A little known gem is being transformed into a museum of sorts, after the owner of the jewelers shop in New York City announced that it will be turning its business into a gallery.
The jewelry store in New Jersey’s Greenwich Village, which is the second-oldest in the city after Tiffany & Johns, opened in the 1970s, and since then, it has housed a collection of jewelry and art from around the world.
Now, the store will become a museum in which customers can see everything from the jewelry that made the jewelry stand famous, to the works of renowned artisans, and even the works that were used in the store.
“It’s going to be a wonderful museum,” owner Tom Ritter told the New York Daily News.
“We’re going to create a whole new space.
It’s going out to the world, we’re going out there to people who want to experience this art and have it displayed for them.”
He said the museum would be open to the public starting next year.
“You’re going in and seeing the world and seeing something that you can’t get anywhere else,” he said.
The store is one of the oldest in New England, but Ritter said it was the first in the U.S. to start offering jewelry at all.
“I can tell you from personal experience, it’s one of those things that people don’t realize,” he told the Daily News, “that there’s a lot of beautiful, handmade art in America, and it’s a very hard thing to find.”
The shop will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, and Saturday from 10 a.ms. to 3 p.ms., and Sunday from noon to 7 p.mm.
Tickets for the exhibition, “The Jeweler’s Gallery: An Art Museum in the New World,” will cost $15 for adults and $10 for children.