When Entrepreneurs DO Right in Their Home State – Alex and Ani

When Entrepreneurs DO Right in Their Home State – Alex and Ani


If you have not heard of the jewelry chain Alex and Ani you will soon.  Like the Rhode Island real estate coastline, the enthusiastic wave of how this Rhode Island jewelry company is spreading like a tsunami to buyers across the country and

Alex and Ani make RI real estate great

Alex and Ani bracelets – eco-friendly materials

beyond is wild.

Carolyn Rafaelian is the creator and chief designer of this one of a kind eco-friendly RI jewelry company, Alex and Ani.  Daughter of a former jewelry manufacturer she wanted to develop her brand and ensure jewelry is made in her RI home state and watch it successfully grow.  Jewelry manufacturing use to be a main lifeblood of RI and it has been lost to overseas production and workers…but she is bringing it back…one Alex and Ani store at a time.

What began in RI in 2004 for this jewelry entrepreneur is exciting women everywhere.

What she gives back to the state of RI in entrepreneurial know how, investment and appreciation for her RI roots sets her apart.  Family & friends call me from other states excited about Alex & Ani jewelry I send them and its mantra.  It evokes a real sense of pride to see a Rhode Island company hit the right nerves for women of all ages.

Ms. Rafaelian has recently bought RI Sakonnet Vineyards ( to ensure RI ownership of this vineyard) and has just bought the magnificent Newport RI mansion Belcourt Castle which she plans to restore to greatness and keep open to public and events.  Her investment in the culture and business in RI is truly inspirational and it is not just in jewelry!


What touched me so much locally as a RI sales agent is her company’s buying of one of the oldest Wickford Village stores that was about to go into foreclosure, Wilson’s of Wickford.  She understood the need to have this store remain as part of the waterfront Wickford village’s environment and as a landmark.  It was life saving truly.  Done quietly and supportively for a local North Kingstown economy during hard times.  Alex and Ani will be housed within the store along with other small  businesses.

What can businesses and companies learn from Alex and Ani’s business sense?


You can see it and I don’t have to tell you that in a struggling economy a company that gives back is supported tenfold by the consumer.  Alex and Ani is growing!  And is that not wonderful to see and support.  All I can say is that it is wonderful When Entrepreneurs DO Right in Their Home State – Alex and Ani.

Ginny Lacey Gorman is your go to waterfront Rhode Island agent for real estate in North Kingstown RI and beyond…knowing the geographic area, schools, happenings and important tidbits of local information.  Email me at RiByTheBay@gmail.com to make an appointment to find the home of your dreams too!

Waterfront, oceanfront, luxury and coastal Rhode Island real estate are my specialty but all of RI is my backyard.  When you are in need of a true real estate professional for your buying, selling or relocating needs and an internet savvy agent and marketer who sells RI houses in this real estate market call Ginny at 401.529.7849.