Every piece of jewelry reveals something about the woman wearing it. Perhaps it is a secret she is hiding in a heart-shaped locket or a sense of longing reflected in a delicately filigreed brooch. A woman’s jewelry is deeply rooted in the intimate, and her choices are clues that communicate in a language like no other.
The designers at Van Atkins Jewelers in New Albany, Mississippi, are masterful interpreters of fine jewelry and its many facets, personalizing vintage, antique, and estate pieces with touches great and small. “Perhaps you have a beautiful piece in hand, but you want something new—a redesign or a little facelift of an old favorite. They are able to take your timeless gems and create a beautiful new masterpiece,” says one especially pleased client. A personal approach is part and parcel of the service, beginning with a lengthy vetting process that ultimately yields a one-of-a-kind necklace, pendant, ring, brooch, or bracelet, says designer Tracy Holton-Garrett. “Jewelry is a completely emotional thing—it has nothing to do with the mundane,” Tracy says. “Memories may fade, but jewelry is timeless—a permanent reminder of a favorite person, place, or period in the past. Our five senses are so strong, connecting us to our memories. I want that special diamond or that special stone to be a constant and sensory emblem of joy.”
So many women inherit beautiful family pieces that may look a little dated. Tracey Holton-Garrett of Van Atkins Jewelers passes on her knowledge regarding the art of redesigning antiques in the video below. For more information on Van Atkins Jewelers’ custom designs, visit their site at www.vanatkins.com.
Text Stacey Norwood
“Cast Your Pearls” can be found on page page 94 of the January/February 2008 issue of Victoria.