Erica's Story

​Erica taught herself to make jewelry in the mid-2000s, while bouncing between jobs in the arts, fashion, and theatrical costuming. Combining tiny collected objects with vintage charms and chain, she quickly developed a fan following and hired her friend, Lindsay, to help keep up with growing orders. The pair soon decided to open a retail shop in downtown Manhattan, where they incorporated a small collection of inexpensive antique jewelry, too. A second shop in Brooklyn opened a few years later.

After five years of designing their own jewelry, the antiques bug bit them. Hard. They put their Art History and Anthropology degrees to use, researching the human history behind each piece. With an insatiable curiosity they began travelling the world to acquire antique jewels. Their identification skills rapidly expanded, helped along by experienced mentors, traditional research, and through formal gemology studies. Telling each rare jewel's story is their obsession; the thrill of discovery drives their collection forward.

They soon developed a line of made-in-NYC fine jewelry that combines elements of their favorite antique pieces. Making use of recycled gems, they reference shapes, themes, and motifs from history. The line, 1909, is named for the year Erica's paternal grandmother was born in downtown Manhattan.

Lindsay and Erica collect antiques with an eye towards the weird, esoteric, and rare, seeking out jewels that have a quirky origin. Well-crafted vintage wedding and engagement pieces are a special treat to work with - Erica and Lindsay will show you why each one is unique. Their two NYC stores are always full of newly acquired antique pieces, alongside their original (and still cult-favorited) handmade jewelry.

The Team

Lindsay

antiques nerd, partner in crime, boss-lady numero dos

Favorite piece:

Secret Message Acrostic Ring

Ashley

production manager

Favorite piece:

My antique engagement ring!

Emily

press / pr

Favorite piece:

Never Despair Intaglio

Adnelly

general manager

Favorite piece:

Teepee Earrings

Kelsy

sales associate

Favorite piece:

Turquoise Bow Ring

Lucy

head jeweler / jr. designer

Favorite piece:

Scarab Spinner Ring

Christy

sales associate

Favorite piece:

Chevron Band

Eva

sales associate

Favorite piece:

Man in the Moon Ring

Bunny

emotional support animal

Favorite piece:

What is jewelry?

Jobs

Want to learn how to do what we do?
Intern with us.

You must be NYC-based and available 2 5-hour days per week.
 Internships last 3 months and are unpaid, but we’ll buy you lunch and school credit is usually available (check with your internship office first).

Email ashley@ericaweiner.com for more information.