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Fine, fabulous jewelry for any season

Milky diamond and champagne diamond ring stacks

photographs courtesty of Faye Kim Designs

I think of jewelry shopping as a treasure hunt. Whether it's for a special occasion or simply “just because,” fine jewelry will become little treasures that you can pass on to loved ones. Some of my favorite pieces are often ones that I took a chance on–whether it was an unusual style, color or scale.

The fall/winter 2012 fashion collections have a lot of muted, sedate colors like taupe, gray and black (with the occasional jewel tone thrown into the mix)–the perfect backdrop for showstopping jewelry. These Fairfield County jewelers have spectacular baubles ranging from classic to statement pieces that will dazzle in any season.

Faye Kim Designs

One visit to Westport's Faye Kim Designs and you will be hooked. Kim's stunning jewelry will capture your mood whether it's dramatic or whimsical. Kim crafts unique designs with glittering gems, luminescent pearls in shimmering gold and sterling silver that are known for their classic timelessness.

Kim's jaw-dropping gold cuff and bangle stacks with flirty charms play on this fall's popular trend of gold vermeil plated styles.

Her raw, milky diamond and champagne diamond ring stacks can be mixed and matched to create a one-of-a-kind look. Also popular for fall are raw diamonds, champagne colored diamonds and the perennial favorite, moonstones–Kim's customers love their mystical quality and the versatility of their neutral tones. All of Faye Kim's designs can be made in other precious metals and gemstones.

190 Main Street Westport, CT (203) 226- 3511

Peridot Fine Jewelry

This Greenwich boutique is set in a quaint Victorian home. The light streams through the windows and dances off the jewelry displayed in chic, uncluttered cases. Peridot specializes in fresh interpretations of classic designs and represent a collection of unique artists, many of whom work in small studios in NY and other parts of the country. These artists design pieces by hand and use unique stones not easily available to the mass market. Peridot is hosting many Trunk Shows beginning in September and going through Christmas, featuring ten designers, including a guest trunk show by Brooke Gregson, who lives and designs in London. The designers will make public appearances at Peridot during their trunk shows. Additionally Peridot is introducing several new collections such as, Ray Griffiths' arresting and intricately woven gold pieces, and Jeanine Payer's unique engraving designs on sterling and gold.

For the fall Peridot's owner, Dawn Hendricks, is seeing “a flood of color–ruby, sapphire, emerald, as well as, deep warm earth tones highlighted by the use of rose gold and yellow gold.” Peridot also has a store in Larchmont, NY so if you see a piece on their website that you'd like to try on be sure to call the store first to make sure they have it available at their location.

112 Mason Street  Greenwich, CT 06830 (203) 629-3900

JL Rocks

Hidden out of sight from the noisy Post Road traffic, JL Rocks boutique in Westport is an intimate and impeccably decorated space. From the elegant design on the front desk to the crystal door knobs every inch is matched to perfection and entices a customer to look around. The jewelry offered at JL Rocks is no different, beautifully crafted and trendy enough to attract the most fashion forward crowds (celebrities Madonna, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Lopez and Liv Tyler are known admirers!)

For the fall, JL Rocks co-owner Jamie Camche is offering her designs in a variety of colors and stones. Sliced Sapphire necklaces and earrings make for the perfect statement piece that can be worn everyday.

For a more bright and fun choice, Jai bracelets are the go to option. Able to be stacked or worn solo, these skinny multi-colored bracelets are 18k gold and are often sold as gifts for all ages.

Looking for something more personal? A Moment in Time ID bracelets can be engraved with a momentous or significant date in time. From the longitude and latitude of a special place to your children's birthdays these are keepsakes to be remembered.

By far the most popular item in the store is monogramed everything. From gold rings to acrylic necklaces, JL Rocks offers a multitude of kinds and sizes to try. Looking for JL Rocks pieces outside of Westport? Visit Wishlist stores in Greenwich and Darien for more gorgeous designs!

292 Post Road East  Westport, CT 06880 (203) 454-4541

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