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TENTHOUSANDTHINGS is a collection of fine jewelry designed by Ron Anderson and David Rees, self-taught jewelers who came to the bench after successful careers in fashion retail. From their downtown New York City atelier, they meticulously hand craft modern heirlooms — sculptural forms in silver and gold — inspired by abstract shapes found in nature, and meant to best highlight expertly-chosen stones, including Sleeping Beauty turquoise, black opals and American natural pearls.
Their obsessive search for extraordinary stones recently led them to a stone carving workshop in Jaipur where David and Ron sit side-by-side with skilled craftsmen who take the duo’s wax carvings and recreate their shapes – some new, some from the archives -- completely by hand, using traditional techniques perfected over decades. During this creative collaboration, rough stones are magically reborn as luminous hand-carved shapes, with all the intended subtlety and nuance, destined to become custom composition earrings and necklaces.
The relationship continues, allowing David and Ron to create bespoke pieces for their discerning clientele on a more regular basis, in addition to the classic styles that remain in demand year after year.
The collection is best viewed at TENTHOUSANDTHINGS’ showroom and retail space, located in a turn-of-the-century building in the Greenwich Village Historic District of New York City. The intimate storefront was designed by David and Ron, who create much of the collection, as well as one-of-a-kind pieces, from their atelier, hidden from view just behind the shop.