TIVERTON, R.I. - Home to Gray’s Ice Cream and the creamiest black raspberry I’ve ever tasted, Tiverton’s Four Corners has always been a necessary pit stop when returning from the Rhode Island beaches. I grab my cone and walk over to visit the growing number of artisans in this historic village, including the textiles made by Amy Lund and the vases and tiles at Roseberry-Winn Pottery.
Last summer, my wife and I strolled into Tiffany Peay Jewelry and were immediately smitten by the radiant gemstones set on delicate strands of gold necklaces and bracelets. The dazzling color of the gems is striking, but it’s the simple elegance and playfulness of the design that resonates.
Peay has been creating jewelry professionally since 1997 and opened the store in 2007. Every February she makes a pilgrimage to Tucson to the International Gem Show to find the intriguing pieces that drive her work.
“I try to find unusual stones that have a mystical feeling about them. Stones that really catch my eye,’’ says Peay. She then pairs the gem with pink, green, white, and yellow gold, hoping to create what she calls a “modern heirloom.’’
“It’s a high-quality product, an unusual piece, and it can last forever. You can hand it down like an heirloom, but it’s certainly a modern technique of making jewelry,’’ says Peay.
Contrast Peay’s lifelong jewelry with an ice cream cone at Gray’s, which lasts all of two minutes in my hands.