“I’ve always loved to make things,” Elizabeth Jarvis says. The owner of MUSE in Warren started making her own jewelry after college, but decided she was happiest as a curator of beautiful objects. Her shop, which only carries work by independent American artists, is full of jewelry, gifts, and unique baby finds.
How has the store changed over the years?
MUSE has grown a lot since we opened in 2006 as solely a jewelry store. In addition to our jewelry collection, we now carry a full selection of artisan wedding bands and engagement rings and create one-of-a-kind custom pieces. We also offer private consultations on how you can rework or upcycle your old jewelry, and we carry small gifts and cards from independent American designers.
Tell us about how you choose your artists.
I focus on design and quality first and foremost. I don’t put much emphasis on trends, but am fascinated by them, so that does factor into my buying. In the end, I want to offer my customers jewelry that is beautifully made, unique, and timeless.
Your selection of nontraditional wedding rings is so unique.
We carry the wedding collection of over 20 American designers, each of whom has their own style. Just from Rhode Island alone, we have the weathered oxidized sterling silver and diamond bands of Heather Guidero, bands cast from natural objects like twigs and lobster antenna by Darrien Segal, and the wonderfully textured bands of Dahlia Kanner. We also design our own collection, which is exclusively sold here.
Speaking of weddings, we hear you have an event coming up.
This spring, we’ll host our Annual Wedding Event on April 28, which is essentially a giant trunk show for engagement rings, wedding, and anniversary bands. We collaborate with other wedding-related Warren businesses. In the past, The Greenery has made us gorgeous floral arrangements and Bywater supplied us with a sampling of tasty snacks.
What are some of the more unique baby gifts you have?
I’d say our baby harem pants are one of our most loved baby gifts. They are handmade with adorable fabrics in small batches, so they’re always different. Definitely not something you’ll see anywhere else.
279 Water Street, Warren • 401-289-2150