Merchant of the Week: ICD Comtemporary Jewelry

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December 14, 2012
by Rob Greenstein

I wanted to meet the woman who had served in the Israeli army, went to Columbia University and has had a store in Chappaqua for 35 years.

Varda Singer

ICD Contemporary Jewelry
75 S Greeley Ave # 1
Chappaqua, NY 10514

How long has your store been a member of our community?

We opened in 1976.  That’s over 35 years in Chappaqua!  I also live in Chappaqua.

Have you always been involved in the jewelry business?

Yes, I come from a family entrenched in the jewelry business.  My father was a prominent diamond merchant in Israel.  After serving in the Israeli army, I came to America to attend Columbia University, and then began my career as a jeweler importing and selling at the wholesale level. 

shop front

Tell me about your motto, “Timeless Elegance in Fine Jewelry.”

Timeless Elegance is jewelry which is classic and chic.  It will be in fashion for a long time, like a Chanel bag.  I believe that fashion jewelry can be trendy.  It’s very rewarding when fine jewelry keeps a classic look for many generations to come.

Do you still import much of your inventory?

Yes, I travel the world in search of unique treasures.  We have an enchanting collection of fine jewelry from international designers.

necklace and earrings

Do you also create custom pieces?

Yes.  We offer an array of unique and unparalleled custom services.  We have designed one-of-a-kind pieces exclusive to ICD.  You can see some of our custom creations on our web site

Tell me about some of your famous clientele.

All our clients are special.  Some of our more famous clients are Vanessa Williams, Kim Van Gundy, President Bill Clinton, and Secretary of State Hillary.


Tell me about how you transform a collection of jewelry languishing in a jewelry box into contemporary pieces.

We’ll update your jewelry wardrobe by turning your necklace, bracelet or pair of earrings into a stunning work of art.  Whether it’s a cherished antique that needs updating, or a newer piece that lacks distinction, we’ll create a fresh, exciting design just for you.  I recently visited a customer in her home.  She spilled all her jewelry onto a long table.  I began sifting, sorting and making piles. I decided to combine a small simple diamond hoop earring with an art deco diamond with a pearl pin to create hanging earrings.  I cut the pin in half and attached the halves to the hoop.  I combined different strands and pearls to create a smashing significant bracelet.  I took an outdated bracelet and created three pair of precious earrings for her granddaughters.  We pride ourselves in our expertise and sense of style to enhance your collection.

What would you recommend to make our downtown hamlets more vibrant?

I think we are heading in the right direction.  The town has a different feel to it.  Residents are making an effort to Shop Local!


Any special discounts for NewCastleNOW readers who mention this article?

We want our customers to fall in love with their jewels again this holiday season.  Make an appointment with Varda and receive a free $100 jewelry facelift to sparkle in time for the holidays. 

Looking forward to seeing you.

the team
Left to right: Donna Casciano, Sarah Doherty, Varda Singer (owner), Virginia Shasha, Lara Fuhrer, student intern

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THANK YOU Varda of ICD for your generous annual donations to the Church of St. Mary the Virgin Outreach Auction Dinner.  Your donations help benefit charities, local and international, assisting people in need.  We appreciate your community support!

By Denise Hanchet on 12/14/2012 at 9:17 am

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