Q&A with Janet Pleasants
Graff Diamonds’ Janet Pleasants shares her favorite designers, finds, experiences, and destinations.
Everything that glitters is diamonds in the life of Janet Pleasants, who has worked in the jewelry industry since high school. A certified bench jeweler, she managed the Tiffany & Co. location on Worth Avenue for seven years before accepting a managerial position at Graff Diamonds in Palm Beach. During her tenure, Pleasants has helped many lucky buyers procure priceless pieces; she even aided tennis player Chris Evert in creating a custom diamond necklace to present to rival Martina Navratilova in honor of her eighteenth grand slam win. When she’s not crafting one-of-a-kind jewels, Pleasants enjoys relaxing at her Palm Beach home with her husband, former Palm Beach chief of police Michael Reiter, and supporting causes like cystic fibrosis and local organizations such as The Society of the Four Arts and the Flagler Museum.
FAVORITE FASHION HOUSE Gucci
SIGNATURE ACCESSORY A multicolored Hermès shawl
RECENT COVETED PURCHASE A custom-made Nantucket basket by Gerry Brown
FAVORITE PALM BEACH RESTAURANT Sant Ambroeus
BELOVED PALM BEACH BITE The S’mores Pie at The Italian Restaurant at The Breakers
BINGE WATCHES The Crown, The Americans, Homeland
MUST-HAVE GADGET My new Amazon Echo Look
HIDDEN TALLENT I’m an avid knitter and needle pointer.
GUILTY PLEASURE Chocolate almond bark
PALM BEACH OBSESSION Match, the shoe store at The Breakers
ON HER WISH LIST A Graff triple butterfly diamond ring
FAVORITE ESCAPE Capri, Italy
GREATEST EXTRAVAGANCE Designing custom charms for my charm bracelet to mark travels and special occasions
MOST TREASURED POSSESSION My engagement ring because of the symbolism and the thought my husband put into selecting it
FAVORITE HISTORICAL FIGURE Jackie Kennedy Onassis. I’ve always admired her sophistication and wonderful fashion sense.
BUCKET LIST TRIP The Delaire Graff Estate and Vineyards in Stellenbosch, South Africa
GO-TO HOSTESS GIFT Lori Jayne embroidered throws