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Little Rock City Guide

We are gearing up for our next trunk show in Little Rock and we couldn’t be more excited to be heading to such a scenically beautiful and historic city! Our friends at Roberson’s Fine Jewelry have broken down all the highlights the city has to offer for your perfect weekend getaway. Whether you love the outdoors, enjoy food trucks, exploring museums, or fabulous shopping (like a Single Stone trunk show) the city has just the thing for you. Keep reading to discover why Little Rock is such a special place and is definitely a must see travel destination.

Don’t forget to join us November 17-18th for our annual Trunk Show, we can’t wait to see you there!

Q: What is the best place to stay?

The Capital Hotel, debuted in 1876 and received a full restoration in 2007. The Capital offers uncompromising comfort and convenience of a modern luxury hotel without any compromise of its rare historic character. Their brunch at One Eleven is not to be missed and they are known for their outstanding customer service, attention to detail and complimentary pecan toffee. 🙂 

THE CAPITAL HOTEL | 111 West Markham Street, Little Rock, AR 72201

Q: What is your favorite shopping destination and why?

Roberson’s Fine Jewelry! The very best selection of designer jewelry in the South!

ROBERSON’S FINE JEWELRY | Pleasant Ridge Town Center, 11525 Cantrell Rd #703, Little Rock, AR 72212

Q: What is your favorite restaurant and what’s the best thing on the menu?

Samantha’s Tap Room and the best thing on the menu is the Surf and Turf Queso!

SAMANTHA’S TAP ROOM | 322 Main St, Little Rock, AR 72201

Q: What is the best local dessert spot?

Le Pops, known for their gourmet popsicles including locally grown produce and herbs.

LE POPS | 5501 Kavanaugh Blvd Ste J. Little Rock, AR 72207

Q: Any must see destinations while you are visiting?

The Clinton Library and Museum of Discovery. The Clinton Library includes amazing historic artifacts from momentous moments of our history and is definitely a must see regardless of your politics. The Library features an inside look at the day-to-day of the Presidency and even has a replica of the Oval Office and Cabinet room. The Museum of Discovery is a great place for a family outing featuring 90 hands on exhibits focused on technology, science and math.

THE CLINTON LIBRARY | 1200 President Clinton Ave, Little Rock, AR 72201

THE MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY | 500 President Clinton Ave., Suite 150 Little Rock, AR 72201

Q: What is the best way to spend “Family Day”?

At Pinnacle Mountain, it is the perfect place to enjoy the outdoors with your family and offers hiking trails, bike trails, canoe rides, boat tours and more fun activities to enable you to enjoy the beautiful landscape of the mountain.

PINNACLE MOUNTAIN | 11901 Pinnacle Valley Rd, Roland, AR 72135

Q: Best kept Little Rock secret (that you’re willing to share)

The variety of food trucks downtown! Southern Salt Food Company serves up southern comfort food with a twist and is known for their burgers. Loblolly Creamery crafts small batch unique ice cream flavors that change seasonally, they use local ingredients and their ice cream is free of preservatives and artificial coloring. 

SOUTHERN SALT FOOD COMPANY | Main Street, Little Rock, AR

LOBLOLLY CREAMERY MOBILE | Main Street, Little Rock, AR

Comment below if you have been to Little Rock and have some recommendations of places we need to check out, we would love to hear from you!

 

 

By |November 14th, 2017|BLOG, Travel, Trunk Show|Comments Off on Little Rock City Guide

Couple Spotlight – Chelsea and Kyle

We have been looking forward to sharing with you these beautiful engagement photos from our Single Stone couple, Chelsea and Kyle. This adorable and adventure seeking couple are high school sweethearts. They have decided that after spending 15 years together, it was the perfect time to make it official and travel the world together! To hear more about their love story and see their beautiful wedding photos, scroll below!

Q:How did you and your fiancé meet?

Kyle and I met in middle school. I had the biggest crush on him, but we didn’t start dating until high school. 

Q:How did you know he/she was the one?

I guess as a super dramatic pre-teen, I knew he was “the one” the minute I laid eyes on him. HAHA. But over time, we became “each other’s person.” We went from being kids together to being adults. It blows my mind but at of our wedding, we had known each other half our lives. Watching him grow over all these years but never losing his kindness, playfulness and willingness to change his mind is what gives me hope that he will always be the one for me. 

Q:How did Kyle propose?

Getting married wasn’t something we both dreamed of. After 15 years together, we were happy with our lives and didn’t really see a reason to get married. To us marriage had always felt like a “supposed to” and we weren’t into that. We dealt with our families for years, asking “when are you two going to finally get married?” We would respond with, “never!” But January rolled around and we both needed something new and exciting. A year full of love and adventure, we decided. Let’s get married and travel the globe! 

Q:What was your favorite moment from your wedding?

We have so many favorite moments from our wedding. We had a very small intimate wedding of 18 people, which definitely caused some difficult conversations, but in the end was the right thing for us. Our close friend married us and his remarks were amazing, so funny and wonderfully personal. My baby sister, Kacy, took charge of the wedding planning with me and made sure the day was incredible. The friends who attended used their wonderful, artistic skills every chance they got to add more flair and love to all aspects of the day. Kyle’s cousin, Madi, is a tap dancer and she killed it on the dance floor to a Ciara song during the reception.  I think having an intimate wedding makes everyone feel special, you’re a part of something and you matter, you aren’t one in a sea of people. Kyle and I, whether together or separately got to have moments, real moments with everyone there. And we remember every single one of them!

Q: Any other things you would like to share..

Kyle wanted me to have a say in my ring, but he did actually pick out the one that is now my wedding ring. He took me to Single Stone to try it on and it was beyond perfect. I love antiques. I love the fact that something has a story and a life long before us. My ring is from around 1910 and the craftsmanship blows me away every time I look at it. Everyone at Single Stone was wonderful, especially Arielle. She was so genuinely excited for us and made us more excited about the entire thing. After my grandparents passed away, both their wedding rings were left to my sister. She so beautifully offered my grandfather’s ring to Kyle. He was thrilled! Single Stone lovingly resized it for us. They were kind and gracious throughout the whole process. We couldn’t have been happier to find them!


   

  

  

 

Photography: Hannah Kate Photography /  Ceremony and Reception Location: SummerWood Winery & Inn /   Tables and Linens: All About Events   /  Florals: Country Florist   / Brides Wedding Ring: Vintage from Single Stone

 

 

By |October 18th, 2017|BLOG, Couple Spotlight, Weddings|Comments Off on Couple Spotlight – Chelsea and Kyle

New York City Guide

We are packing up our most fabulous jewels for our next trunk show in NYC and we couldn’t be more excited to be heading to the city that never sleeps! New York is such an iconic city with an endless amount of things to see, eat and do. Luckily our friends at Greenwich St. Jewelers, Christina and Jennifer Gandia, have filled us in on the best the city has to offer. Whether you love to explore, enjoy musicals, or fabulous shopping (like a Single Stone trunk show) the city has something for you. Keep reading to discover why NYC is the ideal choice for your next vacation destination.

Don’t forget to join us October 13-15th for our annual Trunk Show, we can’t wait to see you there!

 

Greenwich St. Jewelers, Jennifer and Christina Gandia

Best place to stay?

GSJ: The Beekman is a truly gorgeous property. The lobby alone is an interior decor lovers dream. It’s a bit of a splurge, but it’s an experience to remember. If not there the Crosby Street hotel in Soho has a chic vibe and serves as an amazing jumping off point for exploring

THE BEEKMAN, A THOMPSON HOTEL | 123 Nassau St, New York, NY 10038

Favorite shopping destination and why?

CG: There has been an incredible rejuvenation of the entire downtown neighborhood. Within a few blocks of our store we have access to everything from Saks and Gucci around the corner at Brookfield Place to longtime neighbor Century 21 for the best deals.

JG: I’m a boutique shopper and I love to explore. One of the best shopping areas that’s still under the radar is Tribeca. It’s a beautiful neighborhood to get lost in and has serious fashion shopping like Thom Browne, Issey Miyake and Gary Graham as well as amazing multi-brand shops like 108 The Store and La Garconne.

ISSEY MIYAKE | 119 Hudson St, New York, NY 10013

Favorite restaurant and what’s the best thing on the menu?

CG: I’m a huge oyster fan. There’s a great spot on the Hudson river called Grand Banks. It’s actually a hand built wooden ship that has been completely restored. They are a part of this oyster shell recycling initiative called Billion Oyster Project (BOP), which is working towards restoring the oyster beds in NYC. A lovely spot to sit outside, sip rose and enjoy stunning views.

JG: Nobu’s new home at 120 Broadway has refreshed the look and feel of this NYC sushi institution. They created the miso cod dish craze and let me tell you, they still do it better than everyone. I’d be remiss not to mention Augustine, the new restaurant at The Beekman hotel. I’ve only been there once, the night I got engaged (with a Single Stone ring!) so I might be biased but you feel transported by the decor and the food. I highly recommend a visit!

GRAND BANKS | Pier 25 Hudson River Park, New York, NY 10013

 NOBU | 195 Broadway, New York, NY 10007

Favorite local dessert spot?

JG: So many choices… I have an ice cream obsessed niece who takes me to all the new dessert spots. We love 10Below for their famous ice cream rolls. And, Black Tap milkshakes are really as delicious as they look on Instagram.

CG: We love BIlly’s Bakery on Franklin and often use their desserts for celebrations in the store. Everything they make is delicious but my favorite is the Key Lime Pie – it’s TDF!!!

BLACK TAP | 529 Broome St, New York, NY 10013

Must see destinations while you are visiting?

JG: The Highline is a must see and is the perfect day out if you pair it with a visit to the Whitney museum. They have incredible, thought provoking programming that I always enjoy.

CG: The new observation deck in 1 World Trade has the most breathtaking views in the city and the elevator ride itself is such a fun experience.

THE WHITNEY MUSEUM | 99 Gansevoort St, New York, NY 10014

THE OBSERVATION DECK at 1 WORLD TRADE CENTER | 285 Fulton St, New York, NY 10007

Best way to spend “Family Day”?

CG: The Financial District is a terrific neighborhood for family activities. We love taking our kids to the Seaglass Carousel in Battery Park, it’s magical! For adventure mixed with a bit of history take a ride on the Staten Island ferry to get a close look at the Statue of Liberty and follow it up with a visit to South Street Seaport for a bite to eat.

STATUE OF LIBERTY  | Liberty Island, New York, NY 10004

SEAGLASS CAROUSEL | State St & Water St, New York, NY 10004

Best kept NYC secret (that you’re willing to share)

GSJ: New York is fairly easy to navigate and there’s no excuse not to roam around. If you do you will see why people love this city, there is always something to discover if you save time to get lost and explore!

Comment below if you have been to NYC and have some recommendations of places we need to check out, we would love to hear from you!

 

By |October 9th, 2017|BLOG, Travel, Trunk Show|Comments Off on New York City Guide

Autumn Harvest Editorial

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Photography: Tyler Branch / Venue Name: Oak Canyon Ranch, Los Angeles, California, USA / Event design: The Blushing Bird / Planning: Laurel and Fey / Florals: Revel Petals / Wedding Dress: Tatyana Merenyuk / Hairpiece: Melinda Rose Design / Bride’s shoes: Harriet Wilde Peony Gold / Rings: Single Stone / Hair and Makeup: Amber Rose / Groom attire: Heart and Dagger for ASOS / Paper goods: Heirloom Paper Co. / Cake: Frost it Cakery // Tabletop rentals: Borrowed Blu / Furniture rentals: Premiere Party Rents / Models: Merissa Underwood and Wesley Kemp

By |November 7th, 2016|BLOG, Collaborations, Editorials, Single Stone Style|Comments Off on Autumn Harvest Editorial

Retailer Spotlight: Greenwich St. Jewelers

 

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Today we are excited to introduce you our retailer in New York City, Greenwich St. Jewelers!

In a city full of big-name jewelry brands, it’s natural to yearn for a more intimate, personal experience when selecting jewelry. That is what sisters Jennifer and Christina Gandia decided to do when they took over the family jewelry business more than a decade ago.

Started by their parents in 1976 in lower Manhattan, Greenwich St. Jewelers had long offered exceptional service and an unusual level of onsite expertise. But the sisters’ dream of adding a broad range of services and a fashionable, curated selection of jewelry was visionary.

Today, Greenwich St. Jewelers presents a carefully chosen assortment of styles from sought-after and emerging designers, exquisite custom design work, and an extensive selection of engagement and wedding rings. All of this, in a boutique setting in the downtown Manhattan.

Greenwich St. Jewelers will be hosting our annual trunk show November 4-6 ! Join us to meet the designer and see the latest pieces in our collection. We look forward to seeing you all there!

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By |October 25th, 2016|BLOG, Retailer Spotlight|Comments Off on Retailer Spotlight: Greenwich St. Jewelers

A Picture Perfect Proposal

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One of our favorite things to celebrate with our clients are their proposals! We feel so privileged to be able to be a part of such a special occasion and love to celebrate the love that each and every couple has for one another.

Meet one of our newest Single Stone Couples, Nick and Paulette. Nick proposed to Paulette in the south of France with a beautiful custom Savannah ring. Here, Nick tells us about how they met, the proposal, and more!

 

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Q: How did you meet?

We actually first met through my younger sister Wendy. Wendy and my fiancé Paulette became best friends when they were in college together at College of Charleston. Eventually, after she graduated, Paulette moved up to New York City where I was living. We had met before, but hadn’t really spent time together, and we had each previously been involved in other relationships. We connected immediately when we spent more time together in NYC, and when my sister gave both of us her blessing and encouragement, I asked Paulette on our first date. The rest is history!

Q: Tell us about the proposal!

After spending a couple of days in Aix-en-Provence, we left for a surprise destination… I had booked a couple of nights at a great hotel in Eze, near Nice.  Once we arrived, we took a little stroll around the gardens, and then got ready for dinner. I snuck out and gave my phone to one of the concierge so that she could take secret video footage of the coming proposal. After we were ready, we walked down to a beautiful platform in the garden overlooking the Mediterranean to enjoy the view, and that’s where I proposed!

Q:What did she think of the ring?

She absolutely LOVES the ring, and I could not have been more proud and happy to finally give it to her. It was an extreme test of my patience to keep it tucked away in our apartment for so long- especially given how badly I wanted her to see it and how excited I was to propose. It was such a special moment, and hers is such a special ring- she talks about how much she adores it every day, and it makes me so happy to catch her admiring it.

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Congratulations you two! Thank you for sharing your love story with us!

By |September 20th, 2016|BLOG, Couple Spotlight, Proposals|Comments Off on A Picture Perfect Proposal

Retailer Spotlight: I. Gorman Jewelers

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Today we are excited to introduce you our retailer in Washington DC, I. Gorman Jewelers!
 
In1981, Bonnie and Ivan Gorman opened I. Gorman Jewelers in Washington DC. Now 35 years later, their store is run by their children Adam and Nicole, and has become an award-winning retail destination known for featuring some of the most renowned international designers in the world.

Adam mentions “We spend a few times a year traveling the world to find unique designers, that most often are exclusive in the DC area, and sometimes almost completely exclusive to the USA.  We love the challenge of finding artists that have an individual and unique statement, with design and craftsmanship that parallel that thought.

 

We invite you to see their beautiful showroom and the latest collection of Single Stone pieces September 16-17th. We look forward to seeing you there!

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By |September 13th, 2016|BLOG, Retailer Spotlight|Comments Off on Retailer Spotlight: I. Gorman Jewelers

Retailer Spotlight: Croghan’s Jewel Box

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Today we are excited to introduce you our retailer in South Carolina, Croghan’s Jewel Box!

Croghan’s is the oldest family owned jewelry store in Charleston and is a treasure trove of the most exciting and unique inventory in the low country. The charming store, which began 100 years ago as a small narrow shop, has now expanded to occupy the entire three story building. The jewelry store is now being run by the third and fourth generation of women and each family member has added their own touch to the family business.

Croghan’s has been a destination for clients whose family has been coming to them for generations and has been apart of the Single Stone family for over 15 years.

Join us for September 9th and 10th as they host our annual trunk show! We look forward to seeing you all there!

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By |August 24th, 2016|BLOG, Retailer Spotlight, Trunk Show|Comments Off on Retailer Spotlight: Croghan’s Jewel Box

Summer Sips

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Whether you are hosting a backyard BBQ, throwing a summer party,  or just hanging out with some friends, a good summer cocktail is always a must. We have rounded up our five TOP summer cocktail recipes that are sure to refresh you all summer long.

Cheers!

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Grapefruit Mint Mojito

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INGREDIENTS: 

2 sprigs fresh mint leaves (about 8 leaves)
2 oz rum
2 oz fresh grapefruit juice
1/2 oz lime juice
Ice
1 oz club soda
Grapefruit wedge or wheel for garnish

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Place 1/2 of the mint leaves in your glass and muddle gently.
  2. Stir together the rum, grapefruit juice, lime juice, and ice until the drink has chilled.
  3. Top with a splash of club soda.
  4. Garnish with fresh mint sprig and grapefruit wedge or wheel.

 

Elderflower Champagne Cocktail

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INGREDIENTS:

Dry champagne
St Germain
Thinly sliced cucumber
Mint

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Fill a tumbler with ice.
  2. Fill 3/4 of the glass with dry champagne.
  3. Add thinly sliced cucumber and fresh mint.
  4. Top off with St Germain.

 

Blueberry Moscow Mule

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INGREDIENTS:

1 cup ginger beer
1 shot ginger vodka
juice of one lime wedge
blueberry syrup (recipe below)

BLUEBERRY SYRUP DIRECTIONS:
1 cup fresh blueberries
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon sugar

  1. Bring the ingredients to a boil for 5 minutes, then let it simmer for another 10 minutes until it thickens.
  2. Strain over a glass bowl and let it cool.

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Pour the ginger beer, vodka and lime juice in a copper cup and stir.
  2. Add in the ice and then pour a little blueberry syrup on the top.
  3. Give it another stir and garnish with blueberries and a lime wedge.

 

Fresh Lime & Jalapeno Margarita

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INGREDIENTS:

1/2 fresh squeezed lime juice
1/2 large green jalapeno ( thinly sliced)
4 ounces silver tequila
2 ounces honey
2 tablespoons sea salt
2 lime wedges for garnish
2 sprigs cilantro for garnish (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In the bottom of a pitcher, muddle the jalapeno slices with the lime juice.
  2. Add the tequila and honey, stir to combine thoroughly – or until all the honey is dissolved.
  3. Pour the sea salt in the bottom of a small bowl.
  4. Dip the top of each glass in the margarita mixture, then press the top of the glass into the bowl of salt.
  5. Fill each glass with fresh ice and pour in the margarita mix.
  6. Garnish with the fresh lime and cilantro.

 

 Blackberry Lemon Gin and Tonic

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INGREDIENTS:

12 blackberries
20 mint leaves
2 lemons
1/4 cup simple syrup
12 Ounces Hendricks Gin
Tonic Water
Ice
 

 

DIRECTIONS:

1. Combine 3 blackberries, 5 mint leaves and juice from 1/2 of lemon and 1 tablespoon of simple syrup in each of your four cocktail glasses, preferably high ball glasses.
2. Muddle ingredients until combine and berries and fully crushed.
3. Fill each glass to the top with ice.
4. Add 3 ounces of gin and stir.
5. Top with tonic water and garnish with a slice of lemon, blackberry and mint leaves.

 

By |August 2nd, 2016|BLOG, Lifestyle, Trending|Comments Off on Summer Sips

Couple Spotlight- Zack and Delsie

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Q: How did you meet?

When Zack was 19 and I was 16, he worked at Family Video in our little hometown. I went in late one night to drop off some movies, and he was there working by himself. The rest is history! He actually asked my friend for her number, so I thought he was going to chase after her…until he asked her for my number later that evening. We connected right off the bat, and though it took us some years to find our way back to each other, we both think it was worth the wait! 

Q: How did you know he/she was the one?

Zack claims he knew from the very beginning. 🙂

The moment that I revisit every time I’m asked this question is one evening when we were together late at night—Zack had gotten off work at almost midnight, so we spent a lot of late nights together since our schedules were so different—and on this particular night, it was so late that everything we did and said was funny. We stayed up until almost 5 in the morning laughing at anything and everything. Zack has always been so easy for me to connect with, but this night was so much fun that I knew it was how I wanted to spend the rest of my life. I wanted to smile and love life every day, and I knew that with him in my life, this would be as easy as breathing.

Q: How did he propose?

           The two of us took a beach trip to North Carolina in March of 2015. It was perfect weather all week, until the day he planned on proposing; then, it became chilly and dreary. It rained all day the day before we were to head home. I was bummed because I wanted to go to the beach with him, and I was afraid we were going to be rained out. When it stopped, I was bound and determined that no matter how cold and dark it was, we were going to go walk on the beach together. Since it had rained all day, when we got there, the beach was completely empty. There was no one there but the two of us. We walked for a little while, then down to the water…that’s when it happened. It was so peaceful and intimate, and I never thought I would be so thankful for a rainy day at the beach! 

Q: What was your favorite moment from your wedding?

            Both of us agree that our favorite part of our day was when we saw each other for the first time as I walked down the aisle. On our wedding day, I didn’t get nervous or upset or worked up a single time. Everything was so easy and smooth, and I couldn’t wait to see him. I was an emotional wreck. I teared up at the slightest little thing, as I was in such disbelief at how lucky I am to spend the rest of my life with the perfect man. I knew I was emotional, but not until the church doors opened and I walked down the aisle did I realize how emotional Zack was, too. His face was so priceless. And at that point, no one else mattered. 

 

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Photography: Kristyn Hogan / Ceremony Location: Vine Street Christian Church /  Reception: Cabana Nashville  / Wedding Dress:  Stella York /    Florals: Alice Rockhold /  Makeup: Katy Yokley MUA / Hair: Amy Uhls  /  Wedding Rings:  Single Stone

 

 

By |June 8th, 2016|BLOG, Couple Spotlight, Weddings|Comments Off on Couple Spotlight- Zack and Delsie