One of the newest additions on Newport’s shopping scene is Alex and Ani, a hip jewelry store featuring precious metal pieces at every price point.
Owner and designer Carolyn Rafaelian, who named the shop after her first two daughters, takes an eco-friendly approach, ensuring each piece is manufactured in the U.S. and often re-uses and recycles exiting elements to craft fashionable, affordable designs. “Every design is created to reflect the inner beauty of all who wear an Alex and Ani piece,” is a part of Rafaelian’s philosophy. The innovative “expandable element” is the cornerstone of Alex and Ani designs. In lieu of a traditional clasp, wire bracelets, rings, expandable chain necklaces and hoop earrings include a sliding mechanism, making each piece adjustable and able to be customized to fit. Many of the pendants, bracelets and more feature delicate designs from inspiring spiritual symbols like crosses, cherubs and ankhs to more lighthearted ones including hearts, animals, fleur-de-lis and zodiac signs. They’re alluring and intriguing, and have been noticed in the pages of Marie Claire, Lucky, In Style, Glamour and Nylon magazines.
The addition of Alex and Ani to Bowen’s Wharf is a welcome one, nestled among the clothing, beauty and artisan shops in addition to an array of eateries. Stop in to find the piece that best suits your unique taste!
Alex and Ani, 1 Bowen’s Wharf, Newport, (401) 849-3002, www.alexandani.com