Addessi Jewelers celebrates 70th year

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Addessi Jewelers is celebrating 70 years as an independently-owned jewelry boutique whose focus has always been on community, and building long-lasting and trusting relationships with clients.

According to second-generation owner Wayne Addessi, the past seven decades of hard work have earned them the ability to source the rarest and finest gemstones — a privilege afforded only to select jewelers in the USA.


The Addessi family in Nantucket for Wayne and Bernadette’s 35th wedding anniversary and vow renewal. From left to right, soon to be son-in-law, Joe Miele and daughter Meghan, son Thomas, Wayne and Bernadette Addessi and daughter and son-in-law Kate and Bryan Melo.

Global connections make it possible for Wayne and his team to find almost anything for clients, including an ideal 30-carat color gem (of which only a handful may exist in the world) to a turn-of-the-century estate piece or a preowned Rolex.

Wayne’s Dad, Rick, started in the family business right after his brother John opened up the first Addessi Jewelers in Danbury in 1948. The brothers worked hard operating multiple stores in various towns in Fairfield County for more than 50 years.

It was in 1995 that Wayne took the reins, and the business began to change. The focus evolved into a collection of fine jewelry, rare gems and exotic pieces. Services have always been strong and have grown substantially in terms of what is sourced, created, and designed in house.

Creative services are available six days a week, with Wayne often busy at home or traveling to source special requests — always with an eye on exceeding client expectations.  

“I am always available by email, text or cell phone and expect the same of our service partners when it comes to creating the perfect masterpiece. Some of my best ideas come to me at 4 a.m. or in the middle of a Sunday afternoon,” says Wayne.

As for community, Wayne became involved civically in Ridgefield and quickly established himself as a doer and supporter of many local organizations and venues both as a donor or volunteer.

“I am very passionate about Ridgefield, and oftentimes outspoken, but only because I care — maybe more than the next person. That’s just my nature,” he said.  

Wayne works diligently to lead, support or partner and build strong relationships within the community. He has great respect for neighboring business leaders, and continues to help organize events to benefit the local community.

Today, he is spearheading an effort to market Ridgefield with a focus on arts and culture. inRidgefield will be launched this summer with an open house Friday, May 18, at the Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance.

Wayne added Suzanne Brennan, who many residents love, to the Addessi team last summer. She serves as Addessi’s Community Development Director and Assistant Manager.

“Suzanne is an exciting, caring and experienced member of our team. Together, with my daughter Kate, the two of them make the best team I’ve ever had,” Wayne said.

Kate Addessi-Melo has grown up in the family business, and is the store’s manager — representing the third generation of Addessi.

“Kate truly loves what she brings to the business and is a natural! She has infused herself into our business with a modern vitality — our clients love Kate, and look to her to advise and share her design ideas with them,” Wayne said. “She is responsible for bringing in many new collections in rare gems, such as the Paraiba tourmaline. I love having her by my side.

“We work as a team and offer a service to the client that is the single most important facet and that is to build sustaining relationships. Ridgefield offers its residents many attributes with its level of arts, culture, dining and specialty shops. We are a draw from other towns as well, and we are grateful to be a part of Ridgefield.”

Addessi Jewelers is located at 387 Main Street, Ridgefield; call 203-438-6549 or visit online at

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