Tell: I think we all have a few nice pieces of jewelry sitting in our jewelry box that we only wear when it matches our outfit, or for special occasions, but not everyday, right? Wouldn't it be nice if you could take that piece of jewelry that you love and take it apart and turn it into an everyday ring or add an accent piece to match your outfit each day? Just like that:Abracadabra! Well there is such a thing and I work for the company! It is called "Charlotte" in Germantown, TN. All of the jewelry is by one, fourth generation designer, Wolf Peter Schwarz from Germany. He is an amazing designer and artist and gets his inspiration from his beautiful wife, Anne Charlotte.
Not only is all of the jewelry, beautiful, genuine, and the highest of quality, but (wait for it . . .) it is INTERCHANGEABLE!! I know this is hard to grasp, it is for many until they actually see it for themselves or come in the store. Basically all of our rings, necklaces, earring, bracelets - everything is interchangeable. It is kind of like you can design your own jewelry and change it whenever you want, some do everyday. For example, someone buys one of our rings and then they can always change the center stone or add an accent piece around their stone. They can have a gemstone such as Amethyst, then change it to a Pearl, Onyx, Amber, Carnelian, Turquoise, Smoky Quartz, Diamond . . . . the list goes on and on. And those are just the stones. There are thousands of bezels and accent discs that can go under a stone. So you can have a simple pearl ring for the day, then add a diamond or sapphire bezel to your ring for night. It's fabulous! It is also fun and special because for those special occasions, such as Birthday, Anniversary, Christmas, Mother's Day, any occasion, family friends or your significant other can come in and get you a piece to add to your collection. The other great part is that there are only TWO stores in the U.S. There are well over 100 world wide, but at this time only 2 are here in the States. I personally like this because it makes it more exclusive. I am not one that likes having everything that everyone has! I like different unique things, and that is exactly what this is!
There are so many other fascinating, magical details I could tell about the jewelry and the company, but I will leave it with this last interesting fact. When the designer, Wolf Peter was young and started designing and working for his family business as a 4th generation jeweler and goldsmith, he went to work for the Royal Family of Sweden. It was there that the ladies of the Royal Family mentioned that they would love for there to be way for them to be able to take their Tiara's and turn them into a brooch when they were not wearing them. This got WP thinking and he worked and discovered a way for this to happen. So when it was necessary for certain functions, the ladies wore their Tiara's, then when they were not having to wear them, they could take the middle of their Tiara apart and wear it as a brooch! When he did this, it was like a light bulb went off in his head and it was the beginning of his inspiration to create interchangeable jewelry for all people, not just Royals.
Not only do women get to enjoy and wear the jewelry, but there are things for men: rings, bracelets, cuff links . . . all interchangeable! The photos I shared are a SMALL SMALL glimpse to all of the designs and possibilities of this jewelry world. To see more you can go to the company web-site: www.charlotte.de. Our store is on Facebook, Charlotte Fine Jewelry of Memphis - so if you are on FB too, find us and become a fan!