Newly-opened Gladstone graces Union Street with a collection of fine antique, vintage and contemporary jewelry curated by a local husband and wife team who share a lifelong passion for art and design. Gladstone opened late last summer in a beautifully refurbished building at 36 1ÂŽ2 Union St., where ebony, shagreen, coral, horn, antique ivory and tortoiseshell are displayed alongside silver, gold, platinum, and diamonds.
Gladstone is owned by Rockport residents Elaine Souza and Charles Gladstone, who each have extensive experience in the world of design and fashion, and who share an interest in jewelry of all periods.
“We are particularly drawn to work that is timeless, understated, and elegant,” said Elaine Souza. Recent pieces on display in the shop include a Victorian tortoiseshell brooch that has the streamlined simplicity of the twentieth century; a Georgian bracelet with lozenge-shaped discs that is modernist in look; and a contemporary gold and rose-cut diamond ring in a form that was popular in the Hellenistic period.
Gladstone also sells the contemporary work of 12 international jewelry designers, as well as original designs by the the owners themselves, and custom designs. Also on hand are a selection of men’s new and vintage cufflinks, handmade leather goods, and rotating exhibitions of contemporary and antique fine art. Currently showing at Gladstone are paintings and mixed media works by Manchester resident and visual artist Juni Van Dyke. The shop also offers high-quality jewelry repair services.
On Friday, December 2, Gladstone will participate in Shop Manchester Night, the first of the Christmas-by-the-Sea events. Hours are extended throughout the holiday season, and on Thursday evenings Gladstone will feature Prosecco and craft ales until 7:00.
Gladstone Antique and Contemporary Fine Jewelry
36 1ÂŽ2 Union St., Manchester-by-the-Sea
Hours: Wednesday through Monday 11-6, Thursday 11-7