I’m an absolute sucker for jewelry, particularly the big, glitzy statement-making kind. So is my friend K. She has discovered a jewelry designer, Raquel Castillo, who makes new pieces from vintage jewelry that she finds at flea markets. Think jumbles of rhinestone pins (she loves flowers and birds) on a tangle of chain and pearls. The results are pretty spectacular.
K hosted a breakfast this week in her gorgeous UWS pre-war apartment and had a capsule collection of Raquel’s jewelry available to ogle and yes, purchase. Her prices are really reasonable; almost TOO reasonable–earrings were as low as $25 and I got an enormous, ornate necklace for less than $100. Snap some up on her Etsy shop before she figures out that she can charge twice as much. See more pictures here: