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A Rare Gem

Generations of jewels



photographs by Bob Capazzo

Stylish women want jewelry that’s personal, not mass-produced or made in China. And at Alma Workshops, which just moved into a sunny new showroom on Hamilton Avenue, the necklaces, earrings, bracelets and pins are not only one-of-a-kind, they’re also handcrafted right in the store. “We sit at the bench and make everything you see here,” says goldsmith and jeweler Alvaro Manriquez, who owns the shop along with his wife, Margaret Carnell. Manriquez often custom designs pieces for his clients and tailors them to ensure a perfect fit.

After three decades in the business, he has relationships with paleontologists, pearl farmers and miners, so he can source stones and pearls you won’t find elsewhere. The shop is filled with unusual pieces, such as a double-strand necklace made of rare turquoise Andes Opal from Bolivia and a pair of triple-pearl and diamond earrings with Gold, White South Sea and Gray Tahitian pearls. The workshop also does repairs and restringing of necklaces with a level of service that encourages repeat business. Says Margaret, “We’re making engagement rings now for the children of people we made engagement rings for.”

70 Hamilton Avenue, 203-869-0113

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