Waldo Cabrera of "My Long Island TV" visited jeweler Eric Messin at his design studio in the Pelletreau Silver Shop in Southampton Village to learn about Messin's craft.
Pelletreau Silver Shop was built in 1668 and stands at its original location on Main Street. Originally a dry goods store, it was purchased in 1717 by whale oil merchant Francis Pelletreau. His grandson, silversmith Elias Pelletreau, used it as a workshop between 1750 and 1810. Elias, a local hero, was a captain in the Suffolk County Militia during the Revolutionary War.
Eric Messin came to America as a young man from his small village in the French Alps, according to his studio's website. He is the son of an artist who traveled the countryside painting landscapes, and had an apprenticeship in the European tradition with Jean Huffenus, a master jeweler in Philadelphia. He went on to work in prestigious jewelry houses in New York, including Van Cleef and Arpels. Now his business is located in the village of Southampton, where he designs and handcrafts platinum and 18-karat gold jewelry.
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