Gem of an Outlook

Jan Rose believes jewelry is about history.

Rose knows a thing or two about history. Her grandfather, Harry, opened Rose Jewelers on East Main Street in Patchogue in 1945.

Nearly three decades ago, “life happened,” as Rose put it. After a stint in nursing, she ended up taking over the Suffolk County staple, which now calls Southampton home.

“Circumstances landed me here,” she said. “And I’m not sorry. It’s been nice, and it’s helped my artistic side.”

Image: A display of Nina Nguyen jewelry

As the shop’s owner, Rose does everything from buying to selling the jewelry to advertising and overseeing the redecoration of the store.

“I’m looking for something that’s classic, multifunctional,” Rose said of the buying process. “I like things that you can do different things with and are fun. We do carry some trendy pieces, but I like something that’s going to become an heirloom. Something that will last.”

As she shows me around her store, Rose tells me a bit about each designer’s display. Her genuine passion for jewelry and making her customers happy is clear in her descriptions.


Image: Jan Rose has Heather Moore necklaces with the names of her children and grandchildren
“These are great because you can really personalize them,” Rose said, gesturing to a collection of Heather Moore Jewelry. The pieces can be engraved with letters and names. She owns a necklace with her daughters’ names and another with her names and birthdays of her grandchildren (“Mother’s Day has been really special with them,” said Rose, who will become a grandmother for the third time when her youngest daughter gives birth this year.).

Sometimes, a customer will come in hoping to redesign a piece, maybe something their mother or grandmother left them but they would prefer to wear differently.
Like Moore, Rose aims to allow the client to make the piece personal.

“Mostly, I have to listen to what the person wants,” Rose said. “I love antique and estate jewelry, so if they want something that’s a little more ornate, we can do something like that. If they want something that’s more simple or classic, I always think of certain Tiffany’s designs I like. Again, it’s about listening to what the customer will enjoy wearing. That’s what we want.”

Circumstances brought Rose back to the store where she used to make package bows for her grandfather decades ago. Her love of jewelry and a positive outlook turned it into a lasting career, which is something she believes should be relayed to young women looking to break into the jewelry industry.

“It’s a challenging business, but it can be very rewarding,” she said. “I always say, ‘Nobody’s going to die here so we should be happy, and if you’re not happy, then you shouldn’t be here.’ I think that it’s the kind of business that you can use to express who you are and if you’re creative, it’s a wonderful way to express your creativity.”

Ladies Night
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Thursday, May 7
5:30 to 7:30pm
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Southampton, N.Y.