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Some of Soho and Nolita's best stores have L.A. roots: Clare Vivier, The Reformation, and now…Broken English. The West Coast jewelry shop opened in the rear of Crosby Street's AllSaints outpost this summer, giving shoppers who prefer ear jackets and boulder opals to princess-cut diamonds some options in the city's fine jewelry landscape—and thereby earning a Racked Award for Best L.A. Import this year.
Owner Laura Freedman, who attributes her love of all things sparkly to her Vegas showgirl mother, has stocked the space with Pamela Love's arrowhead cocktail rings, Lito's diamond-studded evil eye pendants, and Sia Taylor's delicate gold-dot necklaces. She's also kind of an estate sale genius—regularly unearthing vintage treasures like Victorian scarab necklaces and cameo rings to sell alongside Broken English's more modern picks.
While the city has witnessed a jewelry boom in recent years, Broken English has really found its market in women looking for that sweet spot between unfussy stacking jewelry and megawatt statement styles—especially those who prefer their pieces with a plucked-from-the-earth bent (like Jacquie Aiche cuffs that combine diamonds with sharks' teeth, or Martin Bernstein's chain-draped aquamarines).