Shop News

  • Making a piece of jewelry, like nurturing a relationship, is a labor of love.

    February 3rd, 2014

    We make nearly every piece of jewelry by hand, from the beginning sketch to the final polish.

    For a goldsmith, the creative process has moments of inspiration, smooth sections, roadblocks, struggles and breakthroughs.  There’s a wonderful satisfaction, and sometimes giddiness, when one really gets it right.

    With Valentine’s Day coming, it dawns on us that the energy we put into working on a relationship with a partner is not all that different.  We set out with good intentions, and through dedication and thoughtfulness and action, we create something lasting and beautiful.   And definitely worth everything we put in it!

    How fitting, then, that our first video – in what we plan to be a video series that illustrates how we work – is the process of making a sweet Valentine Heart Pendant.  We kept it short and simple, showing the essentials of the materials, tools, and methods we use to make jewelry.  The result: an 18k and ruby jewel for a woman you love.

    This video is dedicated to Geraldine’s good friend, fellow jeweler Ro Trainor, who is educating the next generation of jewelry makers at North Bennet Street School in Boston – where Geraldine got her basic training all those years ago… :-)

  • Our new “Ring Salon”

    December 17th, 2013

    We finally did it: After three years in our new location, and countless wonderful design consultations with clients, we figured out how best to use the cozy section at the back of our gallery, next to the large glass wall of our on-site workshop. A “Ring Salon”!

    Here, we built an intimate room-within-a-room to house three cases filled with our original rings… gemstone rings, diamond rings, wedding bands, “fabulous fifty” rings, and stacking bands. We added a square table and four plush chairs for talking, drawing, designing and planning. And, best of all, we put a selection of our designs on the wall in the form of large canvases, because… well… jewelry is small, and sometimes it’s easier to talk about the difference between a bezel and a prong setting when you can see big pictures!

    The Ring Salon at Fairbank and Perry Goldsmiths

    Since we completed this special consultation area, we have discovered that it is also a great place to show collections of gemstones, to talk about ideas for a custom piece (not just rings, by the way), and try jewelry on in a relaxed setting. Often, we find that there’s enough room for partners and kids to get involved, too, which makes for a lively time, indeed. Everyone has opinions!

    So, next time you feel like commissioning a new piece of jewelry, know that there’s a new comfy place full of inspiring ideas to start the process, while you watch us at work in the studio. (Now we just have to try hard to keep it clean…)

  • Fairbank and Perry Goldsmiths enters the digital age!

    December 3rd, 2013

    After 30 years of sending out postcards during the holiday season, this year we’ve decided to commit to a more eco-friendly way of reminding you that we exist!

    Rather than sending you emails without your permission, we’d rather you tell us you approve.

    So… you can sign up right now by clicking here, or, if you need some convincing…

    Here are five great reasons to sign up:

    ONE: We promise not to flood your Inbox! – Really. We love designing and making jewelry much more than sending emails. So, we’ll keep it to about one per month (maybe with a little cheating around the holidays!).

    TWO: You can unsubscribe anytime. – We want you always to be happy to hear from us. If that changes, you can make us stop.

    THREE: You’ll see pretty pictures of our best work… and read interesting stories about what inspired it.

    FOUR: You might learn something new… about jewelry-making, jewelry-wearing, gemstones, or what’s happening around Concord – especially if it’s artsy!

    FIVE: You might learn something about US… your friendly neighborhood goldsmiths. That way, the next time you’re inspired to design something special for yourself or someone you love, we won’t feel like strangers!

    Talked you into it, didn’t we? You won’t be sorry. Please CLICK HERE to sign up!

    Thank you very much!

  • Facebook? What’s that? ;-)

    May 4th, 2013

    Yes, you can now Find Us [And Like Us] on Facebook! Years behind the rest of the 21st Centtury world, we’re finally realizing that there’s something out there called social media. We don’t know how often or what we’ll be posting, but we’re always working on commissions for clients and creating new pieces for our cases; from time to time we’ll take a snapshot or share our ideas and inspirations with you… on Facebook!

  • Ladies Night Out – Spring 2012

    July 1st, 2012

    This past spring, we were pleased to participate in the Ladies Night Out Fashion Show at the Nashawtuc Country Club in Concord, presented by the Concord Chamber of Commerce.  This is a lively and colorful annual event, showcasing the latest spring fashions from some of the wonderful independent boutiques that make up Concord’s unique shopping districts.  At our table, we displayed a sampling of our original fine jewelry, designed and made in our Main Street studio, alongside some well-worn tools of the craft.

    Fairbank and Perry Goldsmiths Ladies Night Out 2012 Display
    The evening gave us the opportunity to introduce not only our jewelry, but also our unique approach to custom design.  We heard several stories about inherited jewels, considered to be outdated, heavy, too formal, etc.  Yet these items were sentimentally valuable and contained gems that were begging to be enjoyed!  We even welcomed a few new custom orders, after explaining our process for resetting old gemstones into fresh new designs, thereby saving some beautiful stones from a miserable future at the bottom of a jewelry box.

    Fairbank and Perry's Lollipop Necklace

    One highlight of the night was offering to attendees a door prize:  a customized sterling silver and gold 3 Rivers ring!  Our winner was a delightful young woman named Morgan Ward, who arrived at our shop a few days later, beaming with enthusiasm to select one of several cabochon gemstones.  The stone was to be set in an 18 karat gold bezel, and Morgan chose a lovely, luminous moonstone in a neutral shade of soft grey that goes with any outfit and any season.  The gold bezel contrasts beautifully with the cool tones of the moonstone, and the sterling band depicts the characteristic topography of our own Concord River!
    Morgan's Ring by Fairbank and Perry Goldsmiths
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    Morgan with her new ring at Fairbank and Perry Goldsmiths
    Thank you Morgan, for participating in our raffle!  We hope you enjoy wearing your new ring as much as we enjoyed making it!
  • We Have Moved!

    October 9th, 2010

    exterior-sign

    Yes, it’s true, we have moved to 32 Main Street! After 21 years on Independence Court, just a few steps from Main Street, we have finally decided to “come to the dance.” (It seems that those few steps were just too many for some folks, so we thought we’d make it easier for them)

    Our new shop is at 32 Main Street, and houses our studio and gallery all on one floor. We have big, beautiful windows, a brand new sign, and lots of new work to show.

    We hope you will excuse a little bit of mess in October as the dust settles and we put the finishing touches on the space. We’re eager to get back to our workbenches making jewelry and filling orders, so we are open for business, even if you see a couple of carpenters around. Come visit, glance around the new layout, and help us bring our new home alive!

  • Northwest Magazine

    October 9th, 2010

    northwest-life

    We invite you to read the article on Fairbank & Perry that appeared in Northwest Magazine this spring!

  • Our New Website

    October 9th, 2010

    Welcome to our new website! We have added some new features and new photos, so take a look around, and let us know what you think!

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