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Albertine General marks boutique owner Kyung Lee's third West Village shop, taking over the former space of much-loved bookshop Oscar Wilde. Mismatched cases full of glittering jewelry are surrounded by the found-object art of master printer Robert Warner, shelves strewn with antique knickknacks, a vintage sewing table, and a piano. The stock runs the style gamut from bold to delicate, focusing on unique pieces from designers like Becca Straus, Kathryn Bentley, Madame Fortuna, and Cave Canem. Though it’s packed with baubles, the spot has a more masculine, quirky vibe than Lee’s previous stores: Wares like vintage martini glasses, engraved tableware, cards fixed with antique black-and-white photographs, and cuff links made from vintage Guinness buttons skew the glam assortment of diamonds and pearls. Fittingly, Lee fosters a convivial vibe at the General, with friends-and-family socials every Wednesday night that include popped bottles of prosecco, whiskey cocktails, and an occasional piano player.
Key DepartmentsWedding Rings
Kyung Lee’s tiny boutique carries a unique collection of edgy jewelry from mostly local up-and-coming designers. Heirloom rose-cut diamond chandelier earrings (from $2,000), cut-glass drop earrings ($145), and antique ethereal headbands (from $145) are perfect for modern brides.