I have never been so excited for a jewelry trunk show as I am this one.  

I have a lifelong love affair with jewelry.  I am drawn to pieces that are whimsical and different. I want to wear my fine jewelry everyday and not hide it away in a safe.   

Brent Neale and Retrouvaí are the perfect designs for that. They are colorful and lively while still being exquisite quality and sophisticated.

Please come meet the jewelers in person and play in the baubles on Wednesday from 10-5pm at Elizabeth Bruns in Charlotte.

You deserve a little gift to yourself or Mother’s Day is around the corner.  

Get to know these talented designers.

Brent Neale Winston is a New York City based designer whose love of jewelry started when her mother would bring her to gem shows near her native Baltimore. After graduating from Johns Hopkins University, and with the encouragement of jewelry historian Penny Proddow, she enrolled at Fashion Institute of Technology, where she received an associates’ degree in jewelry design. There she honed her design & rendering skills studying under esteemed professors such as the late Maurice Galli.

Winston then started her jewelry career at Kara Ross New York, working directly under the eponymous designer, eventually becoming the jewelry director. Here, she oversaw the design and product development of over 25 collections, including fine jewelry, costume jewelry and runway collaborations with Tory Burch, J. Mendel & Naeem Khan, among others.

After eight years, Winston left to concentrate on her growing family and make her own mark in the jewelry industry with Brent Neale. She lives with her husband and three children in New York City, where she proudly designs and makes all her pieces.

See more on Brent Neale and Instagram

Designed by Kirsty Stone, Retrouvaí fine jewelry is handmade in Los Angeles. Created from rich 14-karat gold, vivid gemstones and radiant diamonds, each finished piece is carefully constructed, imbued with the care of time-honored techniques.

To wit: the name Retrouvaí (Reh-tro-v-eye) is derived from the French proverb ‘Retrovailles,’ defined as the joy of reconnecting with something from one’s past. This notion of wistful affection for time gone by speaks to Kirsty’s love of vintage treasures, but also to the idea that jewelry is passed down through the generations, picking up lifetimes of stories along the way.

“The Retrouvaí woman has a collector’s mentality and believes that ‘everyday’ jewelry doesn’t need to be basic. She mixes the old with the new and takes chances in fashion, without ever taking it too seriously. I like to say that my line embodies a ‘whimsical eccentricity’ — a dose of fun that still maintains an heirloom-quality — that helps a woman tell her unique story.”

See more on Retrouvaí and Instagram.

Please come see these talented ladies at Elizabeth Bruns

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