Introducing our good friend and loyal client – Peggy! How beautiful is this person?? Peggy has a confidence that I have always admired. When she walks into a room heads turn – almost like she is a celebrity. Seriously. I have seen it. I think they call that the “X factor”. Whatever it is….she exudes feminine sexy with a side of strength. Just look at that genuine smile, the deep brown eyes, and her ever voluminous hair! She is the total package and we just LOVE her.
How did you find out about Hitchcock Madrona?
A friend mentioned it was my kind of spot and to get there ASAP. That was 9 years…and a few black velvet bags ago!
How would define your style?
I think this question is really funny because if I have a style I am unaware of it. Basically I am trying to balance top and bottom and the weather. Recently I have been endeavoring to have a wardrobe where everything goes with everything. Then I compliment my feeling of the day with a balance of gold and silver and sentiment. A friend once said, “Make a place in your boudoir where the feminine pieces of who you are can be seen”. That idea has realized itself into my dressing table that is flooded with pieces I cherish on view so I can choose from them. They are all displayed in old sterling silver containers and framed by my altar to love and friendship. The altar is a collection of tokens the universe puts in my path, like heart rocks and snippets of poetry and quotations, and little treasures from my Dad who passed when I was 29 and my nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Do you have a story about how you acquired a piece of jewelry?
Typically my heart simply shouts, “This is yours”. It is really a gentle nudge, but once I’ve felt it, I can’t let it go. The first time this happened was in Portland one weekend. I was bridesmaid dress hunting with my sister for our mother’s late August wedding in Upstate New York. Our Mom had requested we wear lavender and we were determined to wear our lavender dresses and jump in Lake George after the reception. After purchasing disposable dresses my sister and I invested in jewelry we loved. I chose a generous emerald cut aquamarine knuckle grazer framed by diamonds. That baby took to swimmin’ like a mermaid. The dress was never seen again.
What three pieces of jewelry do you think every woman should own?
An opera length string of pearls, gold and gemstone stackable rings, and oversized gold hoops.
Who are your style icons?
When I was a girl I admired Coco Chanel. Recently I am crushing on Taylor Tomasi Hill. I like the confidence and edginess of her combinations, accessories and killer boots. Plus that hair! Its Disney heroine hair!
What are your favorite pieces of jewelry that you own?
Three bracelets a friend gave me over time, a Hitchcock Bronze Cuff, a Lanvin Choker and my Pomellato Nudo rings. These are all investment pieces and I cherish each and every one.
What do you look for when shopping for jewelry?
Truly, I let me heart do the nudging…
Do you have any pieces of jewelry that are heirloom pieces? What is the story behind them?
I am blessed with a few things from each of my grandmothers. From Letitia, a gold cocktail ring, shaped like a flower whose petals are dusted with diamonds. It suits me and reminds me of Letitia’s grace and independence. She had it made for herself when she was 65 years old! I also have my father’s great grandfather’s wedding band from 1898. I wear that daily under my Hitchcock Ganesha ring, a signature piece.
How do you like to style your jewelry?
As encouraged by friends, “Layer it Baby!” I believe that’s a verbatim line by two girl friends!
Do you have any favorite jewelry designers at Hitchcock Madrona?
I love the solid statement pieces Erica and Dustin create. They have a way of finding a missing hole in all our accessory lives and filling it, beautifully.
Do you have any jewelry that you consider to be “second skin jewelry”?
My Unearthen bullet necklace and a diamond drop necklace Erica reworked for me. She took it out of the bad part of the 1980s and made it subtle 2000s! I also wear a Hawaiian gold bracelet with a message from my Dad.
What pieces of jewelry do you own that you consider the most versatile?
Everything I own. It is all so eclectic. I just grab what I am feeling and put it on. Then I roll.