Gems Galore


You could drive from store to store, searching for just the right piece of jewelry to update your personal look. Or you could walk into Nice Ice Fine Jewelry, near the corner of King and Market Streets, and turn your problem over to Marilyn Hoffman.

Marilyn, who started Nice Ice Fine Jewelry almost 40 years ago, knows her stuff. And that’s saying a lot considering the number and variety of necklaces, rings, bracelets and brooches that fill the store. In addition to popular designers such as Rudolf Friedman, Slane & Slane, Judith Ripka and Charriol, Marilyn carries older pieces—some from estates. (She began her career collecting antique jewelry and still finds rarities today.) And don’t miss Marilyn’s custom designs, which have earned her high praise.

On a recent visit, she quickly sized up my personal style (“You’d look fabulous in diamond hoops”), then pulled out some possibilities. But in this shop, it’s easy to get distracted. Soon I was admiring brooches— in particular, a perky owl with bulging turquoise eyes and feathers of white enamel.

Brooches, off the radar for so many years, are making a comeback, with the Duchess of Cambridge leading the way. And why not? They are a great way to add sparkle to winter coats or dresses or to call attention to a gathered waistline.

Traditionalists love the bow-tie brooch, and Marilyn pulled out a beauty. Two undulating ribbons of diamonds, one on top of the other, stepped down to a detachable teardrop-shaped pearl. The pin could be configured either as a brooch or a pendant.

With so much selection at every price point, Nice Ice Fine Jewelry is a great place to start your holiday shopping.