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Bowery Boogie   Posted on: December 5th, 2013 at 6:00 am by Lori Greenberg

Beloved neighborhood institution Little King Jewelry closed their doors last week. It was a case of yet another favorite local shop having to re-think their business strategy in this current economy.

Co-owner Jennifer O’Sullivan stated that they made the difficult decision to close in order to redirect their funds. “We will now focus on selling online, wholesale and also to private clients, which will allow us to do more custom work,” she said.

Jewelry designer Regan and gemologist O’Sullivan first opened Little King Jewelry in the East Village in 2001, at 319 East 9th Street. After 10 years in a basement space, which was prone to flooding, they moved to bigger digs at 177 Lafayette Street in 2011. Which was also the day before Hurricane Irene.

Little King’s jewelry is a mix of “stylishly creative jewelry, ranging from classic to indie, rock & roll to one-of-kind, and couture jewelry for all occasions.” One can find an art deco inspired engagement ring just as easily as a pair of skull cufflinks with black diamond accents. Regan and O’Sullivan describe their jewelry as “21st Century Heirlooms.” They also use eco-friendly materials in their work.

They recently announced the closing on their facebook page:

It saddens us to announce our departure from Lafayette Street. Your ongoing support is deeply appreciated and is what has kept us committed to being your jewelers – for life. That being said, we will be at the same phone number and the same email address. To all of you with jobs in progress, we will contact you very soon to provide an update on your piece and schedule a preview/pick up date. We will also be reaching out to others who have expressed interest but have not yet confirmed.The website is undergoing a major renovation as well, so please check in for further updates and online shopping.

Contact Little King Jewelry on their website or on their facebook page.