and business partner, Douglas Elliott, specialize in diamond jewelry with special expertise in wedding jewelry.


What do you like best about your store’s location? 

Everything! The sunlight, the neighborhood’s vibe, dining and shopping options, and most of all the clientele. 

Describe your perfect day off.

Having a quiet morning with coffee and a newspaper, then having a beautiful lunch with my husband, then taking a a hike down to the beach with my dog for some swimming together.  

What’s the one thing you wish you’d known when you started your business? 

I wish I had not let people undermine me, take my power and help themselves to my resources. 

Name one thing hardly anyone knows about you. 

I make sure that I do something kind for someone at least once, each and everyday. 

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What is the best advice you’ve ever received about anything. 

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Oh yes … and “Eat your vegetables!” 

Do you have any secret talents?

I am a super taster! I can pick out flavors and ingredients in things that most people (including chefs) might not notice. 

If you weren’t in jewelry retail what do you think you’d be doing? 

I would be a sommelier at a 3-Star Michelin Restaurant. 

How do you make shopping a fun experience for your clients? 

We treat their visit as a celebratory occasion! And we make them feel at home with beverage in hand and welcome and answer their questions and concerns. 

What have you learned about millennial bridal clients? 

They love participating in the making of their own unique ring. 

What is your biggest challenge in retail? 

To continually drive traffic to our shop. 

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This Pennsylvania Designer/Retailer Is a Homebody and a Planner

She doesn’t wait for chances, she goes for it!

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Alexis Kletjian

Alexis Kletjian Fine Jewelry, Kennett Square, PA

Jewelry designer Alexis Kletjian launched her first collection in 2011 and began selling her gold creations directly to collectors. Her first trade show was the New Designer Gallery at JA New York, where she was awarded the prestigious Mort Abelson New Designer of the Year Award in 2016. She opened her retail gallery in Kennett Square, PA, in September 2017, where her location became a destination for custom fine jewelry and heirloom redesign in an inviting, no-pressure environment.

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Why This Salsa-Dancing, Scuba-Diving Jeweler Loves to Live Like A Tourist

Florida jewelry sales pro loves being part of her customers’ milestones.

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Jillian Hornik
Jae’s Jewelers,Coral Gables, FL

Jillian Hornik is sales manager at Jae’s Jewelers in Coral Gables, FL. She love scuba diving, salsa dancing and dogs, and is a graduate gemologist and an AGS registered jeweler.

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This Amateur Photographer, Craft Beer Enthusiast and Passionate Cook Is Also a Jeweler

She hates the concept of birthstones because they limit people’s creativity.

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Casey Gallant Stephen Gallant Jewelers, Orleans, MA

Casey has spent nearly 20 years working with her father, Steve, at the store he opened 42 years ago on Cape Cod. She earned her G.G. from GIA Carlsbad in 2001, was named one of the “40 Under 40” by Cape & Plymouth Business in 2013, and serves on the Next Generation Advisory Board for the Independent Jewelers Organization.


What is your geographical history? 

I was born and raised on Cape Cod with short stints in Virginia, Spain and California. 

How did you get into the business? 

As a daughter of a jeweler I took the indirect route: I went to college to become Indiana Jones, graduated with a degree in Spanish film before finally going to GIA Carlsbad. 

What do you like to do in your spare time? 

I love to be in or on the water (salt please) or up in the mountains of New Hampshire. 

What is your favorite color? 

Gold! 

What are your hidden talents? 

I am an amateur photographer, semi-pro craft beer enthusiast and a passionate cook. 

Tell us your pet peeve about jewelry. 

I hate the concept of birthstones because it limits people’s creativity. Forget the rules! Wear it if you like it. 

Describe your personal jewelry style. 

I like my jewelry like my personality – big and bold! 

What is your biggest challenge at work? 

Earning customers’ trust, but it is absolutely the most rewarding part of my job. 

5 things on my desk: 

A mug of Ron Swanson as Mona Lisa, a bobblehead of Dougal Mackenzie, coffee, edge reports and my loupe .

3 things on my to-do-list: 

Schedule social media posts, work on my “one-of-a-kind collection, take a vacation. 

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