#HipNJ spoke with Elise Rosenstock of ElyseRyan Jewelry about her company and its involvement in Bloomingdale’s Short Hills 50th Anniversary celebration.
Jewelry making started as a hobby for Elise while she was at home raising two daughters. After moving to Connecticut in 1999, she gradually built a business from her handmade jewelry creations of semi-precious stones, pearls and sterling silver. Her pieces became popular with women living in her area and eventually were carried by local jewelers.
“Then, stores got wind of me and wanted to know about the brand,” Rosenstock recalls. Over time, more retail outlets began to pick up Elise’s jewelry. It now appears at Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s, and other select stores and salons throughout the country. “It was my passion, and I decided to go for it,” Rosenstock says about making the decision to launch ElyseRyan Jewelry.
Rosenstock has donated pieces to be auctioned off for a number of charitable organizations, and has created original jewelry designs to benefit specific causes she believes in, including Alex’s Lemonade Stand and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. “I have realized that when you have a piece of jewelry that tells a story, it takes on a different meaning,” she explains. “You look down and remember that you’re doing something to help others, and that piece of jewelry creates awareness.” This initiates a dialogue and connects people in supporting a cause.
The Bloomingdales’ Short Hills 50th Anniversary celebration, taking place on November 2nd from 6-8pm, will benefit Minette’s Angels, a non-profit breast cancer foundation based out of Verona. “I love that they are a grassroots organization,” Rosenstock says. “They do small things that change peoples’ lives,” citing robes given to women enduring chemotherapy. “The robes to make women feel safe and warm.”
Deb Belfatto, cofounder of Susan G. Komen North Jersey, introduced Rosenstock to Minette’s Angels. From there, Rosenstock agreed to design a pink bracelet to benefit the organization. This exclusive bracelet, along with AWAREABLES and other wristROCKS will be available at the Bloomingdale’s event.
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