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  • Merzatta Artisan Jewelry
    reveals a high tech plating and polishing room Their jewelry each piece comprised of tiny metal sculptural elements sells for 28 to 8 000 at local and national art shows and on merzatta com Necklaces bracelets earrings and rings all are modeled after natural elements such as sweet gum pinecones herbs palm tree bark mushrooms and more We constantly look at the natural world to unlock hidden patterns and borrow their textures and structures says Chris This is not as simple as finding a cool thing on the beach and making a necklace out of it Our work is derived from the actual form of a pinecone for example Through their unique casting and mold making process a single slice of a mushroom or any natural object becomes a building block that can be created again and again in gold silver or bronze The couple and their small team of artisans work with everything from African sapphires and diamonds to a century old herbarium of pressed flowers from Danielle s grandmother One client commissioned a piece that relied on morel mushrooms as its organic framework The one of a kind bracelet in sterling silver and 18 karat gold sports 15 champagne diamonds to toast the client s 15 year marriage Recommended Reading Good on Paper Our passion is designing time stopping jewelry to help our clients say I love you in a world that is ever more hurried says Danielle We live for that wow moment when she opens the box and is moved excited and proud We are honored to be part of the romance Merzatta s materials are nearly all recycled and stones are sourced one at a time They support Ethical Metalsmiths an organization dedicated to responsible mining sustainable economic development and verified ethical sourcing of materials for jewelry Chris and Danielle will display their newest designs at the 25th Annual Spring Craft Show at the Morristown Armory March 13 through 15 Click to enlarge images Veggie Delight The custom made morel mushroom cuff is 18 karat gold and sterling silver accented by white and champagne diamonds Drop Dead Gorgeous These one of a kind triple drop emerald earrings in 18 karat yellow gold were created for a private collection Fair and Fabulous A dramatic diamond slice and a bevy of 18 karat fair mined gold bands create a unique and intricate cocktail ring Read more Style Shopping articles By submitting comments you grant permission for all or part of those comments to appear in the print edition of New Jersey Monthly 7 Songs to Comfort Christie on His Failed Presidential Bid Podcast Why We re Called The Garden State Table Hopping Jersey Shore Restaurant Week Melange in Somerville A Dress For Every Occasion NJ Father and Son s Wines Win Big 7 Dining Trends to Watch in 2016 February 2016 Best New Restaurants Table of Contents Subscribe Give a Gift Locate a Newsstand Purchase back issues View older issues Paper Mill Playhouse presents A Bronx Tale

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  • Architechtural Aesthetic
    Jersey Monthly Is there a conventional wisdom for translating designs from such a large scale as architecture to jewelry Andrea Panico I ll try anything if I m inspired The biggest challenge is often balance In jewelry we need some level of symmetry or pieces don t hang right whereas in architecture we often see cantilevers and asymmetry with success In our SC Johnson necklace based on an element of the namesake building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright while the piece is symmetrical I wanted a material change and used a single brass ring with a laser cut wood piece At first the brass was too heavy the necklace hung crooked It drove me and everyone else nuts I hollowed out the brass to create balance Recommended Reading Melange in Somerville A Dress For Every Occasion NJM Tell us about the dimensional aspect of your designs AP One of the concepts that inspired this line was how space can frame experience The most obvious example I use is the Guggenheim Museum where Frank Lloyd Wright s rotunda design completely changed the experience of going to a museum Being there does something to your experience of viewing art I m trying to capture that same feeling on a smaller scale to create spaces and voids and forms and movement NJM Which is your most challenging piece AP The work involved is something for which we often lose credit When you have designs that look simple people assume they are easy to make Our cube drop earrings require precise finishing work our V earrings look complicated but are straightforward I strive for pieces that are impactful and easy to produce But sometimes the design takes over even if it is cost prohibitive NJM What s behind your choice of materials AP I wanted the line to be accessible to people who wanted art but couldn t spend thousands on a necklace The design is about taking an affordable precious metal silver and making something beautiful NJM Are there buildings near your home in Montclair that inspired you AP The residential architecture here is amazing My home is over 100 years old Including beautiful details was part of basic craftmanship then It reminds me that people want beautifully made things Click to enlarge images Artist and jewelery designer Andrea Panico Square Deal Suspended on a wire the open box of the cube drop earrings swings freely 88 Wired Up The popular V earrings are lightweight and feature an intricate wire design 130 Best Seller One of designer Andrea Panico s favorites the Capuchinas bracelet 400 illustrates the line s philosophy the manipulation of metal to make something totally beautiful and unexpected Read more Style Shopping articles By submitting comments you grant permission for all or part of those comments to appear in the print edition of New Jersey Monthly 7 Songs to Comfort Christie on His Failed Presidential Bid Podcast Why We re Called The Garden State Table Hopping Jersey Shore Restaurant Week

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  • A Profile of Braunschweiger Jewelers
    in Newark as a watch repair shop more than 80 years ago family run Braunschweiger s maintains a large inventory of well known national brands but is committed to taking some risks to introduce trend setting fine jewelry We want to be known for lines that can t be found everywhere else says Braunschweiger Smith Dreamy Diamonds Lattice 2 01 carat diamond ring in 14K yellow gold 5 885 Linked in Yellow gold and oxidized silver open circle links necklace from the Artisan Collection 2 985 Off the Cuff Floral bracelet in 14K with 26 carats of bezel set diamonds from the Artisan Collection 1 550 Join a Gem Eighteen karat gold Jaipur earrings with bezel set stones by Marco Bicego 1 070 Braunschweiger Jewelers 33 South St Morristown 973 538 2189 1260 Springfield Ave New Providence 908 665 1487 braunschweiger com Read more Style Shopping articles By submitting comments you grant permission for all or part of those comments to appear in the print edition of New Jersey Monthly 7 Songs to Comfort Christie on His Failed Presidential Bid Podcast Why We re Called The Garden State Table Hopping Jersey Shore Restaurant Week Melange in Somerville A Dress For Every Occasion NJ Father and Son s Wines Win Big 7 Dining Trends to Watch in 2016 February 2016 Best New Restaurants Table of Contents Subscribe Give a Gift Locate a Newsstand Purchase back issues View older issues Paper Mill Playhouse presents A Bronx Tale Millburn Feb 04 Mar 06 Frozen in Ice at Skylands Stadium Augusta Feb 05 Feb 28 The Beach Boys Morristown Feb 10 SOMA Film Festival South Orange Feb 12 Feb 14 Marc Anthony Concierto del Día de San Valentín Newark Feb 13 Sign up for our FREE newsletters Weekend Buzz Events in NJ Side Dish

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  • Fix (Or Clean) Anything: Fabric & Clothing
    reputation for laundering luxury garments suedes and leathers window treatments designer ski apparel handbags and fine linens They are go to experts for restoring and restyling antique wedding gowns as well as altering and preserving new ones We are currently caring for a wedding veil that belonged to Marie Antoinette says Marie Louise Hallak The company also restores smoke fire or water damaged clothing draperies upholstery and linens Hallak offers complimentary pickup and delivery in Bergen County 201 343 7333 G O Keller s Plainfield and Westfield Established in 1994 G O Keller s dry cleaners specializes in drapery rug and linen cleaning Utilizing green technology Keller s handles residential as well as commercial clients Services include cleaning and drying large rugs re hanging draperies after cleaning and tailoring and pressing bedding table linens and clothing 908 756 0100 Linder s French Cleaners Bernardsville For 37 years this true French cleaner has taken pride in inspecting every item before it s cleaned covering delicate buttons cleaning fancy items in net bags making minor repairs at no extra cost and soft pressing every garment They can also rejuvenate Uggs clean suedes leather table linens and bed linens repair shoes and handbags store furs preserve wedding gowns sanitize drapes comforters and couch covers and clean outdoor cushions 908 766 6404 Rago Brothers Shoe and Leather Repair Morristown Walk ins are welcome at the Speedwell Avenue workshop which thrums with the chatter of vintage cobbler machines The shop takes on virtually all leather repairs from baseball gloves to Louboutin stilettos Third generation owners Tom and Tony Rago trace the shop s success to the opening of the nearby Mall at Short Hills in the 1980s The brothers recruited the mall s luxury retailers as clients word of their services quickly spread All of a sudden they wanted us doing repairs for the whole East Coast recalls Tom Now they do repairs for most of North America 973 539 7949 Schultz Furriers Millburn Unsure what to do with that full length mink you haven t worn for 10 years Robert and Christine Schultz along with sons Ashley and Carter will remove the shoulder pads shorten it to a sassier hipper length shear the fur and make it fashionable and wearable again One of a handful of furriers remaining in New Jersey they restyle old furs and also offer new furs shearlings vests ponchos and accessories along with cleaning repair alteration revitalization and storage services 973 376 1285 Click here to read the rest of our fix it stories There are no photos with those IDs or post 99260 does not have any attached images Read more Jersey Living articles By submitting comments you grant permission for all or part of those comments to appear in the print edition of New Jersey Monthly 7 Songs to Comfort Christie on His Failed Presidential Bid Podcast Why We re Called The Garden State Table Hopping Jersey Shore Restaurant Week Melange in Somerville A Dress For Every Occasion

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  • Fix (Or Clean) Anything: Home Furnishings
    Farruggio learned his craft working alongside his father a skilled craftsman who arrived in the United States from Italy with only his woodworking tools Farruggio now uses those tools to restore fine antiques many damaged by Superstorm Sandy We were busy before Sandy but now we have entire homes of furniture he says Farruggio who specializes in fancy veneers and custom crafted furniture works alongside his wife Karen who helps strip and glue We ve never advertised she says We are always word of mouth 732 681 2211 Griffin s Refinishing Farmingdale Kevin Griffin slowly and meticulously restores antique furniture in his cavernous warehouse I m stumped on a regular basis he admits but I ll do the research and get it right In 35 years in business he has worked on turn of the century dining chairs with worn cane seats 100 year old Victorian sofas exquisite yet water damaged Duncan Phyfe tables and many less remarkable pieces I m helping repair memories he says Most of these pieces have been in families for generations 732 938 2120 Olek Lejbzon Co Newark Does your Eames chair need work Olek s 40 plus cabinetmakers upholsterers artists and craftspeople have specialized since 1950 in conserving refinishing and repairing modern and antique furniture They are adept at intricate decorative repairs such as gilding Oriental lacquer and japanning Based in a 70 000 square foot space the company takes pride in completing large difficult assignments and can work around the clock either on site or in their workshop The company also does historic restorations including the fabrication and installation of architectural millwork ornamental metalwork and sculpture Among its clients Lincoln Center the Dakota in New York and the Presbyterian Church in Flemington Free phone estimates 212 243 3363 Maxwell s Furniture Restoration Mountainside This family owned business was established in 1895 by German immigrant Abram Ryman Maxwell Today Maxwell s offers antique furniture restoration repair refinishing and appraisals as well as upholstery refurbishing and interior design Fourth generation part owner Donald John Maxwell says the company has done work for most historic sites in northern New Jersey Projects range from family heirlooms to dining room chairs that simply need tightening All employees including Donald s children Donald Lawrence and Kaitlyn are master craftspeople Maxwell s also has a warehouse of refurbished antiques for sale 908 232 0226 Metropolitan Window Fashions North Plainfield and Paramus This 80 year old business is the designated repair center in North Jersey for Hunter Douglas shades and blinds They ll take on other brands too including vintage Venetians We can repair anything with a cord says owner Bruce Heyman Metropolitan s North Plainfield companion business Fabricland provides expert repairs on all makes of sewing machines even antique treadle machines We see 50 year old and 80 year old machines on a regular basis says Heyman 908 755 4700 On Site Furniture Repair Succasunna Third generation owner Rob Guido carries on the family tradition of in home repairs mostly

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  • Fix (Or Clean) Anything: Architechtural
    worked on historic structures including Philadelphia s Independence Hall and the Trenton Battle Monument as well as high end residential properties of all vintages It s surprisingly exacting work If the repointing was done wrong we have to go in and cut that section out then find bricks that will match Knapp says 856 783 5374 Metal MastersRestoration Frenchtown James Sherron restores anything metal door hardware outdoor and indoor lamps and fixtures even the occasional locomotive headlight Sherron meticulously draws and photographs every piece prior to disassembly Whether working in fine silver or heavy iron and every metal in between he painstakingly cleans every piece and returns it to its original state This has been my world for 50 years he says We get a lot of sentimentality here 908 996 2555 New Jersey Barn Company Ringoes Chances are you ve been inside one of the more than 150 venerable structures saved from almost certain destruction by New Jersey Barn Among them the visitor center of Howell Living History Farm in Titusville Founded in 1980 by Alex Greenwood and Elric Enders New Jersey Barn buys disassembles and warehouses historic lumber then works with clients on new sites adapting the barns many dating to the 1700s for modern use as private homes offices restaurants schools and museums and sometimes even as barns 908 782 8896 New Jersey Hardwoods Plainfield The craftsmen at New Jersey Hardwoods can replicate any style of architectural millwork from pre Civil War baseboards to ornamental ceiling and picture frame wall moldings They install new work or repair old The shop also replicates historic doors and cabinets of any style Browse the website project gallery for images of custom installations including kitchens libraries and home theaters Design services available 908 754 0900 NJ Gates Hoboken Family owned this is a full service gate and fence company specializing in wrought iron repairs Whether it s a functional gate or strictly ornamental the company s blacksmiths carefully bring the wrought iron back to its desired state They also work in aluminum and can repair weathered and damaged wood chain link and vinyl fencing The company takes on jobs throughout the state including design and installation of custom gates railings and fences 201 855 6257 Recycling The Past Barnegat Township This super cool retailer is lost in time Rather than actually fixing anything the experts here salvage virtually everything Pieces are acquired from estate sales industrial buildings churches schools and historic structures then cleaned for resale Shoppers can find everything from cast iron pedestal sinks to terra cotta garden urns to solid mahogany front doors Recycling the Past also creates one of a kind pieces from found materials such as decorative mirrors 609 660 9790 Studio J Paterson Judy and John Leong share a passion for stained glass Their studio creates original works but also restores hundreds of windows each year in private residences and houses of worship Extensive restoration and repair requires removal and reinstallation John evaluates the work Judy

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  • Fix (Or Clean) Anything: Art & Antiques
    months Whether it s worth 5 or 500 000 it has to be perfect 609 397 5541 Doll Dr Kathleen Michael s Clocks Marlboro Kathleen Robbiani calls herself a dollologist and refers to the dolls she repairs as her babies Her husband Michael fixes heirloom clocks he calls them his patients Kathleen teaches doll restoration and is doll doctor to the Toy Museum of NY for which she once restored an 1862 French walker talker Michael a certified clockmaker has restored clocks dating back to 1790 and is an authorized service technician for Howard Miller Ridgeway and Sligh clocks 732 462 3589 Doll Repair by Karen O Shea Marlton Karen O Shea has been fixing dolls dollhouses and teddy bears since the 1970s Her projects have included 19th century bisque heads 1930s composite dolls 1950s rubber and cloth dolls 1970s Barbies and present day American Girl dolls O Shea taught herself the precision skills needed to repair cracks repaint facial flaws rebuild eyes restore hair restring arms and sew period clothing all while maintaining the doll s original integrity If you repaint the whole doll you ve basically destroyed it she says 856 983 0368 Guidolume Furniture Clock Center East Hanover Guidolume Furniture Clock Center has been fixing clocks of all makes and size for the past 63 years They work with pieces no one else does says owner Guido Boretti Grandfather clocks including those made by Herschede Howard Miller and Sligh are a specialty Guidolume also maintains clocks at institutions around New Jersey including Seton Hall and the Denville Public Library 973 887 1723 Nechamkin Silver Studios Andover Liza Nechamkin Glasser fields all types of requests from fixing a broken church chalice to refurbishing trophies jewelry and place settings Formerly a silversmith for Tiffany Co Glasser specializes in restoration replication and replating and is experienced in rare techniques such as repoussé hammering designs into the reverse side of malleable metals and chasing which indents designs into the surface 973 786 0013 Shades of Soho Glen Rock Lighting boutique Shades of Soho designs one of a kind products and repairs all kinds of lamps and fixtures If it takes electricity and has an incandescent bulb I can fix it says owner Bryan Kule During his 21 years in the business Kule has restored antique chandeliers from the early 1900s and refurbished all types of family heirlooms he even makes house calls Kule learned his craft from veterans who were present at the birth of the lighting industry 201 785 7646 Turul Book Bindery Wharton Turul Bookbindery traces its origins to 1932 in Hungary We try to do repairs the way they would have done it in the book s time period says Michael Rahill owner Margit s son who has restored bibles dating to the 1600s The shop mostly restores one of a kind books with sentimental value where a quick fix with glue is not an option We never just do adhesive because that s like making a paperback

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  • Fix (Or Clean) Anything: Musical Instruments
    stringing neck straightening fret board cleaning filing and repolishing for just 20 609 397 7026 Lotito Pianos Schooleys Mountain Tom Lotito s piano passion began at age 16 when he repaired his first piano After working for Steinway Sons and other quality piano retailers he started his own piano tuning refinishing and rebuilding business in 1988 Services include restringing soundboard replacement and hammer replacement Lotito works on such brands as Steinway Mason Hamlin Baldwin and Chickering 908 204 9100 Menzel Violins Livingston Mo Menzel takes what she calls a straightforward approach to repairing fine violins violas and cellos It is essentially carving gluing clamping and varnishing she says of the craft her father taught her Actually it s not all that simple You have to be able to work with your hands Menzel adds That and you have to have an eye Menzel s artistry is reflected in her elegant retail shop which is warmly decorated with crystal chandeliers oriental rugs and meticulously arranged shelves of shapely string instruments Menzel has been doing the work for 18 years preserving not just instruments but a dying craft Working with your hands has become largely lost in the U S Menzel says Some people can t work with a knife they can t even chop vegetables 973 994 1083 Princeton Violins Kingston Since 2002 Jarek Powichrowski and his small team of violin makers and restorers have specialized in the repair and sale of fine antique and historical violins violas and cellos and their bows The shop won t take on instruments recently purchased elsewhere or repaired at other shops Powichrowski a violinist who has performed with orchestras around the world and has two solo recordings studied violin making in Cremona Italy He has clients as far away as Tasmania Generally we can bring any fine instrument back to life Powichrowski promises 609 683 0005 Thomson Piano Works Dover I always enjoyed music and working with my hands so it seemed like the perfect fit says David Thomson who has been in the piano restoration business since 1988 Clients include theaters universities churches arts organizations professional musicians and individual owners Tuning cleaning and minor repairs can be performed in the home Thomson also offers restored instruments for sale 973 701 1177 Click here to read the rest of our fix it stories There are no photos with those IDs or post 99268 does not have any attached images Read more Jersey Living articles By submitting comments you grant permission for all or part of those comments to appear in the print edition of New Jersey Monthly 7 Songs to Comfort Christie on His Failed Presidential Bid Podcast Why We re Called The Garden State Table Hopping Jersey Shore Restaurant Week Melange in Somerville A Dress For Every Occasion NJ Father and Son s Wines Win Big 7 Dining Trends to Watch in 2016 February 2016 Best New Restaurants Table of Contents Subscribe Give a Gift Locate a Newsstand Purchase back issues View older

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