For June's Local Love feature, I have to share where I bought my favorite crystal statement bracelet ever, as well as the collaborating store behind my first giveaway - Unique Jewelry Boutique. This shop is near-and-dear to my heart because the owner and jewelry designer is like family to me. Some of my first bracelets and necklaces were works of Penny Lenthe. Penny began designing crystal jewelry in her home for years before opening a storefront at 923 Boonton Main Street in Boonton, NJ. (She also has an Etsy shop if you want to lay in bed on a rainy morning and do some online shopping!)
Penny designs and sells many different pieces from simple, minimalist-style necklaces to chunky crystal pendants and fun beaded bracelets. She also carries a few special seasonal accessories like scarves (the softest ever, in every color!) and anything else that catches her eye. Unique Jewelry Boutique is also your go-to shop for wedding accessories like cuffs, necklaces, or my personal favorite - her hair pins. Many pieces are customizable and she will even hand-stamp or spell out whatever you'd like - I was gifted a moonstone bracelet from her store that means a lot to me - as it has "POP" stamped on a small charm to remember my grandfather. She describes her jewelry as unique, elegant, and (my favorite) affordable pieces that "make you feel beautiful, classy, and special when you put them on." Take a visit to the boutique, and the high-energy owner will delight you with sparkly stacks and unique pieces you cannot find anywhere else. Keep reading for a little interview with Penny.
How long have you been designing jewelry?
It will be 21 years this summer!
How did you become interested in making jewelry?
My in-laws purchased me a pair of crystal earrings while vacationing. I had received so many compliments everywhere I went - I then decided to give jewelry making a try. It has been history ever since!
What attracted you to working predominantly with crystals?
I just love the sparkle that they give off!
Do you have a favorite piece to make, or favorite you have ever made?
Yes, I think my ankle bracelets are my favorite, they are a mix of natural gemstones and crystals.
What's the average price range of items in your store?
$25 to $85.
What kind of experience can customers expect when walking into your boutique?
A relaxing atmosphere, a knowledgeable owner, great customer care and customization to their needs.
Unique Jewelry Boutique is located on Main Street in Boonton, NJ. See or shop more of my favorite Unique Jewelry Boutique items below:
Swarovski Crystal Stacking Bracelets, $16-19 (available in store and on Etsy)
Bead and Crystal Stacking Bracelets, $19 (available in store)
Mixed Media Carved Fish Bracelets, starting at $23 (available in store)
Crystal and Freshwater Pearl Necklace, $34 (available in store)
Crystal Pendant Necklaces, $23 (available in store)
Swarovski Crystal Wrap Bracelet, $28 (available in store)
Stone and Crystal Flower Statement Necklace, $32 (available in store)
Crystal Shoe Clips, various prices (available in store and on Etsy)
Vintage-Style Crystal Bracelet, $38 (available in store and on Etsy)
Enamel Flower Chokers, starting at $24 (available on Etsy)
Beautiful Layered Gold/Pink/Beige Statement Necklace, $52 (available in store)
Druzy Crystal Pendants, $32 each (available in store)
Simple Crescent Moon Necklace, $20 (available in store)
Pearl Branch Hair Pins, $24 each (available on Etsy)
Sterling Silver Triangle Charm Necklace, $48 (available in store)
Bohemian Wrap Bracelet with Music Charm, custom (in store)