Eleanor Stone NYC Launches New Equestrian Jewelry Collection

by Wendy Sy Photographed by Eleanor Stone NYC
Thursday, August 2, 2018

Legendary—that’s the name of a cuff from Eleanor Stone NYC’s new equestrian collection. Handmade with a Victorian bridle rosette and featuring a motif of a horse and rider with a dark brown leather strap, this piece fully captures the spirit of the brand.

Eleanor Stone NYC’s concept is to take gems such as brooches that are often unworn, tucked away and maybe even forgotten, and to repurpose them as modern day cuffs.

The equestrian collection—which currently consists of eight styles—was an “aha moment” for founder Nancy Parmet Cook, who runs the company with her longtime best friend Jolie Fries Singer. It all started when they came across an old horseshoe while antiquing. “It evolved as we found more pieces that we thought our friends in the horse community would love,” says Parmet Cook, a New Yorker at heart who has been living in Greenwich for the past 16 years. Conveniently, the just-launched pieces have dropped just prior to the Hampton Classic.

Also new for summer are white straps, which took the duo two years to source, as they needed to find ones that were just right. Like the signature brown and black styles, these are Italian-made and feature an adjustable buckle. “Just one cuff is all you need” is the motto. Like a pair of jeans, the leather only gets better with age. For the ease of travel storage, each cuff can be easily folded flat and comes with a suede pouch.

Pieces throughout other collections include motifs of flowers, angels and more. At the Eleanor Stone NYC preview at the Mondrian Park Avenue, Parmet Cook says, “These are all antique and vintage from the turn of the last century, as early as the 1880s up to more recent 1980s pieces.” The brand was inspired by—and named after—her grandmother Eleanor. “The ‘Stone’ part was our imagination. If I told you her real last name, you wouldn’t be able to pronounce it! She used to take me to her basement where she had a closet filled with old jewels collected from travels in Europe. I was fascinated by them.”

Jewelry always piqued the interest of both creatives, although neither of them initially planned to pursue the field as a career. They met at the age of nine, on the bus to all-girls camp Point O’ Pines, in Brant Lake, New York. “The day I met Nancy, she was in a cast with a broken leg and wore pigtail braids,” says Fries Singer, who lives on the border of Westchester. “She has this vivacious personality and I remember thinking I want to be friends with her.” They have been inseparable since and roomed together while studying at Cornell University. Parmet Cook went on to work in the marketing and television business while Fries Singer took up healthcare management.

“Jewelry started off as just a hobby of mine when I was looking for something to do as my kids got older,” says Parmet Cook. “I was working on my own and shortly after, Jolie was going through a transition herself and joined. It just happened organically.”

Materials are sourced from travels across the globe—from Sotheby’s auctions to neighbors’ tag sales. Bespoke pieces can also be made for clients with their own personal treasures. On the Eleanor Stone NYC website, you’ll find a photo of an heirloom that once belonged to Fries Singer’s grandmother, Sophia. It’s a rare Carl cameo brooch, and in the box, there’s a love note written in 1929 from her grandfather, Jack. This piece was made into a cuff with a mahogany leather strap.

The two already have ideas in the works for their next collection: “We’re thinking about a nautical theme as both of our families grew up on the water,” says Parmet Cook.


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