When it comes to antique jewelry, I have only one person I go to and trust for everything: Russell Whitmore of Erie Basin. Since its opening in 2006 I’ve been a devoted fan and customer, primarily because Russell not only has interesting – and unique – taste in jewelry (and choice home goods as well), but he always is incredibly knowledgeable about each piece and the history behind it. I’ve learned more from Russell about mourning jewelry, mirrors and how people used to make faux-gemstones by layering colored paper under glass (so beautiful) than from any other source and the passion behind his shop is palpable. I’ve always wondered what Russell’s day-to-day life was like, so I’m thrilled to get a peek inside his life today. Thanks so much to Russell and his family for opening their home to us! xo, grace
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I leave midtown Manhattan and hustle back to Brooklyn to open up by noon.