Gemstones Galore at E. Shaw Jewels

Gemstones Galore at E. Shaw Jewels

Although NYC is teeming with indie shops—especially when you venture below 14th Street—I always think there’s something particularly charming about visiting one of these “mom and pop” establishments that’s actually owned and operated by a mom and pop—or at least a few family members. Such was the case when I visited E. Shaw Jewels earlier this week.

The small store, with a whimsical black-and-white checkerboard floor, rests on a quiet, residential portion of Sullivan Street in SoHo and is filled with colorful precious gemstone baubles of the necklaces, earrings and bracelets variety, all displayed in glass cases with charming bronze details and tucked away in stacked cubby holes. Gazing at the colorful jewels instantly reminded me of that scene in The Goonies when Mikey revealed “One-Eyed” Willy’s prismatic treasures, which he had discreetly hidden in his rain-soaked marble bag.  

The one-of-a-kind items in this quaint shop are the brainchild of mother-daughter design duo Eva and Elizabeth “Liz” Shaw. Eva studied at the Gemological Institute of America, while her daughter, Liz, holds a BA in Art History from Santa Clara University. Their backgrounds definitely show in the finished product and right now popular pre fall merchandise includes offerings from the Bee Collection, including necklaces with honeybee pendants, honeycomb-designed cuffs and more. And, a percentage of sales goes towards the Honeybee Conservancy. Of course, there is a lot more to shop at this quaint locale, so much so that friendly staffer Alex—an aspiring actor and Eva’s son and Liz’s brother—says he often discovers new pieces each time he works at his sis and mom’s shop.

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