Karen's Column

Karen Nottonson


Welcome to Harper and Faye, Boston's resource for fine, unusual and outstanding gems; and amazing custom designs made with them!

New to our store? You probably want to know what makes us different.  Why buy from us?  Do we offer the "best deals", or the "biggest selection"?   No, we offer something else: an enjoyable buying experience for truly unique jewelry and gems.

I'm a Graduate Gemologist and a very prolific jewelry designer.  I have always loved the color and sparkle that Nature offers us in the form of gems, diamonds and pearls. I lovel rubies, sapphires, emeralds and diamonds, but my interest goes well beyond these "staple" gems: Look through our pages and discover variety you may have never seen before. Contra Luz opal, abalone pearls, Paraiba tourmalines, Fireball pearls...there's so much to discover, and all hand-picked for exceptional quality and value.   And then the fun begins: we get to design your setting!

I love working with people; and I guess people must love working with me, as custom design has become my primary focus.  I have done literally thousands of designs for clients over the past 35 years; with fantastic results because the first thing I do is listen! Then I start a design from scratch.  When we are finished, the piece is the best it can possibly be for you because you have been involved every step of the way.   (This is why we're only open three days a week- otherwise I'm in my studio designing!)

When I have time; I also do original designs for sale in the store (see "Karen Nottonson Designs" in the online store); and hunt for other fun, high quality  jewelry to add to the variety of styles and price points.  So please browse, enjoy, get to know us and call!

Hope to see you soon! -Karen Nottonson

Harper and Faye Custom Jewelers in Boston

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