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Welcome to Open Studio, a new Racked feature where we'll explore the workspaces and showrooms of some of the city's most talented, up-and-coming designers.

Jewelry designer Grace Cayre's Manhattan studio is a quiet, peaceful escape from the frenzy right outside her door: Midtown. Despite the constant rush of traffic (pedestrian, cab, and CitiBike), the founder of the jewelry brand Gracelette has turned her apartment into more than just a beautiful home—it's also a phenomenal workspace.

The New York native has been volunteering at The Village Temple for nearly fourteen years. The soup kitchen relied on weekly donations in order to provide meals, emotional guidance, and aid to the homeless. Now, Grace combines philanthropy with design, with a portion of Gracelette's proceeds benefiting the homeless.

The line currently includes dainty rings, ring-to-wrist designs, and bracelets, with plans to expand into earrings and baby pearls. Grace is also very specific about her packaging, and admits that she won't sample a piece until she knows how it'll be wrapped up. Take the tour after the jump.—Esther Levy-Chehebar

Gracelette's prices start at $135 for most rings and run up to $165 for bracelets. The line is currently sold at boutiques like Curve, Owen, and ABC Home. The online shop is up and running, with free US shipping, as well as International shipping—just in time for Valentine's Day.
· Gracelette [Official Site]